OK Go
Hungry Ghosts


2.5
average

Review

by scottpilgrim10 USER (13 Reviews)
October 8th, 2014 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: OK Stop

Hungry Ghosts panders to the nth degree by suffocating each track with obnoxious blaring synths being completely devoid of originality. While not every OK Go record is a home run at least you could tell they were trying. The record is overproduced beyond belief, making differentiating each track a chore. While this new direction is not a welcomed one, there are a few moments that make the album not a complete waste of time.

Hungry Ghosts is very similar to modern indie bands like Foster the People, but with a prevalent electronic tinge. The tracks are immediately catchy and filled with grandiose hooks, but after all is said and done nothing sticks. It’s fun and all while it’s going on, but remembering a lyric or synth is a nearly impossible task. The music works best when it’s at it’s most eccentric or quirky, video game bleeps and bloops on “I’m Not Through” are a joyous addition when the chorus is about as timid and underwhelming as it gets. The drumming on the record is it’s saving grace, shining when there is silence to be filled. The main problem with Hungry Ghosts is that it repeats it’s choruses often beating the listener to submission with stale lyrical cliches and ham fisted song-writing. OK Go also forcibly jams superfluous noise into a majority of the tracks making sure ADD riddled teenagers are being stimulated, to the detriment of the album’s quality.

Not everything is garbage on Hungry Ghosts, for example the final track entitled “Lullaby”. The song’s soothing vocal harmonies work wonders when OK Go gets rid of all the electronic elements. It’s a heartfelt closing note, which feels especially genuine in comparison to the rest of the album. The guitar playing feels warm and natural, a far cry on a middle of the road electronic album. The previously mentioned “I’m Not Through” has a groovy vibe including well implemented cowbells and video game sound clips, that entertains to no end. “I Won’t Let You Down” screams single material, with many similarities to Foster’s “Coming of Age”. It’s upbeat and positive atmosphere is contagious, but like many other tracks on Hungry Ghosts the song’s pitfall is in the lyrical department, where lead singer Damian Kulash spouts out cliched reaffirmations of his love.

If you aren’t a fan of OK Go now, Hungry Ghosts won’t change your mind. It plays it extremely safe by moving away from their pop rock origins to the current fad of electronically tinged pop music. Stand out moments are far and few between, and they really are only good in comparison to the overproduced drivel that makes up the rest of the album's run time. Do yourself a favor, and skip OK Go’s uninspired Hungry Ghosts.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
scottpilgrim10
October 8th 2014


4750 Comments


Stream the album here: http://hypem.com/premiere/ok+go

My favorite tracks are: I'm Not Through, I Won't Let You Down, Obsession, and Lullaby

Xar
October 8th 2014


1652 Comments


Awful band.

Snake.
October 8th 2014


21823 Comments


treadmills or gtfo

BMDrummer
October 8th 2014


14647 Comments


wow didn't know this band still existed

scottpilgrim10
October 9th 2014


4750 Comments


Xar they have some good tunes.

Now I have an extreme urge to watch Here It Goes Again thanks Snake

yep the bands still alive and kicking

Supercoolguy64
October 9th 2014


9216 Comments


epic cover art

scottpilgrim10
October 9th 2014


4750 Comments


all their albums have pretty neat art or at least striking visuals

scottpilgrim10
October 9th 2014


4750 Comments


Grandpa Seth gave this a 4 and he has his shoutbox turned off so I can't even ask him about the album smh

SowingSeason
Moderator
October 9th 2014


33095 Comments


I had no idea these guys were releasing an album. I actually really enjoyed their self-titled debut.

Digging: Mac Miller - Circles

scottpilgrim10
October 9th 2014


4750 Comments


you might enjoy this if you're already a fan, but it's pretty average material imo

I didn't know either until I checked all the recent album streams on albumstreams.com

NickelbackFTL
October 10th 2014


230 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I'm not particularly a fan of these guys outside of some of the singles, but I'm seeing them tomorrow night because I assume they put on a fun show.

PeyoteCoyote
October 12th 2014


12 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Album is hot garbage.

scottpilgrim10
October 12th 2014


4750 Comments


It's not the worst thing I've listened to

gryndstone
November 4th 2014


1399 Comments


pretty sure at this point they just make music to accompany the videos they make

conditionals
November 12th 2016


555 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Love the hate here. They're a pretty great band, and equally focused on the music as they are videos.

This isn't a very strong album, though. It definitely has its moments - Obsession, I'm Not Through, Upside & Inside Out. It just doesn't make much of an impression.

Definitely check out their first two if you want to hear some consistent excellence.

MeatSalad
November 26th 2016


17472 Comments


Band is gimmicky mediocrity made manifest

conditionals
March 1st 2017


555 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I've got to disagree. If only on a technical level because they existed before their videos became a gimmick.

jsaf7
March 19th 2017


393 Comments


Absolute shit band, thankfully i haven't heard this.

Kompys2000
December 31st 2017


3450 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This album is nowhere near as bad as everyone here seems to think, but my goodness was it a step down from OtBCotS.



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