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Album Review

On 2002's Action Album!, Oh My God dangled the ends of lyrics over scary precipices dropping between bass, drum, and organ. The approach heightened the album's tense, arty quake, but it was at the expense of accessibility (and, occasionally, listenability). Interrogations and Confessions (NoVo/Lightyear) wisely stresses songcraft over the avant-garde. But it doesn't shortchange the crackling kinetics that have always traveled between the trio's serrated iron triangle. Grooves bleed easily and oddly from the die-cut song patterns. But even when it is strikingly melodic, the album flirts merrily with disquiet. "Unbearable Pageant" and "Pearls of Wisdom" both work the chasm between organist Iguana and drummer Bish, filling in spots with blisteringly cool squelch, while the dark gaps still cut deep. Overhead floats vocalist/bassist Bill O'Neill, doing the robot-on-elastic-tightrope, and enticing you to join him. That's the great thing about Interrogations — it's just as dangerous as Oh My God's previous, weirder work. But, like Spoon, the band has refined its formula to fit instrumental freakouts and shards of vocals into sparer and sparer patterns. "You'll deserve it/We all do/Mind's on fire/Stomach's full of glue," O'Neill sings over the chilly initial bass notes of "Volatile." He sounds like the black sheep relative who knows everyone's secrets, and when the song's bottom falls, out like you know it will, that's when the arguments and knives come out. Later, OMG accesses its latent OMD, with "Get Steady" and "Our Loves," both busting, lusty, vocal harmonies over straightforward progressions. That said, the songs still roil with threatening organ tones, and their lyrics are opaque enough to keep the band's mystique shrouded. Is O'Neill angry? Is he in love? Maybe Oh My God just likes the way a few well-placed words can cut cleaner and deeper than any dippy guitar solo.

Customer Reviews

Songwriting 101

Oh My God is one of the best bands you may never hear of (such a sad fact), and prove to be a shining example of just how full of SH*T the music industry can be. 'Interrogations and Confessions' is a complete work of true musicianship and artist integrity. Songs such as 'The Unbearable Pageant', 'Torture', 'February 14th', 'Get Steady', 'The Obligation of Joy', and 'Tom' showcase the bands originality, while giving nods to their musical heroes without ripping anyone off. The songs on this album are not only timeless, but should also be considered SONGWRITING 101! I've had the pleasure of sharing the stage with this talented band, and their live show is every bit as captivating as their recordings (if not more so)!

Keep fighting the good fight gents...and thank you for continuing to share your souls!

You can sing along.

You get hooked right away and start singing along. Fantastic album.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

The eclectic Chicago-based trio Oh My God has garnered musical comparisons to such classic cutting-edge art-rockers as Devo, Pere Ubu, Suicide, and Frank Zappa, but their lyrics bear more than a passing resemblance to the witty prose of Steely Dan. Comprised of members Bill O'Neill (vocals, bass), Zach Nold (drums), and a gentleman who goes by the singular name of Iguana (organ), the group was hatched during 1998, shortly after Iguana spotted O'Neill performing at the renowned Chicago club the Double...
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