Upbeat debut from Chicago-based four-piece
Even with all the ingredients of a miserably intense rock band?lead singer and brainy lyricist Damian Kulash has a semiotics degree and spent years touring with the likes of Elliott Smith?Ok Go sound… well, happy. This is an album packed with glam rock drumming, Mick Ronson-circa-Ziggy Stardust riffs, Teenage Fanclub harmonies, and even the occasional nod to The Cars (“You’re So Damn Hot”). Even the lovelorn sentiments (“Hello, My Treacherous Friends” and “Bye Bye Baby”) sound melodious and summery. Sheer unironic rock pleasure.