Gary Go CD
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Since being announced as a tour support for the reformed Take That in early 2009, Gary Go (born Gary Baker) has proven himself to be a worthy addition to the bill. Having previously supported artists such as Amy Macdonald, The Script and The Feeling, Gary Go signed with Decca and recorded his album in far-flung locations like New York and Prague, as well as his native London. This self-titled debut includes the single "Open Arms".
No, his real name's not Gary Go. It's Neville Go. Oh alright, it's not: it's Gary Baker. But whatever the name, it seems that there's a lot of weight behind this Wembley-born 'young' hopeful (his online bio seems suspiciously vague as to his real age). Since allegedly being chosen by an un-named 'producer' to work on the US East Coast, this bespectacled singer songwriter has obviously been very busy indeed, crafting an album of impeccable, modern, downbeat pop.
Everything about our Gazza seems groomed to perfection: the handsome-yet-intelligent, speccy wunderkind, plying us with pop full of yearning, aching vocals and uplifting choruses that only a churl could dislike etc. And yes, this is an undeniable talent at work, summoning up classic hooks and propelling them into the stratosphere as on his second single from this eponymous debut, where his astronaut-assisted video supports a genuinely moving ode to lost dreams. But here's the rub: while his own web site claims he was raised on classic pop and rock, a first listen would suggest that he was weened almost exclusively on Coldplay's Parachutes. Crikey, you think: the first post-Chris Martin album.
His vocal similarity to Martin is unfortunate, whether it be by design or by sheer coincidence (a unlikely factor in the career of someone so blatantly groomed for stardom). It detracts from songs that are, essentially, every inch the equal of Mr Paltrow's. First single, Wonderful was exactly that. And just about everything on offer here is its equal.
But such consistency, while impressive, may not be enough to cement his place in our hearts yet. Lost dreams and self-pity are what drives Go at the moment. ''I look in my crystal ball and see nothing'' he sings on Brooklyn. It's very palatable misery. But eventually it jars, (as it did with Martin).
It's not all gloom. ''I'm tired of trying to dig myself out of holes'' he says on Honest, and ultimately, Gary Go holds a vast amount of promise and will go down a treat with pure pop fans. Also, Refuse To Lose's jarring metal juxtapositions hint at a soul who could dare to be more than just a Take That support act. Watch this space. --Chris Jones
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Top Customer Reviews
This is the only CD of his work fairly widely available and I must recommend it to anyone, particularly to those who love the works of Coldplay or David Gray. Though there are no bad tracks on the album "Open Arms", "Wonderful", the superb "Life gets in the way", "Honest", the beautiful "Heart and Soul" and "Black and White Days" stand out.
At the this album can be picked up for stupid prices, often less than £1, which is ridiculous given that one track on I-tunes costs at least that much! If you are sick and tired of the corporate pap foisted of you by the mainstream media, buy this album. You will not be disappointed.
PS: See his new work on youtube, "Through the Walls", stylistically different but excellent none the less.
Most of the tracks are just good quality pop, with a modern Take That style sound. Here are a few highlights:
Track 2 - A pop ballad but has lots of variety in it to keep it fresh - including passages in 5/4 time - keeps your interest.
Track 4 - Wonderful - the great song that people would have heard. The version here is a bit longer than the single version (just has a bit of repetition in it)
Track 6 - Brooklyn - another gentle ballad, but really well performed and sung - there are some high notes and big intervals that are just sung so effortlessly - a really natural singer.
Track 7 - Refuse to Lose - probably the 'heaviest' song on the album and builds to a wonderful crescendo at the end. Think of it as Elbow meets Muse.
Track 11 - Black and White Days - pop again, but great lyrics and a really nice flow, and again sung really well with an effortless style - my favourite on the album.
So - most of it is modern Take That -style pop, but really good pop! But with a few great ballads and heavier numbers thrown in, there's enough variety to make a really good album.
His eponymous album displays music of grand design.
Big tunes; big production; big ambitions.
He has constructed eleven strong compositions for us.
The finished product is hard to refuse.
It burrows its way insistantly into your musical receptors
and sits there waving and smiling. Refusing not to be noticed.
Strong melodies; widescreen arrangements and a voice which has
the capacity to bring it all together with verve and panache.
Opening track 'Open Arms' is a winner every inch of the way.
Chiming chords; pounding percussion and an affectingly
memorable vocal performance.
Most of the material has epic scope.
'Brooklyn', however, is a particularly beautiful
song which understands the meaning of economy.
The string, piano and brass arrangement is stunning.
World-class stuff !
'Heart and Soul' is another cracker!
Soulful, plaintive and uplifting.
An anthem to aspiration and hope.
Optimistic music for increasingly dark times.
'Speak' is, in all likelihood, the album's highpoint.
Complex; multi-layered and strangely elusive.
The shifting vocal harmonies are particularly delightful.
A consumately crafted piece of work.
Coherent and completely convincing.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Perfect new condition and super fast delivery! Still can't believe how good value it was. CheersPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Gary Go ..this album is a lovely to listen to album good voice and good didnt know who he was but pleased i got it . so try it ..Published on 12 Dec. 2010 by JOY
Utterly brilliant, post Coldplay genius. Only better and more beautiful.
So Gazza...when is the next collection coming out. Read more
This is a quite superb album. I am a big fan of bands such as Haven and Thirteen Senses, and this sort of thing really appeals to me. Read morePublished on 4 Dec. 2009 by Jude Burcombe
This song writer has the right marketing approach but not the artistic talent required to make it big in music business. Read morePublished on 2 Sept. 2009 by Rama Rao
'Gary Go', who thought of that???
Better than average debut album dipping into quite a wide range of musical influences which makes it quite interesting. Read more
I first see Gary Go supporting The Feeling back in November, really enjoyed them then. Found out they were supporting Take That....thought fantastic. Read morePublished on 7 Aug. 2009 by PigginTart
This is a great album, pretty chilled. The lyrics are really good and it's easy listeningPublished on 28 July 2009 by Sam Briggs
saw GG at the Take That concert and bought the CD after, it's great music - looking forward to the next albumPublished on 27 July 2009 by AJ MacColl