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Product details

  • Audio CD (1 May 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Absolute
  • ASIN: B001Y8WAPA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,200 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By the time this eagerly awaited debut album is released, Go: Audio will have completed their 3rd consecutive sell out headline UK tour, and be about to embark on a summer of continuous high profile festival appearances! Every one of their stage favourites is on this fantastic studio album, mainly produced by Andy Green, ( Keane, The Feeling etc) and the band themselves, evoking a summer of living fast, loving tough and making the most of what you`ve got! From the driving, pulse racer of the title song, to the piano driven break-up punk of ‘She Left Me’, and via the anthemic floor-filling new single ‘Drive To The City’, through to the full-on rock monster that is ‘Brake! Brake!’, this album retains the agility of US bands like Fall Out Boy while aiming it’s bull-horns at a harder, faster direction.

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3.3 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark H TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 Aug. 2008
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After having a couple of listens through a promo of this album I have to say I felt like I'd heard it all before. A good mix of Blink 182, McFly, MCR and Fall Out Boy have obviously infulenced these chaps. It would be ambitious to compare them to The Killers thought they are an obvious influence, and if their influences really do include They Might be Giants (as mentioned on their myspace site) then I would hope for something more inventive than this album.

On the plus side it sounds like they are very capable musicians and the tunes are decent enough with a good, pacy set of melodies running through the album. Catchy tunes are definitely not a problem for these lads. And there is a nice touch of electro-synth to mix in with the pop-rock of this album which gives a nice feel to the music. Good tracks are the title song, 'Forget About It' and 'Brake Brake'. However, the lyrics are insipid and fairly typical teen stuff, which is fair enough for a band who are probably of that age group, and whilst the tunes are catchy as I mentioned already they sound like I've heard them a hundred times before.

Judging by the number of hits on their myspace site they obviously have a good number of people (seems to be mainly young ladies) taking an interest in them and their music. So maybe I am expecting too much from a young band on their first album and this is probably something the younger music fans will really enjoy. From my perspective however they just aren't edgy enough and don't have anything to make them stand out from the crowded pop-rock scene. This may be a little harsh but Go Audio are like a large number of bands who pop up on on music tv and the scene. Sadly they will be made or broken by the quality of their videos and getting on the right tours rather than making music that stands out from the crowd.

My verdict is a fairly average album with some catchy tunes. However if you are looking for something different then this isn't it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ben Saunders VINE VOICE on 26 Aug. 2008
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I was somewhat surprised to learn that Go:Audio are from London, as they sound like so many generic American pop-punk, or 'power-pop', bands. In fact, so similar did they sound to All-American Rejects (most famous for their 2003 hit 'Swing Swing') that I was initially inclined to check whether it was the same singer. It's certainly no surprise to hear them name-check Green Day (on 'He's Changed') - I wouldn't say that Go:Audio are really that 'punk', even compared to mainstream acts like Green Day or Offspring, but they're a bit more so than boybands like McFly, who I gather they recently supported.

It's fairly generic stuff, although the synths are a bit unusual for a 'punk' band and give it a slight Killers feel at times. If I had to criticize, I'd say that several of the songs are slightly too repetitive, but at least most are catchy enough. Typically for the genre, the relatively slower tracks aren't as good as the more upbeat ones, but at least they provide some variety. The only song that really stands out, for me, is forthcoming single 'She Left Me' - even if the idea is basically a rip-off of The Vandals' 'My Girlfriend's Dead' - but the rest are solid enough, merely unremarkable.

If you enjoy Blink-182, Fall Out Boy, etc then you'll very probably like this too. It's catchy, energetic and has few weak links, but it's hardly offering anything new.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark R. Bannister VINE VOICE on 27 Aug. 2008
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Made Up Stories is a solid pop rock album that was very satisfying to listen to. The group have successfully engineered the classic "wall of sound" with drums, bass and distortion guitars; but have also succeeded in adding those extra pop layers through piano and keyboards needed to make their songs catchy. The result is a good sounding album that will keep me happy for days I'm sure!

However, it should be said that although the sound is very good, the lyrics are nothing special. Go Audio, who are currently touring the UK and selling tickets like hotcakes, will be here today and gone tomorrow if they cannot invent for themselves some killer lyrics - because with the right computer tools and music background anyone can create a good sound these days. Lyrics that stir your heart are very hard to find.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 July 2009
Format: Audio CD
Reviewing America's All Time Low's new album 'Nothing Personal'
almost back to back with London's 'Made Up Stories' by Go:Audio
may seem a little willfull on my part but they have more in common
than the Atlantic Ocean between them might reasonably allow.

1) They both have youth on their side.

2) They share a laddish sense of humour and purpose.

3) They write stonking good tunes and have a
good ear for memorable sing-along choruses.

Truth-be-told, All Time Low's creation has the advantage
of a bigger budget and a powerhouse production team to
help make its mark. Go:Audio sounds like they have had to make
do with far less moolah and the rudimentary skills of Mr Green.

These limitations notwithstanding they have managed to
end up with a perfectly decent little album which can
hold its own against their American cousins.

Mr Matthews has a more than good-enough voice to convey
the essence of their bold and energetic young vision.

'I'm With You', for example, is a very pretty song,
well-performed despite the rudimentary keyboard
technique of Mr Wilkinson. It rises from a gentle
opening to a rousing emotional conclusion.

Elsewhere the proceedings are far more raucous, which is,
of course, as it should be. They wish to earn their
power-pop credentials at the end of the day.

Opening track 'Made Up Stories' gets things moving very nicely.
The rough edges are turned into advantages in this driving anthem.

'She Left Me' delivers both pathos and humour in equal proportions.
A good story well told and a perfect little pop song in its own way.
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