OK Now

OK Now

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by Jon McLaughlin
     
 
The success of his song for Enchanted painted Jon McLaughlin as a Midwestern James Blunt, a simpering soul who wants nothing more than to bare his soul. To be sure, McLaughlin does a lot of that on his second album -- and first since Enchanted -- OK Now (it almost seems as if he forgot the "What" in the title), often

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The success of his song for Enchanted painted Jon McLaughlin as a Midwestern James Blunt, a simpering soul who wants nothing more than to bare his soul. To be sure, McLaughlin does a lot of that on his second album -- and first since Enchanted -- OK Now (it almost seems as if he forgot the "What" in the title), often scrubbing those tunes so they can slip undetected into anonymous AAA airwaves. Where McLaughlin has strength is when he loosens up and gets into big, bright pop, the kind that ruled the airwaves in the mid-'80s, after new wave synthesized productions and before adult contemporary flattened them. This is certainly due in part to the presence of John Fields, the same producer who's given the Jonas Brothers a lively sheen not too dissimilar to what's heard on OK Now. When McLaughlin kicks into this gear -- when he sings "Dance Your Life Away," a carefree anthem worthy of Footloose, when he crafts an ELO tribute in "You Can Never Go Back," or when he reworks the piano riff of "Feelin' Alright" on "Why I'm Talking to You" -- OK Now is unapologetic mainstream pop that's not heard too much at the tail-end of the 2000s: hooky, oversized colorful tunes that drill into the subconscious almost immediately. All this makes McLaughlin's taste for the mawkish -- which surfaces not just on those ballads, but on his plea to featherweight freshmen to just hold on through the "Four Years" of high school -- a bit of a buzzkill, bringing the album down to earth when it should soar. Of course, this is often a problem with mainstream pop albums, but at least the rest of OK Now illustrates that Jon McLaughlin has a greater gift for a big, bright hook than most of his pop singer/songwriter peers.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/07/2008
Label:
Island
UPC:
0602517760318
catalogNumber:
001161202

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jon McLaughlin   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Wurlitzer
Tommy Barbarella   Keyboards,Hammond Organ
John Fields   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,wah wah guitar
Tim Pierce   Guitar
Owsley   Guitar
David Ryan Harris   Guitar
Ken Chastain   Percussion
Stephen Lu   Keyboards
Dorian Crozier   Percussion,Drums
Bleu   Synthesizer,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Clavinet
Alex Band   Vocals,Background Vocals
Rebecca Walker   Vocals
Daniel Damico   Acoustic Guitar
Ming   Background Vocals
Rebecca Walker   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

John Fields   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Brett James   Composer
Ken Chastain   Programming
Stephen Lu   String Arrangements
Dorian Crozier   Programming
Bleu   Engineer
Alex Band   Composer
Troy Verges   Composer
Jason Reeves   Composer
Jon McLaughlin   Composer
Darren Gilmore   Management
Todd Russell   Art Direction
Gabriela Schwartz   Marketing

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OK Now 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
LuvMyGrlz More than 1 year ago
Jon McLaughlin's latest albumn is a hit. The melodies, the lyrics and the tunes are amazing. My favorite song is Beating My Heart, which has been on repeat in my car since the albumn hit stores. Dance Your Life away is another great track that shouldn't be missed. If you haven't checked out this albumn, what are you waiting for? It's absolutely a surefire hit.
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