- Audio CD (31 Jan. 2011)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Memphis Industries
- ASIN: B0046V11CK
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,717 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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The Go! Team return with 'Rolling Blackouts', the third instalment in their esteemed catalogue of adventure in audio, following the hugely acclaimed albums 'Thunder Lightning Strike' and 'Proof Of Youth'. featuring appearances from Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast, Deerhoof's Satomi Matsuzaki and hotly tipped floridian MC Dominique Young Unique.
On this widescreen meets C-90 cassette lo-fi epic, The Go!Team have upped the ante, giving us a record that is by turnstheir most refined, most kick ass, most melodic and mosteffortlessly effusive record yet.
It’s always been pretty difficult to dislike The Go! Team and their uplifting jacked-on-E-numbers brand of boisterous playground vocals, busy handclaps and infectious sunshine optimism. It’d be like hating a school play for the unconvincing acting, or not cracking a smile at a winning Only Fools and Horses joke you’ve seen and heard several times before.
There’s an inherently inoffensive quality to Ian Parton and his merry band of cohorts, but The Go! Team have always offered more than just good clean fun. Their crashing of pop, hip hop and freestyling into animated three-minute snippets on 2004’s debut album Thunder, Lightning, Strike produced a refreshingly dynamic brand of pop that couldn’t help but capture the imagination. And on Rolling Blackouts it’s much the same formula at work.
The bombastic Beastie Boys-tinged opener T.O.R.N.A.D.O. instantly reacquaints the listener with Ninja’s bratty vocal delivery and sets a bold tone for the following 30 minutes. Part maverick brass band creations, and part energetic show-tunes, Rolling Blackouts is, as expected, an album that’s difficult to pin down but somehow a little predictable.
There’s daring and drive; energy and a restlessness that makes you feel guilty for even contemplating to take a breath. But we know the components, and have learned the formula, it’s evident we’ve heard this before. The Go! Team’s giddy eclecticism has always been one of their main draws, but as the album bounces from Ready to Go Steady’s lovely shades of 60s pop to the horn crashes of Bust-Out Brigade, via the sweet, albeit idle, melody of Super Triangle, little triggers are flicking at déjà vu switches.
Categorically, Rolling Blackouts isn’t a simple case of re-hashing their past success, but there’s a fine line between the predictable and the familiar. There’s still the charm and energy and all the qualities that made us fall in love with The Go! Team in the first place. But it’s like a child who’s recently learned one song: cute the first few times, but even the most lovable things eventually get tiresome.
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Top Customer Reviews
I thought my Go! Team days would end there, but on sampling a few tracks of Rolling Blackouts and then taking the plunge I'm happy to report that I'm blissfully happy!!
Loads of rollicking good time rock, pop, funk and good vibes just oozes from this album.
Do yourself a favour, put down you Mumford, Muse, XX, etc and have some fun!!
Playful yet elaborate, the music is a torrent of energy and noise, with everything thrown in.
Opener 'T.O.R.N.A.D.O' is a noisy hip-hop slam, whilst Yosemite Theme provides sweet melodies and kitsch 60's film soundtrack songwriting.'Buy Nothing Day', the first single, along with title track 'Rolling Blackouts' provide shoegaze-y 90's indie, and 'Secretary Song' ropes in Satomi from Deerhoof to sing an excellent pop song that does what it's supposed to; sound like a Tokyo office. There are still traces 'old Go! Team', however, with 'Bust Out Brigade' and 'Back Like 8-Track' filled with the signature 'hip-hop meets noise pop meets northern soul' sound. '
Rolling Blackouts is a beautiful album full of uplifting tracks that make you smile, tap your foot, nod your head, and all in all, make you feel good about life.
I sincerely hope The Go! Team continue to strut their stuff.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really love this album very much, I've been interested in the go! team for a number of years. The tracks are ace, and the samples are cool, to me this is one of the most played... Read morePublished on 25 Jun. 2014 by RPM
Because they’re doing something distinctive and original, I suspect the Go! Team divide people into camps of those that love them and those that definitely don’t. Read morePublished on 9 May 2013 by D. Spencer
I went to go and see The Go! Team live after they had just released this album, and they were touring to popularize it... And I've been in love with it ever since. Read morePublished on 18 Feb. 2013 by Harry Yeates
like the other two go! team albums, this is great.
Secretary Song, Ready to Go Steady, Back Like 8 Track, Buy Nothing Day and Rolling Blackouts are amongst the... Read more