King (Bonus Tracks)
Released: Aug 2011
King, O.A.R.'s seventh studio album, opens with what will probably go down as one of the more idiosyncratic tunes in the group's catalog. Richly produced and boasting layers of texture, "King" is a swaggering rap-rock anthem featuring cameos from both Russell Simmons and DJ Logic. The rest of the record, in contrast, is a leisurely swim through more familiar waters: catchy pop and jam-band fun heavy on trustafarian grooves. It's a solid effort for sure, though it would've been nice had O.A.R. attempted to create a few more songs that exude the same ambition of that title track.