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Expressions is the debut album from Music Go Music, recorded in guitarist Torg’s basement and the north east Los Angeles home of bandmates Gala Bell & Kamer Maza and includes the singles "Just Me", "Warm In The Shadows" and "Light of Love". The nine track album is inspired by psychedelic and bubblegum pop by the likes of Meat Loaf, The Carpenters, ELO and the Shangri-Las.
There’s just no skirting around it. Neglecting to mention that this self-styled ‘fantasy pop’ trio from LA owe a massive, almost unquantifiable debt to ABBA would see us failing to tell you what Music Go Music sound like. If it isn’t enough that their bass player employs a Scandinavian-like alias in the form of Torg, this debut album is a spangly, fist-pumping, jumpsuit-clad celebration of the Swedish pop titans’ genius.
In much the same way The Darkness’ terrific first album was an unashamed, balls-out tribute to their favourite hard-rock bands, Expressions, a collection of Music Go Music’s first three EPs, serves a similar purpose for fans of saccharine power-pop. It’s the logical next-step for a band of otherwise serious alt-rock types that are known to belt out the gold-plated choruses of Waterloo and ELO’s Mr Blue Sky in LA’s karaoke bars.
But it’s no joke, this. Music Go Music’s members might use pseudonyms – Gala Bell (vocals) and Kamer Maza (keyboards) join their Northern European-themed bass player – but Expressions is a genuinely heartfelt and properly soulful evocation of their love for the Swedes and a bygone era of pristine bubblegum pop that gave the world Blondie, The Carpenters and ELO. With a propulsive sound that’s this uplifting it would be churlish to worry about such boring things as authenticity, but Music Go Music really do make it their own – and without a single tongue in cheek.
Bell’s vocals are mountain-fresh like Frida and Agnetha’s and the songs they’ve written are walloping feel-good anthems with the sort of cacophonous choruses that would knock Mika and The Feeling into the middle of next week. Warm in the Shadows is an epic nine-minute workout that sees bubbling electro and strutting punk-funk refracted through the mind of Benny and Björn; Reach Out is almost proggy glam-funk, the sort of song Jeff Wayne would be proud of; and Light of Love is an infectious riot of handclaps and supremely cheesey synths that wouldn’t sound out of place on Voulez-Vous.
Everyone – ABBA fanatics, closet fans that just won’t admit how much they loved Mamma Mia!, even death metal nuts – should adore this. If not, you need to get yourself to your local GP. --Chris Parkin
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'Expressions' contains all the tracks released on three vinyl EPs, 2008-2009. The title tracks of these, 'Light of Love', 'Warm in the Shadows' and 'Reach Out' are all excellent, but if pushed, I'd go with the wonderfully anthemic 'Just Me' as a debut CD single, following it up with 'Explorers Of The Heart'. I'm nit-picking. There are no 'B-Side' singles on here.
This is a quirky group with a fresh, melodic and characteristic sound. You will be tapping your feet and nodding your head like an idiot on your morning commute or at your PC and you won't need to shuffle. If you associate indie with 'weird', Don't Panic. Music Go Music have already developed a mature and coherent style. Their lyrical and musical skills are easily as good as any established mainstream group. And the icing on the cake, they have a beautiful lead vocalist with a fabulous voice. They will be massive, certainly in the UK if not globally.
Forget reality TV, celebs who decide they want to be singers and all that X-Factor rubbish, this is the real deal.
Music Go Music are not an early work in progress that need to find their place in the musical universe. They are already there. You just haven't heard of them yet. You most assuredly will. A majestic CD. Blissful.
And what songs! Each and every one is a classic. Absolutely no filler. And it all seems so effortless!Read more ›
However, Music Go Music are not simply derivative; their lyrics are thought-provoking and the musicianship is first class. The band is releasing a new album shortly and I'm keen to hear the finished product.
Meanwhile, how and why this group has been overlooked by the British music press I've no idea. Work like this deserves much greater recognition, especially when so much useless pap is being foisted on us care of mainstream radio etc. etc. So do you your bit: download, enjoy and spread the word!
Now I wanted to see them live. I discovered they were supporting Franz Ferdinand and nearly bought a ticket purely for the support (I've done that before). I did though spot a hole in their calendar that tied up with the Sunday of Manchester's "In The City" music festival. I started praying. Finally, YES!!!! They were playing. Headlining an NME Radar hosted gig too. I bought my wristband and started getting exited.
Sunday came! Pottered round a couple of the venues enjoying some as-yet unsigned bands before heading up to Night & Day (top venue too) to install myself in a good spot for when MGM came on.
Finally they came on! Now, I'm going to cut straight to the end of the gig and just say I've never danced so much at a gig. The only way you could stay still whilst MGM are playing is if your feet were nailed to the floor and you were wrapped in cellophane. They were brilliant! I came out drenched and delerious.
I think this album gets a proper UK release early next year so with a bit of luck they'll do a proper tour too - I can't wait!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I don't often write reviews, but this album deserves one.
Quite simply, it is one of the best pop albums ever made... Read more
Heard this at a friend's house and immediately went to check it out. Once I heard it properly,
I was blown away. Read more
This album is the best album I've heard this year. If you love pop, the best of Eurovision and Scissor Sister you'll love this. Read morePublished on 10 May 2010 by Wayne Duane
Fantastic collision of Abba-grade tunes with the best of prog-rock and disco. My album of the year!Published on 10 Nov. 2009 by P. Barnfather