The Go! Team: Rolling Blackouts
"The Power Is On," from 2004's Thunder, Lightning, Strike was recently featured in an NFL Play60 commercial featuring the fucking Atlanta Falcons, giving the band an American presence for those not well-informed of British six-pieces that feature samples of playground chants in their songs.
Spin: Their diverse third release occasionally finds new ways to induce grins: "Secretary Song" puts Deerhoof's Satomi Matsuzaki into a pepped-up 1950s supermarket-aisle soundtrack, and "Yosemite Theme" is so full of purple-mountain majesty that even Stephen Colbert might pilfer it.
BBC Music: There's daring and drive; energy and a restlessness that makes you feel guilty for even contemplating to take a breath. But we know the components, and have learned the formula, it's evident we've heard this before.
The Guardian: Ready to Go Steady is breezy 60s pop, while Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino adds her sweet croon to Buy Nothing Day - but it's all overly familiar...Six years is a long time in pop, and the Go! Team seem to have grown old.
Paste Magazine: What is at first cute in its clusterfucking energy, riding waves of rainbow-tinted creativity, quickly turns grey and mushy. And when they do bother to strip back the layers a bit, it doesn't seem to help.
Rolling Blackouts is out now via Memphis Industries.
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