Oh No (album)

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Oh No
Oh No (OK Go album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by OK Go
Released August 30, 2005
Recorded Late 2004–2005
Genre Alternative rock, power pop
Length 76:26
Label Capitol
Producer Tore Johansson
OK Go chronology
Do What You Want
(2005)
Oh No
(2005)
You're Not Alone
(2008)
Singles from Oh No
  1. "A Million Ways"
    Released: August 2005
  2. "Do What You Want"
    Released: April 3, 2006
  3. "Oh Lately It's So Quiet"
    Released: May 2006
  4. "Invincible"
    Released: June 2006
  5. "Here It Goes Again"
    Released: September 25, 2006

Oh No is the second studio album by American rock band OK Go. It was released 30 August 2005. The album was recorded in late 2004 with producer Tore Johansson in Malmö, Sweden and mixed by Dave Sardy in Los Angeles. It is the final album to feature guitarist Andy Duncan, who left shortly after recording finished.

As of January 12, 2007, the album had sold 198,045 units.

After the band's performance at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards, their album moved up to #2 on the iTunes Music Store album sales charts (as of September 3, 2006). Their album sold 8,250 units in the following week, a 95% increase over the prior week, rocketing from #87 to #69 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, the highest position ever achieved by any OK Go album until the release of Of the Blue Colour of the Sky five years later.[1]

On November 7, 2006, OK Go released a deluxe limited edition CD/DVD of the album. The DVD contains their videos (dancing and playing instruments), a video from 180 fans doing the "A Million Ways" dance for a YouTube contest, previously unseen footage, and a behind-the-scenes look of their treadmill rehearsals for the video and for the VMAs.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Damian Kulash Jr.; all music composed by Damian Kulash Jr., except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Invincible" 3:30
2. "Do What You Want" (Kulash, Timothy Nordwind) 3:05
3. "Here It Goes Again" 2:59
4. "A Good Idea at the Time" (Kulash, Nordwind) 3:05
5. "Oh Lately It's So Quiet" 3:00
6. "It's a Disaster" (Kulash, Andrew Duncan) 3:21
7. "A Million Ways" (Kulash, Nordwind) 3:13
8. "No Sign of Life" (Kulash, Duncan) 3:48
9. "Let It Rain" (Kulash, Nordwind) 2:56
10. "Crash the Party" 2:24
11. "Television, Television" 2:39
12. "Maybe, This Time" (Kulash, Duncan) 3:15
13. "The House Wins" 4:14
Total length: 41:40
United States edition
No. Title Length
14. "9027 km" 34:46
Total length: 76:26
"9027 km" is a 35-minute track on the US version of the album that is not included on the cover sleeve. It is a low-grade recording of frontman Damian Kulash's sleeping girlfriend. After parting with the label, Kulash would later admit that was a hasty recording that he made before submitting the final album to the record label. The track was added to pad out the CD and thereby prevent their label from using the extra space to add DRM software, which would limit transfer of the music from the CD.[2] Kulash justified the inclusion of this track to the label as an old "love note" recording sent from his girlfriend while he was away recording the album and that it would have to be included in its entirety as his artistic license. He later reported that the label could have easily uncovered the truth - that the track was a hasty addition - because there were faint sounds of fireworks in the background of the recording, dating the recording to the 4th of July just before it was submitted. The name of the track is based on the distance between Malmö, Sweden and Los Angeles, California (9027 kilometers), where Kulash and his girlfriend were respectively based during the production of the album. [3]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (64/100)[4]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[5]
Entertainment.ie 4/5 stars[6]
Kludge 6/10[7]
Pitchfork Media 2.2/10[8]
PopMatters 7/10[9]
Slant Magazine 4/5 stars[10]

Oh No has received praise, and holds an aggregated 64 out of 100, based out of 14 critics, indicating "generally favourable reviews".[4]

Personnel[edit]

OK Go
Additional musicians
  • Jens Lingård – trombone on "A Good Idea at the Time" and "No Sign of Life"
  • Peter Lingård – trumpet on "A Good Idea at the Time" and "No Sign of Life"
  • Sven Andersson – trombone on "A Good Idea at the Time" and "No Sign of Life"
  • Filip Runesson – viola on "The House Wins"
  • Rasmus Kihlberg – second drummer on "It's a Disaster", "Crash the Party" and "The House Wins"
  • The Mopeds – actors on "Invincible" (portrayed the fictitious vocal group "The Space Odyssey Counting Gang" on the song)
  • Flor Serna – keyboard player on "It's a Disaster"
  • Hannah Montoya – hardcore drummer on "A Good Idea at the Time"
Production credits
  • Tore Johansson – producer/engineer/mixing engineer on "A Good Idea at the Time", "Oh Lately It's So Quiet", "It's a Disaster", "A Million Ways", "No Sign of Life", "Let It Rain", "Maybe, This Time" and "The House Wins"
  • Jens Lingård – assistant producer/engineer
  • David Carlsson – engineer
  • Peter Lingård – engineer
  • Dave Sardy – mixing engineer on "Invincible", "Do What You Want", "Here It Goes Again", "Crash the Party" and "Television, Television"
  • Ken Slutier – second unit producer
  • Eric Drew Feldman – second unit 1st assistant producer
  • Howard Willing – second unit 2nd assistant producer/A&R liaison for Capitol Records
  • Robert Vosgien – mastering engineer
  • Mary Fagot – art direction
  • Damian Kulash, Jr. – design
  • Sunja Park – layout
  • Dusan Reljin – photography
  • Tom Fowlks – additional photography

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Timberlake's 'Sexy' Fends Off Fergie For No. 1". Billboard.com. September 14, 2006. Retrieved 2006-10-23. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 4, 2014. Retrieved June 19, 2013. 
  3. ^ https://youtube.com/devicesupport, 2015-04-17, retrieved 2015-05-29  External link in |title= (help)
  4. ^ a b "Reviews for Oh No by OK Go - Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved 13 June 2015. 
  5. ^ Allmusic review
  6. ^ Entertainment.ie review
  7. ^ Kludge review
  8. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  9. ^ PopMatters review
  10. ^ Slant Magazine review

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