The Go! Team
Rolling Blackouts


4.0
excellent

Review

by robin EMERITUS
January 26th, 2011 | 51 replies | 11,097 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Go! Team deal more indie pop dropkicks.

They may seem like the perfect summer troupe, the kind of thing that’d give Brighton pier (whichever one remains) a bit of sparkle, but deep down you know you’re glad The Go! Team is releasing this now rather than four months down the line. If you don’t have anything new to gorge on as you come to terms with this 2011 thing, then Ninja and co. can give you everything at once in this neat, not-so-little package. Much like Broken Social Scene or Architecture in Helsinki, The Go! Team is an ideal mixtape band, and on Rolling Blackouts it’s as if they made the artwork and set music to fit; songs to hold hands in the sea to, songs to raise your middle finger with, maybe a song to put on while you walk around naked. Yes, friendly nudists, The Go! Team is all things to all people, with its doo-wop pop, its hip-hop beats and its instrumental piano pieces all going to a happy home. Better yet, it all fits when, as the album artwork kind of suggests, it really shouldn’t.

You’ll like Rolling Blackouts if you like mixtapes, and you’ll love it if you want Thunder, Lightning, Strike again, but bigger. The quintet delight with their playfulness once more, but this time they expand on it. Namely, it’s louder, even more jam-packed with hooks and quirks, and all for the sake of the sugar-hit. Electronica does the job, for one, with the sparkly “Apollo Throwdown” layered in big, bold strokes. But really, no genre can fail in the many hands of this collective, with Ninja’s rapping over “Voice Yr Choice” feeling customary at this point, and the belching music below- the sly percussion and breezy horn section, devised like a cheeky sleight of hand- the jam’s other half. Every song penned here borrows from the band’s signature sound (an eclectic instrumental, but they forgot to keep it instrumental) but amplifies it beyond that lighter sound we knew.

Even so, it’s tempting to call Rolling Blackouts a wholly graceful record in the way it moves- tempting when “Apollo Throwdown” shifts from “Secretary Song” into those dulcet tones, but all swooning aside, graceful wouldn’t quite fit: the Team are loudmouths here, using turntables to fist-pump on “T.O.R.N.A.D.O.” and crafting cartoonish parade anthems like “Bust-Out Brigade,” an aptly titled instrumental that, for all intents and purposes, is vintage Go! Team. Rolling Blackouts is still very much lots of music for lots of people, and noisy, but there’s a real fluidity to it, and that’s good: it’s great to write marching pop anthems, but it’s better to keep the march going, and for that reason the Go! Team have created a very impressive body of work. They invite their collaborators, even, to be a part of the band rather than a distracting feature: on “Buy Nothing Day,” Bethany Cosentino takes a break from her summer duties and joins as a vocalist, and she’s a snug fit, even if the song doesn’t have Best Coast written all over it; it’s a harmonious pop song, but it’s a group effort. Deerhoof’s Matsazucki, too, is slotted into “Secretary Song” casually, until the song’s rockin’ conclusion, and then things move on. This is a well-contained party record, one where Ninja doesn’t make herself or anyone else the focus, even if she does kick serious ass on “Apollo Throwdown.”

All this makes Rolling Blackouts seem infallible. It works from top to bottom, to take songs from, and it fits the Go! Team canon with assumed confidence. If Rolling Blackouts, mixtape-gone-album extraordinaire, does nothing else for you, it’ll at least put 2011 fresh in your mind. The Go! Team’s third record thrives on the excitement of making music, however they want to make it, and that feeling doesn’t go away lightly. Here’s to hoping the year is as full to the brim as this.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
qwer7yfreak
January 26th 2011



486 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Awesome review! I really love the Go! Team, and this album certainly doesn't disappoint. I was so excited when this leaked, I couldn't wait to listen to it.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
January 26th 2011



10553 Comments


Sounds interesting enough

Digging: Saintseneca - Dark Arc

AggravatedYeti
January 26th 2011



7684 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I still haven't given this a spin yet.
but I love "Secretary Song," "Buy Nothing Day" and this review.

robin
Emeritus
January 26th 2011



4223 Comments


well you know,
bethany.

AggravatedYeti
January 26th 2011



7684 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

dude...ninja

Yotimi
January 26th 2011



6274 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thunder, Lightning, Strike is actually close to a 5 for me so I've been looking forward to this. Any sweet banjo tracks like "Everyone's a VIP to Someone"?

AggravatedYeti
January 26th 2011



7684 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

song is so good ^

mmmm I just wanna listen to TLS! now.

robin
Emeritus
January 26th 2011



4223 Comments


you'll have to find out! ;)

but... nah. the record has the feel of TLS, it just seems like it comes with more attitude.

Waior
January 26th 2011



11421 Comments


nice work mr apathy i am on this.

klap
Staff Reviewer
January 26th 2011



10003 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeee just got this a couple days ago

Minus The Flair
Emeritus
January 26th 2011



862 Comments


on it like a car bonnet. loved tls so. great review, boyo.

Ponton
Emeritus
January 26th 2011



5775 Comments


mmhmm this is the kinda indie pop i'd love

hey robin, review is good brit man

Digging: Mimicking Birds - Mimicking Birds

robin
Emeritus
January 26th 2011



4223 Comments


southeast today

couldwinarabbit
January 26th 2011



6996 Comments


Thunder, Lightning, Strike is actually close to a 5 for me [2]. Review was awesome, hopefully I like this.

deepintheorchard
January 26th 2011



644 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh my god Yosemite Theme.

qwer7yfreak
January 26th 2011



486 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I feel like a huge sap for saying this, but I really like Ready to go Steady

Awesomesauce
January 27th 2011



1083 Comments


I'm liking what I've heard from this so far. Nice review too.

robin
Emeritus
January 27th 2011



4223 Comments


ready to go steady is a personal fave. although applo throwdown is THE track.

G3N3R1C
January 27th 2011



1945 Comments


Heard T,L,S a couple months back and really liked it. Need to listen to it more, though. I'll probably check this out when i get a chance.

kanecooper
January 27th 2011



630 Comments


nice review, probably won't listen though because i dont like their last fm main



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