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This review is from: Thunder, Lightning Strike (Audio CD)
It doesn't matter whether The Go! Team are neo-electronica-pop band, or pseudo-post-punk-neo-soul-rock, or whatever multi-hyphenated genre the NME and similar publications wish to squeeze them into. What matters is that this is the most enjoyable record you will hear this year.
This is hectic music with things happening all over the place and with scant regard for the consequences, which has managed to perfectly capture the feeling of being 8 years old and being gvien all your favourite sweets at once and being allowed to stay up all night. Instead of "proper" music, this band seem to have taken most of their inspiration from the theme songs to the sort of larger than life programs that are on ludicrously early on a saturday morning e.g the A team or Thunderbirds, and this has resulted in a stunningly consistent album that is an absolute oy to listen to from start to finish.
There is certinaly a lot of musical innovation in this record, The Go! Team combine instruments and electronics in some wonderful ways, and pull lo-fi producton out of it's traditional post-punk stomping ground with style and panache. They combine joyous melodies and superb arrangements with easily the best rhythm section in the current set of pop groups. Personally however, I think that he most refreshing thing about The Go! Team is their approach; instead of trying to be cool and cultivate a slick public face this band is clearly just doing what it does for fun, but at the same time doing so very well, they can therefore benefit from the best of both worlds; they pour effort and love into each song, and they can actually play their instruments.
I can not recommend this album enough: it is one of the most innovative records this year, while maintaining a wonderfully honest and playful approach throughout, which exemplifies the very best qualities of pop music.