Oh, No! It's Devo/Freedom of Choice

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Virgin combined two of Devo's early-'80s albums, Oh, No! It's Devo and Freedom of Choice, on one disc. Freedom of Choice, arguably Devo's strongest musical effort, revolves around relationships, insecurity, and the lack of flexibility in the American psyche. Their arrangements achieve an effective balance between guitars and synths, and the band's highly stylized visual component, this time featuring flowerpot-shaped "energy dome" hats, paid off in the video for "Whip It." The single went gold and helped the album sell over a million copies. Just barely less essential than Q: Are We Not Men?. However, by the point of 1982's Oh, No! It's Devo, much of the band's endearing quirkiness had evaporated. Their sound here was not all that distinguishable from other new wave groups, and apart from a few songs, such as "That's Good" and "Peek-a-Boo," they simply weren't as musically or lyrically interesting as before. Incredibly, it seemed that Devo had not only lost their focus, but were out of ideas as well. Subsequent releases would only confirm this assessment.

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Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:47 Spotify
2 3:00 Spotify
3 3:33 Spotify
4 3:03 Spotify
5 3:24 Spotify
6 2:58 Spotify
7 2:43 Spotify
8 2:38 Spotify
9 2:34 Spotify
10 3:14 Spotify
11 3:25 Spotify
12 2:58 Spotify
13 2:22 Spotify
14 2:38 Spotify
15 2:29 Spotify
16 2:30 Spotify
17 3:28 Spotify
18 3:28 Spotify
19 2:31 Spotify
20 2:15 Spotify
21 2:17 Spotify
22 2:47 Spotify
23 2:46 Spotify
24 2:13 Spotify
25 4:38 Spotify
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