Go

Go

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by Pat Benatar
     
 

It's been more than five years since Pat Benatar left the studio with new material, a period that's seen many a pop princess come and go. But with Go, her first album of new material since 1997's Innamorata, the brassy singer effectively stakes her claim to a pop-rock legacy that she's clearly not ready to hand over just yet.…  See more details below

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It's been more than five years since Pat Benatar left the studio with new material, a period that's seen many a pop princess come and go. But with Go, her first album of new material since 1997's Innamorata, the brassy singer effectively stakes her claim to a pop-rock legacy that she's clearly not ready to hand over just yet. The title tune, which builds a veritable wall of sound out of Benatar's own vocal tracks, kicks off the disc with an encouraging edginess -- a feel that's amplified by hubby Neil Giraldo's scratchy guitar lines. And while many of Go's 11 tracks (not including the 4 untitled hidden songs that end the disc) echo elements from Benatar's past catalogue, there are a number of surprising forays, such as "Sorry," a gently rhythmic ride that conjures up images of a Brazilian beach. Benatar's never been all that comfortable getting in touch with her mushier side, and mid-tempo cuts like "Brave" show that she's not about to change those stripes. Still, when she and Giraldo decide to boost the power aspect of the power ballad, as on the Dear Abby–styled "Girl," the Bic-flicking reflex gets triggered mighty quickly. In an era when most of her peers are either rehashing their past glories ad infinitum or retreating into schmaltzy cover tunes, Go proves that Pat Benatar is still capable of gunning forward, rearview mirror be damned.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
For her first studio album in half a dozen years, Benatar returned with a fairly characteristic and varied set of mainstream rock, longtime cohort Neil Giraldo in the producer and co-songwriter chair (in addition to playing much of the music). While her voice is in fine shape, capable of hard rockers and more measured ballads, there isn't anything all that memorable tune-wise. Most of the songs are preoccupied with romantic disillusionment, which might be an odd state of affairs given the long Benatar-Giraldo personal and professional partnership, but maybe they're just doing what comes naturally to them as commercial music-makers. Hard, arena-styled rock is perhaps the element most to the fore here, particularly in the title track, with its waves of distorted guitars. But the pair seem to be wanting to cover several bases, with MOR balladry ("Brave" and "Please Don't Leave Me"), more acoustic singer/songwriter-shaded stuff ("Sorry" and "Tell Me"), and anthemic pop present as well. The CD also includes an unlisted bonus track, the awful post-9/11 2001 tribute single "Christmas in America."

Product Details

Release Date:
08/12/2003
Label:
BEL CHIASSO
UPC:
0015707974325
catalogNumber:
79743

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pat Benatar   Primary Artist
Ray Brinker   Drums
Denny Fongheiser   Percussion,Drums
Neil Giraldo   Bass,Guitar,Strings,Keyboards,Vocals
Dave Karasony   Drums
Mick Mahan   Bass
Matt Laug   Drums
Dana Kaproff   Strings

Technical Credits

Holly Knight   Composer
Chris Fuhrman   Engineer,Digital Editing
Neil Giraldo   Composer,Producer
Steve Hall   Mastering
Barry Rudolph   Engineer
Matt Touchard   Art Direction,Logo
Jeff Worrell   Digital Editing
Spyder Whitehouse   Engineer,Digital Editing
Stephany Cure   Assistant Art Director
Ben Duggan   Photo Assistance
Hugo Rojas   Photo Assistance
John Malta   Art Direction
Paul Rafferty   Composer

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Go 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD has almost everything from Pat and Neil. It starts right off with a great rock and roll feel. From there it will take you winding down the road with some softer notes, to some that just keep on rocking. You owe it to yourself if you like Rock and roll, and have every liked anything from Pat Benatar to get this CD today. This CD "Go" is so wonderfully done. Plus you will get as a bonus christmas in America. A very touching piece. So add that with Pats Vocal range and some great rock and pop tunes. Get the CD "GO" now.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pat is still one of, if not the best, female vocalists in rock. Combined with the songwriting and guitar talents of her husband, Neil Geraldo, this is one of the best albums I've heard in a long while.