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  • Audio CD (25 May 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B00288AXR2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 172,984 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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".

BBC Review

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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This album is faultless...and even though the sound and emotion is epic, there is a cool subtlety to the whole thing...it's big, but understated. I hear shades of sting, bowie, floyd (with the haunting backing vocals), peter gabriel and death cab for cutie...This record is not trying to be cool or edgy, it just IS. I really like it. I did not expect to like it as much, but I think it's brilliantly put together, and it's got me writing this review which is very rare for me...check it out.
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A superb album aby one of the most underrated artists of our time. At a time when image is valued above all by the music industry, Gary Go (real name Gary Baker) is that rare exception, an artist/singer/songwriter and musician of real quality and talent. However, his work is virtually unknown, with the exception of "Wonderful", by the vast majority of people.
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.
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When I first heard Gary Go supporting The Script I immediately knew he'd be one to look out for as his songs were catchy and performed amazingly well live. I pre-ordered this album and I must say his cover of Just Dance is incredible. Standout tracks for me are; Open Arms, Engines, So-So, Heart and Soul and Just Dance. Each song is crafted to perfection both lyrically and musically. I urge others to buy this album as I really think Gary Go is an underrated star of 2009 and I think he deserves recognition for his music. I cannot wait to see him supporting Take That on the 26th June either :) He writes with such honesty and his emotion really comes across in his music. Gary Go is definately a star in the making.
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This is a really great album, which I bought after hearing 'Wonderful' on the radio.
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.
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Each of the songs on this album is perfectly crafted with interesting and moving lyrics, and a great depth to the production. Overall the sounds is really hopeful and uplifting - just put on Wonderful, sit back and feel better. Gary Go's vocals are warm and the whole record feels like a great big hug - Open Arms indeed!
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By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 July 2009
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Mr Go (nee Baker allegedly) is a very fine songwriter.

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.

Highly Recommended.
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