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5.0 out of 5 stars So Tough, 27 Jan. 2015
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The most ferocious, shockingly honest biography I've ever read. Hats off to this untypical girl for such fearless writing. Read Read Read.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Silva Screen - 5 Gold Stars, 15 Dec. 2013
Golden greats and contemporary gems - an unbelievably free treasure trove of magical movie music moments, courtesy of the Silva Screen folks.Tremendous!


Proof Of Youth
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5.0 out of 5 stars 100% Proof, 3 Sept. 2007
This review is from: Proof Of Youth (Audio CD)
The Go! Team - Proof Of Youth

Monkeying around. As a rule, `monkeying around' probably isn't the best way to go about tackling the traditionally `difficult second album'. Unless, of course, you're The Go! Team. Then, you suspect, it's downright essential.

It's been three years since the Go! Team torched the rulebook and lit up our lives with Thunder Lightning Strike. In that time, Ian Parton's pet project has expanded into the most spectacular live collective in the world while retaining the inventiveness ingrained in his earlier recordings. And it's that innovation, that monkeying around as Ian himself puts it, fuelled by a genuine maverick spirit and bags of integrity, that ignites and illuminates Proof Of Youth even more brightly than it's predecessor.

Never let it be forgotten that, despite all the earnest discussions regarding The Go! Team's genre-defying, cross pollination of this, that and a bit of the other, they knock out some bloody marvellous pop songs. And Proof Of Youth is absolutely littered with them. But pop with a twist, of course.

Album opener Grip Like A Vice tears up the welcome mat with a stinging 70's acid-funk sample, street sirens and firecracker handclaps. Familiar ground on paper perhaps but, in reality, showing off much tighter and tougher Team tactics than before. Second up, brittle-edged production ensures Doing It Right remains good and trashy, never sweet and sickly, as it blasts out of retina-scorching day-glo loudspeakers.

Next to the colour there's the contrast. A cover of Alan Parker`s My World,(aka The Free Life)from four decades ago is a folksy instrumental that would happily soundtrack a summer's afternoon in 1974, collecting frogspawn at the local village pond with Boards of Canada. The tranquillity is short-lived as the chaotic funk of Titanic Vandalism gatecrashes the scenic scenario like a bunch of feral urchins from up the road who promptly trash your jam jars, chuck you in the pond and swear at your mum. `Are you ready for more?' Before we've had time to confirm in the affirmative, Fake ID, with its array of insanely infectious hooks, comes on like The Breeders arranged by Brian Wilson and produced by the madcap marriage of Phil Spector and Steve Albini - and an instant new-wave classic is born.

Contrasting voices also play a major part in Proof Of Youth. A dizzying collection of vocalists are collaged here - most notably on the stunning Universal Speech where a full blown vox-clash ensues between the Team's rockin' multi-instrumentalist Kaori, the Rappers Delight Club (counting at school was never this exciting) and Bonde Do Role's Marina Ribatski. A truly international anthem. Away from the crowd, Chi charms the socks off us with the piano driven I Never Needed It Now So Much - a sort of grown up sequel to Hold Yr Terror Close and no less beguiling.

Nostalgia for a by-gone America resonates on The Wrath of Marcie as Ninja directs a high school marching band through downtown Detroit, circa 1968, and into the path of some whirring My Bloody Valentine guitars, while across town a gang of street-corner cheerleaders steal the Keys To The City and run riot for three glorious minutes. Later, Chuck D squares up to a searing 70's Harlem backdrop for the ferocious Flashlight Fight and 110th Street is awash with mercury from a thousand erupting thermometers.

Finally, Patricia's Moving Picture plucks us from the fire and flies us back home over some familiar Go! Team territory, only this time we soar to new heights and the view is even more panoramic. From the opening amp-buzz and harmonic chimes through the procession of horns, harmonica, eastern strings... it's a magnificent and moving close.

Difficult second album? The only difficult thing about Proof Of Youth has been waiting for it to arrive. And it was certainly worth the wait. Monkeying around never sounded so good...and the results were never so downright essential.

Proof Of Youth: Proof Of Genius.


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