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Album Review

The Go! Team earn their exclamation point. Their debut album, Thunder, Lightning, Strike, is a refreshing blast of Day-Glo bubble-dance-pop that could crack a smile on even the most frozen of faces. The sound of the record is a slap in the face to audio purists; it sounds like it was recorded on a truck stop-quality cassette in a very damp, crowded basement. The feel of the record is like a slap on the a**e of complacent music-makers everywhere. A wake-up call to arms; a "can you top this?" The group whips up a clattering, exhilarating collage of Northern soul horns meshed with sampledelic beats, plangent harmonica, lyrical piano melodies that bring Martin Duffy's work with Felt to mind (especially on "Feelgood By Numbers"), hard-charging '70s police drama funk, old-school hip-hop, and sincere indie rock. Everyone from Marley Marl to Sonic Youth is roped in to be borrowed from. It's all thrown together with a glorious sense of what works and what doesn't. There isn't a single misstep on the record and it is hard to pick favorites because every song is so blindingly good. Still, if pressed, one might pick "Ladyflash" because it encapsulates everything that is brilliant about the band, from the "Tighten Up" samples to the wonderful vocals (by the one-woman wrecking crew Ninja) that are equal parts playground hip-hop crossed with a sassy girl group to the melody to the two drummers beating the holy crap out of their kits. Find a better song than this from 2004 and you are lying. Well, maybe "Huddle Formation," a more straightforward song with the same double dutch vocals, only this time married to bracing New Order playing the hits of Phil Spector in a wind tunnel musical backing. But again any song would do, the banjo-driven epic ballad "Everyone's a V.I.P. to Someone," the funkier than Ike & Tina "Bottle Rocket," the theme to the best day of your life "Friendship Update." It's pin the tail on the donkey where everywhere you stick the pin gets you a prize. The Go! Team is widescreen in a pan-and-scan world, a sparkling rejoinder to purists and spoilsports everywhere and more fun than recess on the last day of school. Cinematic, fantastic, and essential to all who want their music larger than life and rambunctious, Thunder, Lightning, Strike is the kind of record that makes you glad to be alive. What could be better than that?

Customer Reviews

A perfect compilation.

Even the weaker or less unique tracks (Which isn't saying much, because they're all awesome, even Air Raid GTR) shine in this compilation, if only in reflection of the magnificent glow emenating from the bombastic, punchy, lively, beautifully under-mixed-sounding SOUND of the songs like Get it Together and Bottle Rocket. Hold Your Terror Close is amazing, for example. The actual... melody, of the song, is very hard for me to define, but the harmonies and the peculiar tilt of the chord progression makes it sad and happy and sort of wistful at the same time, and the voice of the singer makes the whole thing feel beautiful, and weirdly alone, like a kid taking comfort in a nightlight in a dark room. From the wild, manic start of 'Panther Dash', through the weirdly triumphant kid-chorus anthem of 'We Just Won't Be Defeated' and the nostalgia-filled horn sections and wonderfully enthusiastic lyrics and presentation of 'Bottle Rocket', to 'Hold Your Terror Close' and the sweet closing melody of 'Everyone's a VIP to Someone', "Thunder, Lightning, Strike" is the most amazingly, massively, happily, strongly, over-whelmingly musical thing I've heard in... a really long long time. Good job, The Go! Team.

very bubbly~

refreshing! cheerful! and light as it can possibly be~~ ;-)

the go team is amazing

I don't even listen to this kind of music I bought this cd on a whim of miss comunication but i totaly love it its hard to get into the grove with the 30 second previews but they definatlly create an amazing atmosphere with this album..................................there prbably the coolest people on earth. next to tegan and sarah of course


Formed: 2001 in Brighton, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The sound of the Go! Team, a six-piece group from Brighton, England, is a stunning blend of indie rock guitars, police show themes, hip-hop beats, and schoolyard chants built on samples and then augmented by live instrumentation. The founder and leader of the Team is Ian Parton, who provides guitar and sculpts their sound. The rest of the group includes Sam Dook on guitar, banjo, and drums; Chi "Ky" Fukami Taylor on drums; Jaime Bell on bass; Ninja on vocals; and Kaori Tsuchida on drums, guitar,...
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