Album Review: The Go! Team – Rolling Blackouts

Posted: 26/01/2011 in Uncategorized

***As published on State.ie on January 24th 2011***

Rolling Blackouts is the third album from Brighton’s genre-mixing sextet The Go! Team. 2004’s Thunder, Lightning, Strike set the standard, 2007’s Proof of Youth maintained it, and latest effort Rolling Blackouts follows suit.

The album is a high-energy affair from the offset, kicking off with the blistering ‘T.O.R.N.A.D.O’ – a song which epitomises the kind of sound we’ve come to expect from The Go! Team, but with a bit of extra attitude thrown for good measure.

The danger with a band like this is the potential inability to diversify their sound which, when compared to other bands, is considered unique – but in the confines of their own music, is just the norm. This band tackle this issue with lead single and standout track ‘Buy Nothing Day’. The introduction of Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino on guest vocals works incredibly well, her voice blending perfectly with the backdrop of giddy garage-rock. ‘Yosemite Theme’ is another highlight – a sprawling instrumental piece which, in spite of taking down the tempo a notch, flows effortlessly and provides an instant good mood buzz.

As with any release from The Go! Team (who are without a doubt a TV music supervisor’s dream) expect to hear the songs of Rolling Blackouts featured under any given television montage over the coming months. Overall, the album offers nothing startlingly new or daring – but why should the band mess with a formula that works so well for them? Rolling Blackouts brings the sound of summer face-to-face with the January blues – embrace it, and bop along.

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