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17 Mar 2014

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  Song Title
Garden Dog Barbecue
One Percent
The Letter
To Drown in You
Shock and Awe

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  • Original Release Date: 17 Mar 2014
  • Label: Gondwana Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2014 Gondwana Records
  • Total Length: 47:18
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,181 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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5.0 out of 5 stars GoGo… go… GET IT! 17 Mar 2014
Format:Audio CD
THESE ARE EXCITING TIMES for the jazz piano trio – and Manchester-based GoGoPenguin are key movers in a current new wave of line-ups that eschew the traditional idea of pianist leader and supporting rhythmic duo for a totally democratic and, therefore, absorbing concept in sound.

The band’s debut release, ‘Fanfares’ (2012), created considerable ripples of interest on the British scene, as well as much further afield, with their obvious e.s.t.-influenced grooves (confirmed, as Svensson fans would recognise, by the opening track title, ‘Seven Sons of Bjorn’). That tantalising 35-minute recording, hailed by critics, no doubt found a quickly-gathering fan base clamouring for the next chapter, whilst finding the subsequent live experiences every bit as engaging – those present at the band’s hometown gigs at Band On The Wall (that I, too, witnessed) would, I’m sure, be happy to concur.

It’s important to recognise now, though, that GoGo Penguin are not “the next Esbjörn Svensson Trio” (nor could they be, given the Swedish band’s untouchable seminal status) – and I hazard a guess that Chris Illingworth (piano), Nick Blacka (double bass) and Rob Turner (drums) would see it that way, too. So, what is both gratifying and thrilling about this new follow-up release, ‘v2.0′, is that the trio are already clearly honing a sound which appears to be uniquely theirs, Blacka and Turner providing the distinctive and frequently blistering up-front dance-groove edge. The resultant effect is mesmeric and trance-like (think ‘Aphex Twin’), with such breathtaking precision of metre to almost sound electronic… but with the satisfaction that it’s not!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The difficult second album 4 April 2014
By Ross
Format:Audio CD
GGP first album was very well received and caused a lot of excitement. Therefore a lot was at stake with their second release, were GGP a flash in the pan or a genuinely new musical force. I am happy to say that v2.0 confirms their status of rising stars and shows them developing their own unique sound. Having seen them live recently at both Kings Place and The Pizza Express London I can confirm that they are a blisteringly exciting live act as well. Long may they continue to develop.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Technically good but a bit bland 3 April 2014
By Steve D
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought this on the strength of hearing a track on Jamie Cullum's jazz show on Radio 2 whilst driving home. At the time, the track must have made an impression on me enough to find out who it was once I got home and then wait until it was released.

There is nothing that stands out and grabs your attention. The piano sounds the same pretty much throughout the CD to the extent that one track seems to blend into another at times. It all seems too clinical and technical in execution and then mixing onto the CD. Compared to listening to Sound City - Reel To Reel that I purchased at the same time and reviewed earlier today, there was no equivalent "wow" moment. Nice music to drift off to sleep to but that is about all.
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4.0 out of 5 stars If you liked EST you'll probably like this 29 Mar 2014
By Robert O. Davidson VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
This is the latest offering from this Manchester-based trio. It is EST-like and fans of EST should like this, but the band should not be viewed as an EST tribute act - there is much more to them than that. This is very much modern European jazz. There are shades of hip-hop and dub-step but the whole thing is firmly anchored in a strong jazz sensibility. The melodies are very strong and well arranged. The mood is often sombre and reflective - think Tomasz Stanko and Tord Gustavsen for some sense of the album's feel. I think this might have an appeal which might cross the bridge between fans of contemplative jazz and people attracted to jazz-rooted techno dance floor grooves.
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