Thunder, Lightning, Strike [US Bonus Tracks]

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Barnes & Noble - Bill Pearis
Throw out all previous textbook definitions of "kitchen-sink production," as this six-piece from Brighton, England, have redefined the term. Their captivating, smash-up derby of a debut, Thunder Lightning Strike, is like nothing you've ever heard. At the same time it's like everything you've ever heard -- just played all at once. Imagine the Avalanches' sample-heavy masterpiece Since I Left You performed with real instruments, or the Smiths covering the Jackson 5 at a high school pep rally, and you may start to get an idea what the Go! Team are all about. On this mostly instrumental album, you'll find rapid-fire surf guitar album opener "Panther Dash"; Swinging-London ...
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Barnes & Noble - Bill Pearis
Throw out all previous textbook definitions of "kitchen-sink production," as this six-piece from Brighton, England, have redefined the term. Their captivating, smash-up derby of a debut, Thunder Lightning Strike, is like nothing you've ever heard. At the same time it's like everything you've ever heard -- just played all at once. Imagine the Avalanches' sample-heavy masterpiece Since I Left You performed with real instruments, or the Smiths covering the Jackson 5 at a high school pep rally, and you may start to get an idea what the Go! Team are all about. On this mostly instrumental album, you'll find rapid-fire surf guitar album opener "Panther Dash"; Swinging-London pop that wouldn't sound out of place on a Belle & Sebastian album "Get It Together" and "Feelgood by Numbers"; and dips into '70s TV soundtracks "Junior Kickstart" and "The Power Is On". There are also hip-hop-inflected numbers like "Bottle Rocket" and the album's highlight "Ladyflash," which is part Motown girl group and part Double Dutch tournament, with some sampled '60s sitar thrown in for good measure. The lo-fi approach to it all makes it hard to tell what is being played and what is sampled, and such vocals as there are tend to be buried too low in the mix, but the grubby sheen actually gives all these disparate elements a sort of cohesion. On paper, it sounds like a cacophonous mess -- and sometimes it is -- but Thunder Lightning Strike succeeds because no one told them it shouldn't, and the innocent exuberance is infectious.
All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
The Go! Team earn their exclamation point. Their debut album, Thunder, Lightning, Strike, is a refreshing blast of Day-Glo bubble-dance-pop that could crack a smile on even the most frozen of faces. The sound of the record is a slap in the face to audio purists; it sounds like it was recorded on a truck stop-quality cassette in a very damp, crowded basement. The feel of the record is like a slap on the arse of complacent music-makers everywhere. A wake-up call to arms; a "can you top this?" The group whips up a clattering, exhilarating collage of Northern soul horns meshed with sampledelic beats, plangent harmonica, lyrical piano melodies that bring Martin Duffy's work with Felt to mind especially on "Feelgood By Numbers", hard-charging '70s police drama funk, old-school hip-hop, and sincere indie rock. Everyone from Marley Marl to Sonic Youth is roped in to be borrowed from. It's all thrown together with a glorious sense of what works and what doesn't. There isn't a single misstep on the record and it is hard to pick favorites because every song is so blindingly good. Still, if pressed, one might pick "Ladyflash" because it encapsulates everything that is brilliant about the band, from the "Tighten Up" samples to the wonderful vocals by the one-woman wrecking crew Ninja that are equal parts playground hip-hop crossed with a sassy girl group to the melody to the two drummers beating the holy crap out of their kits. Find a better song than this from 2004 and you are lying. Well, maybe "Huddle Formation," a more straightforward song with the same double dutch vocals, only this time married to bracing New Order playing the hits of Phil Spector in a wind tunnel musical backing. But again any song would do, the banjo-driven epic ballad "Everyone's a V.I.P. to Someone," the funkier than Ike & Tina "Bottle Rocket," the theme to the best day of your life "Friendship Update." It's pin the tail on the donkey where everywhere you stick the pin gets you a prize. The Go! Team is widescreen in a pan-and-scan world, a sparkling rejoinder to purists and spoilsports everywhere and more fun than recess on the last day of school. Cinematic, fantastic, and essential to all who want their music larger than life and rambunctious, Thunder, Lightning, Strike is the kind of record that makes you glad to be alive. What could be better than that? [The answer is the U.S. release of Thunder, Lightning, Strike! Thanks to the clout and generous pockets of Columbia Records, the band was able to issue the album with virtually all samples intact instead of revamping the album as they at one point thought they would have to. In addition to that happy circumstance, there are two new tracks inserted into the track list. "We Just Won't Be Defeated"'s schoolyard charts, crime-show horns, and loose-as-a-goose beats place it firmly, gloriously in the realm of the album, but "Hold Yr Terror Close"'s indie pop sweet piano-and-voice duet provides a tender surprise and a calm respite before the thrill of "Huddle Formation." Now more than ever, the Go! Team is the perfect remedy to the faceless hordes of emo rockers, self-impressed rappers, and interchangeable neo-new wavers.]
Entertainment Weekly - Michael Endelman
A funky mess as infectious as the flu. (A-)

A funky mess as infectious as the flu. (A-)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/4/2005
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969650325
  • Catalog Number: 96503
  • Sales rank: 64,437

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Go! Team Primary Artist
Rob Winterson scratching
Technical Credits
Davy DMX Composer
MacDermot's New Pulse Jazz Band Composer
Noel Summerville Mastering
Gareth Parton Producer
The Go! Team Composer, Producer
Ceri Amphlet Cover Design
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Infectious Dance Party...

    Anyone who loves good, undergound dance music will appreciate The Go! Team.

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