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| September 23, 2009 | 0 Comments

Double Door, Chicago
Saturday, September 26, 2009

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All summer, in anticipation of Oh My God’s The Night Undoes The Work Of The Day (Split Red), I’ve been writing in “File” about the Chicago band’s massive, organ-ish keyboard attack. Well, the album arrived. No organs.

That’s not entirely true. Their cover of The Fixx’s “One Thing Leads To Another” is a girthier version of the ’80s nugget driven by their freight-train synth. But most of what you’ll notice about The Night is in its undoing. The guitars layered on 2007’s Fools Want Noise have been unplugged; instead of helping build momentum they now underscore a fragility on opener “My Own Adventure.” A thick bass begins to tunnel under “My Prayer,” but almost immediately the effect recalls the tinkling love songs of Mates Of State more than Fools‘ Foo Fighters-style anthems.

Luckily Oh My God don’t sound out of their league, even if they’re playing a slightly different sport (polo vs. lacrosse). “I Don’t Think It’s So Funny” has a lazy, nearly narcotic sway, while “Baby, Dream” gives blue-eyed soul a much needed facelift. How this sits with fans should be interesting, but given a strong set like this they can always pick up some new ones.

The Record Low and Brighton, MA open.

— Steve Forstneger

Click here to download “My Own Adventure.”

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