God Bless the Go-Go's

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Barnes & Noble - Lydia Vanderloo
Since their 1985 breakup, the Go-Go's -- the most successful all-female band of their time -- have regrouped many times to tour, but God Bless the Go-Go's is their first new album since 1984's coolly received Talk Show. So the question is: Have Belinda, Jane, Charlotte, Kathy, and Gina -- now in their early 40s and sporting a youthful, pogo-instigating sound -- still got the beat? One spin through the searing first single, "Unforgiven," provides a resounding yes. With an assist from Green Day's Billy Joe Armstrong -- who co-wrote the tune and contributes guitar and background vocals to the mix -- "Unforgiven" fuses the fire of the gals' Hollywood Boulevard upbringing...
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Barnes & Noble - Lydia Vanderloo
Since their 1985 breakup, the Go-Go's -- the most successful all-female band of their time -- have regrouped many times to tour, but God Bless the Go-Go's is their first new album since 1984's coolly received Talk Show. So the question is: Have Belinda, Jane, Charlotte, Kathy, and Gina -- now in their early 40s and sporting a youthful, pogo-instigating sound -- still got the beat? One spin through the searing first single, "Unforgiven," provides a resounding yes. With an assist from Green Day's Billy Joe Armstrong -- who co-wrote the tune and contributes guitar and background vocals to the mix -- "Unforgiven" fuses the fire of the gals' Hollywood Boulevard upbringing with their girl-group-inspired harmonies, surf-bred guitar licks, and chiming, Beatle-esque melodies. Other highlights include the let's-start-a-party vibe of "La La Land," the driving pep and irresistible chorus of "Stuck in My Car" which revolves around that Go-Go's hallmark, a relationship-automobile metaphor, and the melancholy but uplifting "Automatic Rainy Day." While the ladies indeed lose the beat on the string-laden ballad "Here You Are" and the coy confessional "Daisy Chain" -- maybe the amps should stay on 11-- for fans of punk-fueled pop music who lament the untimely passing of Joey Ramone in 2001, the Go-Go's' triumphant reemergence offers a ray of California sunshine.
All Music Guide - Peter Fawthrop
The release of God Bless the Go-Go's evokes the spirit of those movies where beloved fictional characters from another time period The Brady Bunch or far-off galaxy Star Trek find their way to modern-day America. These characters never quite fit in with their new surroundings, but that is the fun of it. The best films of this genre tend to put people in their place. They let viewers know that they're not, and will not for long be, the ruler of this world, for these roads have been walked down time and again. Nowhere is this a more disregarded lesson than in the pop and rock music industry, where yesterday's stars are tomorrow's clearance bin. In the 21st century, it is a most unlikely surprise that the Go-Go's should pop up again, having traded in their water skis for saint wardrobes. They may be the premier all-girl band of the '80s, but even with their occasional summer tours, only loyalty extremists can keep excitement going over a group that has only released three albums in the distant past. So here, dear fans, is the long-hoped-for number four. Don't be fooled by technological blurting like "hyperspace," "vision of nowness," or the haphazard lyrical palette on "Sonic Superslide," which states "We are solar sisters here to make you shine." Sounds edgy and new, but the group took the familiar route with tracks that sound every bit as Go-Go's as their previous records. Every bit as Go-Go's, that is, as their non-hits and less remarkable material. While the Go-Go's sound is intact, there is not a "We Got the Beat" or a "Head Over Heels" to be found. It is feasible that in this age of pop rebirth, the Go-Go's decided it was now or never. The result makes little sense, since God Bless is in good company with alternative music from the 1990s. The first single, "Unforgiven," was even co-penned and features vocals and guitar by Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day. The album lacks modernity aside from its production and stylish vocals by Belinda Carlisle not as perfected as on her 1996 album A Woman and a Man, but should astonish unfortunate MTV worshipers who have not heard anything from her since the late '80s. The songs flow together a little too perfectly due to heavy, monotonous guitar use -- listen to it once, and then without looking at the track listing, try to make them out by their musical intros. Good luck. There are very nice intersections amid the musical gruffness, like the ballads "Apology" and "Here You Are." There are spots where the guitar serves them well, as on "Unforgiven" as well as "Stuck In My Car," a wonderful fast-paced song about a slow-motion traffic jam. The album finishes with "Daisy Chain," which will go down in Go-Go's history if only because it is the history of the Go-Go's. It is memorable, sporting lyrics like "At number one not doing so fine, still having some fun spilling the wine," graced with a sticky sweet melody. Such a beautiful song it is -- transporting listeners back to the reason they love the Go-Go's in the first place -- that it is easy to give the whole album the benefit of the doubt. Yes, there has been effort put into the making of God Bless the Go-Go's. Yes, it is great to see a group of five 40-year-old women proving that aging is not the same as dying. Yes, it is exciting to hear something new after 17 years. The fun should be that the Go-Go's fit awkwardly into their new surroundings, that they show up from out of nowhere with their silly Go-Go's music to shake up all the "zero size" girly singers who they poke fun at on this album. Hopefully, fans won't have to wait another 17 years for that fun.
Blender - Britt Lindsay
This fivesome may be fortyish by now...but they still sound as precocious as they did way back when.

This fivesome may be fortyish by now...but they still sound as precocious as they did way back when.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/2/2004
  • Label: Eagle Records
  • UPC: 826992005621
  • Catalog Number: 20056

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 La Land (3:02)
  2. 2 Unforgiven (3:23)
  3. 3 Apology (3:57)
  4. 4 Stuck in My Car (3:36)
  5. 5 Vision of Nowness (2:55)
  6. 6 Here You Are (4:01)
  7. 7 Automatic Rainy Day (3:17)
  8. 8 Kissing Asphalt (2:49)
  9. 9 Insincere (3:45)
  10. 10 Sonic Superslide (3:33)
  11. 11 Throw Me a Curve (3:11)
  12. 12 Talking Myself Down (3:55)
  13. 13 Daisy Chain (3:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Go-Go's Primary Artist
Belinda Carlisle Vocals
Jane Wiedlin Guitar, Background Vocals
Charlotte Caffey Guitar, Piano, Background Vocals
Rami Jaffee Mellotron, chamberlain
Billie Joe Guitar, Vocals
Gina Schock Percussion, Drums
Kathy Valentine Bass, Background Vocals
Peggy Baldwin Cello
Billie Joe Armstrong Guitar, Vocals
Roger Joseph Manning Jr. Mellotron
Technical Credits
Jane Wiedlin Composer
Steve Hall Mastering
Paul Q. Kolderie Producer, Engineer
Rick Neigher Producer, Engineer
Sean Slade Producer, Engineer
Susan McEowen Producer
Eric Roinestad Cover Design
Ginger Canzoneri Cover Art, Cover Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Highly recommended

    This is a great album! As an avid Go-Go's fan, I picked it up, knowing it was their first album in 17 years. And wow, after that you're nearly blown away! It includes several hits in the making!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GOD BLESS THE GO-GO'S FOREVER!!!!!

    This is the best CD of the year by far. Theses girls have given us their all!! Belinda's voice is stronger then ever. The girls can still rock out with tunes like ''Stuck In My Car'', ''Kissing Asphalt'' and ''Unforgiven''. They also hit home with some honest and insightful songs such as; ''Apology''(The best song on the CD} and the anthem for all of us out there who dont have the so called perfect body, ''Throw me a Curve''. If you havent gotten this CD yet, you need to. You won't be sorry!!..I guarantee it!!! Let me know what you think.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Buy this CD now! You won't be disappointed!

    This CD absolutely rocks! ''Hello world, we're here again...'' proclaim the Go-Go's on the first track and here they are indeed with one great track after another! Each song remains true to the Go-Go's roots but is delivered with great maturity. Like I said... buy it... hear it... and you'll love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Welcome Back, Go-Go's!

    They are back and back with a vengence. After seventeen years without creating much more than the occasional track or two or three on their endless collection of greatest hits CDs, The Go-Go's have blessed us with a CD full of new music. And we should feel blessed. From the opening beats of ''La La Land'' to the amazing guitar riffs in ''Unforgiven'' to the sweet sounds of ''Insincere,'' this record shows growth and maturity but doesn't lose any of the original traits of past Go-Go's records. The songs have that happy sound to them but the lyrics are dark and moody and sad. There are exceptions to that rule, as can be heard on ''Kissing Asphalt.'' Old fans will fall in love again, new fans will want to discover what started it all. Buy this CD!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome

    I was just a young lad when the Go-go's first broke out, but this is the best Go-go's sound yet! From the first catchy hooks of ''La La Land'' to the powerhouse punk/poppy ''Throw me A Curve'' this album did not dissapoint me one bit. A definite must-have if you're into the punk/pop styles of Blink 182 and Greenday. The Go-Go's still have the beat!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best CD I've heard in ages

    The new album by the Go-Go's is the best album I've heard in ages. There are a couple of ballads thrown in for balance, but most of the album is classic top-down summer music. What I like about this album is that every song is good, and most of the songs I'd give an ''8'' or better to. I don't know about you but I get tired of buying CDs that have maybe three good songs on them, surrounded by pleasant or disposable @#!& to fill out a CD's worth of music. ''God Bless the Go-Go's'' I was able to just pop into the CD player, dub it to a tape and play the whole thing all the way through in the car without skipping songs. For that matter, I find myself just letting the tape loop over and over again. The performances and production are solid, but what makes it work is the songwriting. You can tell when you get some CDs that the material was weak so they tried to compensate with fifty bazillion dollars worth of production as a cover up. Not so, here. The melodies are strong enough that I could imagine acoustic versions sounding good, and the lyrics are peppered with some fun witticisms and plays on words. I first heard the radio hit, ''Unforgiven'', which I like a lot, but my favorite would be ''Sonic Superslide''. It's got an intro hook that reminds me of ''I'm Not Your Stepping Stone'', but then they take it way beyond that with fun ''atomic era'' lyrics and some really nice guitar work. This is the kind of song you could imagine them doing in concert, building up to the end of the set, then blowing everyone's doors off with this song as a sendoff just before the encores. ''Insincere'' is a little bit different from the rest of the album. It opens with a catchy guitar hook, leading into the closest thing I've heard to a British Invasion song in a long time. Makes me think of the Searchers or maybe the Seekers since it's got just a touch of folk-pop flavoring. Gorgeous melody and a picture-perfect vocal delivery. This tune just sends me. ''Daisy Chain'' is one of the slower ones, closes out the album. What I love about this song is its hints and allusions to the Beatles' ''Magical Mystery Tour'' album sound, and nicely rounds out the CD. Most of the album is upbeat and I'm sure will sound good when played live at summer concerts. ''Automatic Rainy Day'', ''Stuck In My Car'', ''Apology'', ''Unforgiven'' and ''La La Land'' all put together on the first half of this CD are like a powerhouse ''take no prisoners'' punch where the Go-Go's were taking no chances on this not being the album that blasts them back into the spotlight. I'd give every one of those songs a ''10''. Ditto on the ''10'' for ''Throw Me A Curve'', ''Sonic Superslide'' and ''Insincere''. Hey, I don't know about you but I'm set for summer now!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Buy this album now!!!

    ''Wow'', is all I can say about this album. It truly encompases all that is great about women and rock music - great lyrics, guitars, vocals...They definitley still got the beat!!! As I have grown up listening to these ladies, it truly warms my heart to hear such honesty in their lyrics and to hear how they have grown. From their ''London Boys'' punk days to now, these ladies will always be Beautiful!

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