The Go! Team
Thunder, Strike, Lightning
/memphis industries; 2004/

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Great Britain should thank Franz Ferdinand for being one of the few british bands worth listening to. You've got Starsailor, Keane and Muse, the NME brats, and on the other side, Blur and Radiohead, the boring "we used to be good" ones. It's hard to find a good, enjoyable unpretentious british band. And I guess that's where the Go! Team pops in.

They're british and international, they're young and they're melting music like those two skaters/shoplifters from the movie adaptation of High Fidelity. Somehow I suspect them to be them. You get a spoonful of soul, bits and pieces of Finnish electropop, Beach music guitars, a lump of UK Garage, a handful of noisy pop and you get Thunder, Lightning, Strike, 2004's best party album.

It starts with James Brown's horn section, Dick Dale's Fender Stratocaster and Ennio Morricone's harmonica. It's rolling and rocking and even if you've never heard these songs before they all sound really familiar. Thunder, Lightning, Strike is filled with instant hits and timeless hooks: one second it's 1961 and the next it's 1992. It never sounds clumsy or nostalgic, every influence has been digested and, well, to cut short, it sounds like your whole record collection is involved in a gloriously cacophonic gangbang.

Just in case you didn't read it right: it's FUN!!!

-Barbara H

/oct 1st 2004/