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Proof Of Youth [CD]

The Go! Team Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (10 Sep 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Memphis Industries
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,536 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Grip Like a Vice
2. Doing It Right
3. My World
4. Titanic Vandalism
5. Fake ID
6. Universal Speech
7. Keys to the City
8. The Wrath of Marcie
9. I Never Needed It Now So Much
10. Flashlight Fight (Featuring Chuck D)
11. Patricia's Moving Picture

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Is it possible to sound like you’re having more fun than The Go! Team? Probably not, going on Proof of Youth, the second album from Brighton’s brightest pop experimentalists. As on its predecessor, 2004’s Thunder, Lightning, Strike, the eleven songs of Proof of Youth burst out your speakers like tangy pop bubblegum, but on closer inspection, suggest a broader, braver web of influences; many bands can remind you of the chirpy soul singalongs of The Jackson 5, the metallic guitar clang of Sonic Youth, or the cut-and-paste sonic collages of Public Enemy’s The Bomb Squad, but only one can do it in a single song. "Grip Like a Vice" and "Titanic Vandalism" prove The Go! Team template is present and correct, joyful melanges of car-chase horns, double dutch vocals, melodic guitar, and crowd-hyping rapping from MC/cheerleader Ninja. But there’s more here than formula. "My World" is a simple, pretty interlude of acoustic guitar, shaker, and synthesiser straight from some Look Around You-style 1980s science show, "I Never Needed It Now So Much" is a naïve pop song featuring vocals from Solex, and the glorious "Flashlight Fight" is a Public Enemy pastiche that actually features Chuck D. Skill. --Louis Pattison

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The Go! Team - Proof of Youth

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably, better than the first! 7 Aug 2007
By Betsy
Format:Audio CD
While The Go! Team released their debut album, Thunder Lightning Strike on tiny indie Memphis Industries back in 2004 it wasn't until the single Ladyflash was everwhere in 2005/6 that i finally took the opportunity to check them out, and boy was i glad i did. This was the band of my dreams, mixing old school electro, cheerleading chants, Sonic Youth discordance, C86 cutie and tv cop show soundtracks, it was the kind of record you actually listened to whilst you danced.

Baring in mind how much i loved the record, it was still a huge suprise when i finally saw them live, this was the album to the power of ten, the guitars were ear shredding, the beats in yer face (two drummers!)and it was all topped off with front-woman Ninja who's old-skool call and response was so out of place at an 'indie' gig it couldn't help make you grin from ear to ear. Leaving the gig i couldn't help but imagine how great the next album could sound.

And here it is, and i have to say it's surpassed my wildest expectations. First single, 'Grip Like A Vice' is the most punk rock 'comeback' single i've heard for ages, 'Doing it Right' is already a live favourite and they've nailed it here, Fake ID reminds me of The Pastels, but The Pastels never sounded this melodic or urgent. The Wrath Of Marcie is the most joyful track The Go! Team have done yet while Keys To City is the best track they've done period (can't wait to hear this one live...)

With Proof Of Youth, The Go! Team have walked back into the stadium and knocked the ball clean out of the ground, god i love this band.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All right, do it right! 11 Sep 2007
Format:Audio CD
If the Go! Team's debut "Thunder Lightning Strike!" was a cheerleading squad on acid, then their second is the same squad taking over a club.

And "Proof of Youth" features this deliciously raucous, wild-sounding Brighton band splashing new sounds over their music. The quieter songs don't quite fit their sound as well, but fortunately most of the album is rollicking colourful rock'n'roll and quirky rap-pop, still fresh and fun.

"The blast from the past, superb in every word/Soupest female rapper, yes the best you heard... To you!/So what you wanna do?" It's a bit self-absorbed, but who cares? The first song -- and lead single -- is a frenetically-drummed, funky dance tune with their trademarked acid-funk-cheerleading-rock style. It'll make you dance, whether you like it or not.

It also sets the tone for the album, with loads of rollicking indiepop full of emphatic raps you can barely make out. Lots of blaring horns, schizophrenic synth, shimmering melodica, tinkly edges, wild riffs and bouncy, expansive melodies that are dizzying to listen to. The driving rock and powerpop hurtle you toward the finish line, the quirky, playful "Patricia's Moving Picture."

But the Go! Team also tries out some quieter songs -- "I Never Needed It Now So Much" is a straightforward indiepop tune with some wonky keyboard. And "My World" is a bit of a shock, with just a layer of keyboard over an acoustic instrumental. It's a letdown when it starts, and a shock when it switches over to the jumbled festival sound of "Titanic Vandalism."

Basically the Go! Team have much the same sound as before -- rap-funk-psychrock-pop as played by alien cheerleaders, and played with the same kind of wild enthusiasm.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite as good as I expected 12 July 2013
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I was over the moon with Thunder Lightning Strike and this didn't quite reach that peak. Even so, it is very good. The guest appearance of Solex was an unexpected bonus.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Uplifting 1 Feb 2008
Format:Audio CD
Just as with their debut - Thunder, Lightning, Strike - this album delivers a batch of joyful tunes that cannot fail to make you grin from ear to ear. It's difficult to say why this mash up of rap, dance and old melodies work - they simply do!
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5.0 out of 5 stars What hip hop should be 6 Nov 2007
Format:Audio CD
I first heard The Go! Team via their recent Doing It Right single - pop, brass, chants, unbelievably uplifting. The album is everything the single promises: a wonderful mess of cut ups, percussion, and general pop genius. The first record to get me excited about hip hop since De La Soul's first album (boy does that date me).

Currently welded to my CD player. Strongly recommended for those who want a massive pop rush and, well, surely that's everyone.
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