Proof Of Youth CD
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The Go! Team - Proof of Youth
Is it possible to sound like youre having more fun than The Go! Team? Probably not, going on Proof of Youth, the second album from Brightons brightest pop experimentalists. As on its predecessor, 2004s Thunder, Lightning, Strike, the eleven songs of Proof of Youth burst out your speakers like tangy pop bubblegum, but on closer inspection, suggest a broader, braver web of influences; many bands can remind you of the chirpy soul singalongs of The Jackson 5, the metallic guitar clang of Sonic Youth, or the cut-and-paste sonic collages of Public Enemys The Bomb Squad, but only one can do it in a single song. "Grip Like a Vice" and "Titanic Vandalism" prove The Go! Team template is present and correct, joyful melanges of car-chase horns, double dutch vocals, melodic guitar, and crowd-hyping rapping from MC/cheerleader Ninja. But theres more here than formula. "My World" is a simple, pretty interlude of acoustic guitar, shaker, and synthesiser straight from some Look Around You-style 1980s science show, "I Never Needed It Now So Much" is a naïve pop song featuring vocals from Solex, and the glorious "Flashlight Fight" is a Public Enemy pastiche that actually features Chuck D. Skill. --Louis Pattison
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Baring in mind how much i loved the record, it was still a huge suprise when i finally saw them live, this was the album to the power of ten, the guitars were ear shredding, the beats in yer face (two drummers!)and it was all topped off with front-woman Ninja who's old-skool call and response was so out of place at an 'indie' gig it couldn't help make you grin from ear to ear. Leaving the gig i couldn't help but imagine how great the next album could sound.
And here it is, and i have to say it's surpassed my wildest expectations. First single, 'Grip Like A Vice' is the most punk rock 'comeback' single i've heard for ages, 'Doing it Right' is already a live favourite and they've nailed it here, Fake ID reminds me of The Pastels, but The Pastels never sounded this melodic or urgent. The Wrath Of Marcie is the most joyful track The Go! Team have done yet while Keys To City is the best track they've done period (can't wait to hear this one live...)
With Proof Of Youth, The Go! Team have walked back into the stadium and knocked the ball clean out of the ground, god i love this band.
And "Proof of Youth" features this deliciously raucous, wild-sounding Brighton band splashing new sounds over their music. The quieter songs don't quite fit their sound as well, but fortunately most of the album is rollicking colourful rock'n'roll and quirky rap-pop, still fresh and fun.
"The blast from the past, superb in every word/Soupest female rapper, yes the best you heard... To you!/So what you wanna do?" It's a bit self-absorbed, but who cares? The first song -- and lead single -- is a frenetically-drummed, funky dance tune with their trademarked acid-funk-cheerleading-rock style. It'll make you dance, whether you like it or not.
It also sets the tone for the album, with loads of rollicking indiepop full of emphatic raps you can barely make out. Lots of blaring horns, schizophrenic synth, shimmering melodica, tinkly edges, wild riffs and bouncy, expansive melodies that are dizzying to listen to. The driving rock and powerpop hurtle you toward the finish line, the quirky, playful "Patricia's Moving Picture."
But the Go! Team also tries out some quieter songs -- "I Never Needed It Now So Much" is a straightforward indiepop tune with some wonky keyboard. And "My World" is a bit of a shock, with just a layer of keyboard over an acoustic instrumental. It's a letdown when it starts, and a shock when it switches over to the jumbled festival sound of "Titanic Vandalism."
Basically the Go! Team have much the same sound as before -- rap-funk-psychrock-pop as played by alien cheerleaders, and played with the same kind of wild enthusiasm.Read more ›
Monkeying around. As a rule, `monkeying around' probably isn't the best way to go about tackling the traditionally `difficult second album'. Unless, of course, you're The Go! Team. Then, you suspect, it's downright essential.
It's been three years since the Go! Team torched the rulebook and lit up our lives with Thunder Lightning Strike. In that time, Ian Parton's pet project has expanded into the most spectacular live collective in the world while retaining the inventiveness ingrained in his earlier recordings. And it's that innovation, that monkeying around as Ian himself puts it, fuelled by a genuine maverick spirit and bags of integrity, that ignites and illuminates Proof Of Youth even more brightly than it's predecessor.
Never let it be forgotten that, despite all the earnest discussions regarding The Go! Team's genre-defying, cross pollination of this, that and a bit of the other, they knock out some bloody marvellous pop songs. And Proof Of Youth is absolutely littered with them. But pop with a twist, of course.
Album opener Grip Like A Vice tears up the welcome mat with a stinging 70's acid-funk sample, street sirens and firecracker handclaps. Familiar ground on paper perhaps but, in reality, showing off much tighter and tougher Team tactics than before. Second up, brittle-edged production ensures Doing It Right remains good and trashy, never sweet and sickly, as it blasts out of retina-scorching day-glo loudspeakers.
Next to the colour there's the contrast. A cover of Alan Parker`s My World,(aka The Free Life)from four decades ago is a folksy instrumental that would happily soundtrack a summer's afternoon in 1974, collecting frogspawn at the local village pond with Boards of Canada.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wasn't the limited edition. The track that I bought the album for wasn't on it. The rest weren't bad though...Published 12 months ago by Mr S Hopwood
I was over the moon with Thunder Lightning Strike and this didn't quite reach that peak. Even so, it is very good. The guest appearance of Solex was an unexpected bonus.Published on 12 July 2013 by C. J. Tindall
I quite like this album but can't handle listening to it all the way through in one go. The tunes whilst catchy tend to be a bit overenthusiastic which is good for one or two but... Read morePublished on 7 Jun. 2008 by Dobbsy
Just as with their debut - Thunder, Lightning, Strike - this album delivers a batch of joyful tunes that cannot fail to make you grin from ear to ear. Read morePublished on 1 Feb. 2008 by C. D. Crampton
I first heard The Go! Team via their recent Doing It Right single - pop, brass, chants, unbelievably uplifting. Read morePublished on 6 Nov. 2007 by Christopher Owens
why this album works: it's like eating sugar when you were 7. Read more