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Ok Go

Ok Go

September 30
12:00 2002

“Capitol Records
Rating: A

Sean Jamison
Staff Writer

With rock music ensnared in a downward spiral, Ok Go enters the decaying scene in an attempt to reclaim some of the genre’s integrity.
Ok Go’s self-titled debut album features a special blend of raw rock riffs and catchy and repetitive aspects of pop music. The result is a refreshing and addictive sound that is both distinctive and oddly familiar thanks to years of development.
The vocals, provided by singer/guitarist Damian Kulash Jr., are powerful and witty. Kulash’s lyrics are well-worded and maintain a constant flow even when tackling multiple and random subjects.
Part of what makes Ok Go so special is the ever-present keyboard, provided by Andy Duncan, which looms throughout the tracks generating an eerie yet comforting feel. Duncan is no Mozart when it comes to “tickling the ivories,” but his simplistic accompaniments provide a beautifully balanced and robust sound.
Despite their distinctive sound, Ok Go share a quaint resemblance of several influential bands. C-C-C-Cinnamon Lips is suggestive of Ween’s work on “Chocolate & Cheese” and “The Fix is In” is hauntingly reminiscent of the Beatles’ sound during the Sgt. Pepper era. Also, influences of The Cure are obviously present in the track “There’s a Fire.”
I highly recommend this album to music fans of all genres. From start to finish, Ok Go presents cunningly engineered tunes and masterfully executes them. ???????
Personally, I believe Ok Go is on the brink of media notoriety, which would be a welcome change from all of the Britneys and ‘N’Syncs of this world. While Ok Go won’t be rock music’s knight in shining armor, it will help pave the way through some of the muck currently on the market.

India Arie
Voyage To India
Motown Records
Rating: A+

Nyette Word
Staff Writer

India Arie is one of the most overlooked neo-soul artists in the music industry.
With the release of her sophomore album Voyage to India, she is sure to get start raising some eyebrows. This is a follow-up to her 2001 Acoustic Soul which sold 1.64 million copies and earned her Grammy nominations as well as BET and Soul Train music awards.
This new album doesn’t feature any guest appearances, although Arie has built a reputation as collaborator since the release of her first album. She has recorded duets with John Mellencamp (“Peaceful World”) and jazz singer Cassandra Wilson (“Just Another Parade”).
On the first single “Little Things” Arie talks about the simple things which people take for granted but she appreciates. She sings, “Call in the morning from my little sister singing to me Happy Birthday. In the quest for fortune and fame don’t forget about the simple things.”
Listeners will be intrigued to know that Arie addresses the issue of respect in “Talk to Her” where she sings about having the same respect for your girlfriend as you would have for your mother.
Although Arie is known for her heart-pounding love ballads, she gives listeners some upbeat tracks such as “Slow Down” and “The One.”
India Arie will be in Dallas Nov. 16 at the Bronco Bowl along with Slum Village.”

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