Jon McLaughlin

OK Now

Jon McLaughlin - OK Now

2008 | Island 

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    OK NOW

    10/07/2008

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All Music Guide Review

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. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

OK Now Notes

Flushed with success of Indiana, his debut, Jon McLaughlin entered an L.A. recording studio last year intent on undergoing both a musical and stylistic transformation. The heartland piano player expanded his palette by working with new producer John Fields (Rooney, Jonas Brothers, Lifehouse, Switchfoot), co-writing with the likes of Jason Reeves (Colbie Callait's "Bubbly") as well as writer/producers Tricky and The-Dream (Rihanna's "Umbrella"), Troy Verges (Kenny Chesney's "You Save Me") and Brett James (Carrie Underwood's "Jesus, Take The Wheel").

Jon describes himself as a "child of the '80s" in talking about the musical direction of OK NOW, with the very first single "Beating My Heart" the perfect example, an introspective, existential tune about nothing less than the meaning of life, with an elaborate pop-rock production that evokes Coldplay, thanks to soaring synths and a crackling backbeat.

Credits of OK Now

  • Bleu
  • Synthesizer, Guitar, Clavinet, Engineer, Vocals
  • Jon McLaughlin
  • Synthesizer, Piano, Composer, Guitar (Acoustic), Keyboards, Wurlitzer, Vocals
  • John Fields
  • Bass, Guitar, Drums, Keyboards, Programming, Vocals, Producer, Engineer, Wah Wah Guitar


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