Oh No! Oh My!

People Problems

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Austin-based Oh No! Oh My! make acoustic-driven rock that is equal parts power and Americana pop on the band's 2011 sophomore full-length album, People Problems. Featuring the singing/songwriting talents of vocalist Greg Barkley, Oh No! Oh My! have moved from being a sweetly lo-fi ensemble to a more polished if somewhat baroque entity that favors long-form pop epics that build to grand, uplifting climaxes. In that sense, tracks such as catchy leadoff track "Walking into Me" and "You Were Right" bring to mind something along the lines of the alt-folk group Mumford & Sons if they were influenced at all by the driving '70s rock of Cheap Trick. Elsewhere, the light pop midtempo anthem "So I Took You" and the ballad "Should Not Have Come to This" recall the best of emo-pop stalwarts Dashboard Confessional colored by a bit of '60s sunshine pop harmony. It is these more upbeat electric moments on the album that truly stand out. That said, much of People Problems is filled with more acoustic, ruminative moments that, while pleasantly melancholic, detract somewhat from Oh No! Oh My!'s more driving pop inclinations.

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