The Best Singles of 2009: Bishop Allen - “Oklahoma”

[7 December 2009]

By Marisa LaScala

Bishop Allen
“Oklahoma”

Bishop Allen has perfected the art of crafting pop music that’s devoid of everything people hate about pop music. The hooks are catchy without being cloying. The music is simple without seeming insignificant or full of fluff and filler. The lyrics are witty and occasionally engage in wordplay, but the songs are not smug or too brainy. The songs are bright and sparkly without being just plain annoying. The wagon-train feel of “Oklahoma”, like a westward expedition, moves everyone along at a sprightly pace. When it finally builds to its chorus’ chanting of “oh oh oh”, you’re fully immersed in the journey, and it’s hard to stop yourself from singing along. Marisa LaScala

Published at: http://www.popmatters.com/pm/post/117461-the-best-singles-of-2009-bishop-allen-oklahoma/