The Go! Team's third album is more of the same yet better structured and produced, the songs seem tighter yet without losing their loose, thrown-together sound and this is no bad thing. Opening with the crunching T.O.R.N.A.D.O you know you're in for a wild ride. There are the usual cutesy numbers such as The Secretary song and Ready To Go Steady, as well as the excellent instrumentals - Yosemite Theme being the stand out track here, it could have been written as the theme music for an epic Western. Then there are the rest of the songs, insanely catchy pop songs like Buy Nothing Day, Apollo Throwdown, Rolling blackouts, Back Like 8 Track. The band is currently on tour in the UK and we caught them last Sunday in Liverpool and what a live show they put on, the sound quality is better than the album! Sam and Jamie jump around like mentalists pumping out their killer riffs and basslines, Ian playing his harmonica like there was no tomorrow in Yosemite theme, Kai keeping it all together with her precise drumming, Kaori just seeming to enjoy herself getting to play all those different instruments, and Ninja, what can you say this whirling, dancing singing machine? Full of attitude yet making the crowd love her with her easy banter between songs. My wife hasn't really been a Go! Team fan, saying that the songs are cross between tracks from Sesame Street, The Banana Splits and the Brady Bunch, she's converted now though, that 70's TV sound is what makes the Go Team tick. See them live AND buy the album if only for one reason - we had a great view of the stage and it's obvious that Ian needs the cash to buy some new trainers!
I fell in love with Thunder, Lightning, Strike because of it's great detail, catchy melodies and overwhelming energy. Proof Of Youth didn't disappoint, and after a wait of what felt like forever, Rolling Blackouts was announced, and oh boy, Rolling Blackouts didn't disappoint either.
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. '
One of the best albums i've ever heard. just a magical, mesmerising collection of joyous tunes that will lift any moment you care to listen. hands in the air, singing out loud and grinning like a fool when you're not. i love this album, this band, this music! got it? good! :D
I've been a fan of the Go! Team since day one and it always worries me that a band like this might listen to critics who say 'Same old, same old'. But this is a band who have found something they major at, so why change something that doesn't need changing?
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.
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. Fortunately, I’m in the former category and this album is an absolute cracker: exhilarating tracks that you simply have to turn up and which carry you along in a paroxysm of joy. Like standing under a waterfall on a hot, sticky day, this cd will uplift, invigorate and delight; buy it.
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. This is a record I listen to nearly every week, and I have been doing since February 2011! Great album with 60s vibes and excellent instrumentation. A must have on vinyl!
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 highlights. Uplifting, unique, crazy and beautiful.