46 Songs, 2 Hours 48 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

It’s almost too easy to overlook the great music this L.A.-based quartet makes in favor of praising the videos, but Of the Blue Colour of the Sky is an underrated mini-masterpiece, with the guitar-rock outfit morphing on a handful of songs into a Prince-inspired, pop-funk generator. The tunes have teeth, as opener “WTF” well shows, with its hissing keyboard, clanging guitar funk and Damian Kulash’s twitchy, wild-hare falsetto. Is this faux funk, or the real thing? The question becomes moot when the kaleidoscopic pop of “This Too Shall Pass” takes over, and when the joyous, hope-filled “All Is Not Lost” soars with glittery keys and fluttering guitars. The band returns to a silky, funk groove on “Skyscrapers,” and lights a fire with booty-shaking Prince-isms on “White Knuckles.” Blue Colour is one big neon party, and all the band’s amazing videos and wacky concepts (the obscure book that inspired the title, the methodology in creating the artwork) don’t count for much more than icing and confetti. The real star is the music. The “Extra Nice” version contains a whopping amount of bonus material like demos, remixes and an interview with NPR’s Ira Glass.

EDITORS’ NOTES

It’s almost too easy to overlook the great music this L.A.-based quartet makes in favor of praising the videos, but Of the Blue Colour of the Sky is an underrated mini-masterpiece, with the guitar-rock outfit morphing on a handful of songs into a Prince-inspired, pop-funk generator. The tunes have teeth, as opener “WTF” well shows, with its hissing keyboard, clanging guitar funk and Damian Kulash’s twitchy, wild-hare falsetto. Is this faux funk, or the real thing? The question becomes moot when the kaleidoscopic pop of “This Too Shall Pass” takes over, and when the joyous, hope-filled “All Is Not Lost” soars with glittery keys and fluttering guitars. The band returns to a silky, funk groove on “Skyscrapers,” and lights a fire with booty-shaking Prince-isms on “White Knuckles.” Blue Colour is one big neon party, and all the band’s amazing videos and wacky concepts (the obscure book that inspired the title, the methodology in creating the artwork) don’t count for much more than icing and confetti. The real star is the music. The “Extra Nice” version contains a whopping amount of bonus material like demos, remixes and an interview with NPR’s Ira Glass.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
94 Ratings

94 Ratings

31bananas ,

edition

I love that its the extra nice edition. I think from now on all deluxe albums should be called that. Whos with me?

maggiejed ,

Wow!

Guys really, this album is great. ALSO!! Do not buy the normal edition, buy the extra nice edition. I bought mine at a store, not itunes, and I got over 50 songs from one album!!! I don't think that itunes has that many, because on the album I bought, there was a code inside to get more free stuff. Anyways, I LOVE THIS ALBUM! If you want to hear experimental albums, this one is the one to get. You get the normal album, and then you get like 3 versions of each song, like the album version, the 2nd studio version, and then the demo, and they even remixed some!!! GET THIS ALBUM!

XTCFan6 ,

Only $11.99!

This is worth way more than that. At $11.99 each song is about 26 cents. Thanks for all the essentially free stuff, iTunes!

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