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CD Reviews:  OK Go: OK Go

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OK Go just might be the party record of 2002, the Freeze Frame of Generation Z (or whatever those darn kids call themselves these days). The Chicago quartet has assembled a bubbly debut album with enough hooks, lines and zingers to keep the heads bobbing at the next kegger, and as an added bonus it seems to chronicle the entire span of a disastrous relationship. It gets a little precious in parts, but overall is a hell of a lot of fun. 

"Get Over It," leadoff track and first single from the album, is one of the singles of the year. Its intro is politely borrowed from "Love Stinks" -- further continuing the J. Geils comparison -- and has a chorus straight from Dave Lowery and Cracker. The Lowery influence also shows up on the ballad "Shortly Before the End." Hey, at least they have good role models. "C-C-C-Cinnamon Lips" is another hook-laden gem, with a great drum track and bounciness that belies the rejected-lover-lyric. "Don't Ask Me" is a great kiss-off to an ex that has become suspiciously friendly. "Don't act so damn benign/Don't waste my fucking time/Don't ask me how I've been." 

Someone's clearly pissed off singer and main songwriter Damian Kulash Jr., even to the point where he's deflecting away the hotties. ("You're a bad-hearted boy-trap, baby doll/But you're so damn hot.") Most of his one-liners are clever, though others, like the chorus to "What to Do" ("Sweetheart you'll find/Mediocre people do exceptional things all the time"), are downright snotty. He even named one song "Hello My Treacherous Friends," which just has to hurt his groupie potential a little. 

But what the band lacks in subtlety is made up for in raw enthusiasm. These songs sing, jump, rock, swoon and just about everything else. The sound is modern, though the arrangements (namely the drum beats) have a whiff of 1980s pop about them. But this isn't some retro cash-in record. OK Go are very much of their time; they're poppy, they can rock, and they keep their friends close and enemies even closer. And no one is exempt from a tell-off. Those looking for 10 songs just like "Get Over It" might be slightly disappointed, as that's one of the more rockin' songs on the album. Those who just want to have fun, though, should be very pleased. I'll be very curious to see what they have planned for a follow-up.

David Medsker

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