Rolling Blackouts CD
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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
Like standing under a waterfall on a hot, sticky day, this cd will uplift, invigorate and delight; buy it.
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!!
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 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
I fell in love with Thunder, Lightning, Strike because of it's great detail, catchy melodies and overwhelming energy. Read morePublished on 17 Feb. 2011 by will
This is very similar to the other two albums, and it is fair to say that they have definitely created 'their sound'. Read morePublished on 11 Feb. 2011 by Dangerscouse