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Rolling Blackouts (Bonus Track Version)

The Go! Team

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In the decade or so since Ian Parton switched the Go! Team’s ignition to “on”, he and his bandmates have pretty much stayed faithful to their original vision. On Rolling Blackouts, their third full-length release, they make a small adjustment, and trade in some of the ‘70s cultural accents for a stronger indie-pop sensibility. There are still blaring horns, sirens, whistles and Ninja’s powerful hip-hop vocal styles (though the thrilling “Bust-Out Brigade” is an instrumental), but on songs like the twinkling “Secretary Song”, and the delightful “Buy Nothing Day” and “Ready to Go Steady” (the latter featuring French artist Lipsector), it’s all strings, tambourines and reverb-swathed vocals. “Rolling Blackouts” is a guitar-driven indie rocker, and “The Running Range” has a huge, churning groove that’s easy to get lost in. The Go! Team’s exuberant, controlled chaos still reigns, though, and songs like “T.O.R.N.A.D.O” and “Apollo Throwdown” burst at the seems with good times ready to be had. Deerhoof’s Satomi Matsuzaki and Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino also make guests appearances.

Customer Reviews

Use in excess during cold weather

Fans of Go! Team have heard the praise heaped on the band over their joyous lack of regard for pretention and musical dullness but 'critical' brilliance, but this record takes the very best elements of the first two releases and melts those components into a consistent and dazzling collection of songs. I add that the first two albums, although expressive and genius at times, repeated themselves a little frequently, but the flow and elevation of the music is clear and effective here. Bring on the sun!

Another great Go Team album

Few people seem to like The Go! Team. Certainly none of my friends like them, but I can't help but love their stuff. This album isn't much of a change from their previous stuff. You need to listen to it a good few times to get sucked in though, but when you do you're on that same rollercoaster ride you always have with them. Bring out the sunshine and enjoy!

You need this album in your life.

Not one poor or average track on this album... something I couldnt say about previous releases. Its truly epic.

Biography

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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