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Music Reviews

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Go! Team
Thunder, Lightning, Strike
Memphis Industries

Rating: 9.5/10 ?


October 1, 2004

Wow.

Sometimes a record can just blow you away, and the Go! Team's debut does exactly that. Besides being an irrefutable onslaught of kinetic, catchy sounds, it gave me the excuse to start a review with "Wow," which makes it even better.

Thunder, Lightning, Strike is simply amazing. It is filled with boundless, glorious noise, sewing together flamboyance, quirkiness, sturdy sampling, and a well-traveled feel that can take you anywhere you want to go.

All that said, there is not a bad song on here. The album reminds me of Cibo Matto, Avalanches and Enon, all designed for confetti-colored recreation. Each mostly-instrumental track transports you somewhere fun. Be it in the funky, infectious spy tango of "Ladyflash," with its rolling claps and kiddie chorus; the bright horns and discombobulated, trash can street-beats of "The Power Is On"; or the sweet, exotic calliope tones of "Get It Together," there is something here for every one and every fantasy.

Ever wanted to be a part of an A-Team rescue mission? Try "Junior Kickstart". Pining for the party days of cake and ice cream? Play with "Bottle Rocket". Does Donna Summer's "Bad Girls (Beep Beep, Toot Toot)" fire off gleeful memories of a pep rally gone awry? So will "Huddle Formation". Want to let loose and do the shopping cart with Charlie Brown and his gang? Go for "Feel Good by Numbers" and stare Schroeder down. There's so much to take in and explore here, and every twist and turn makes for a great time.

As an exclusive invitation to a universal party, Thunder, Lightning, Strike knows how to make you feel welcome and loosen your inhibitions. Take them up on it; it feels good.

Reviewed by Sarah Peters
A former music editor and staff writer for LAS, Sarah Peters recently disappeared. Perhaps one day she will surface again, who knows.

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