Saturday, April 08, 2006
Music Review -- Thunder, Lightning, Strike by The Go! Team
This is such a fun album. Thunder, Lightning, Strike by The Go! Team is oddly kind of brilliant. Their sound is a bit difficult to explain. The music is sort of influenced by Phil Spector or maybe a Quentin Tarantino soundtrack or maybe the opening to a 70s live-action television show about a bad comic book hero like Ant Man. They mostly play instrumentals that incorporate 70s-era production and a million instruments including harmonica, horns and banjos. When they do have singing, they do not actually sing, they chant. While the up-tempo offerings are creatively punctuated by Cheerleader style chants, it grows tiresome. The instrumentals also start to blend into each other near the end of the album. Most importantly, I’m not sure what mood to be in to listen to this. I’m not in the habit of performing athletic cheerleader moves while jamming music that could stand in for the opening theme to Simon and Simon. So, I’m not sure what to think of it, but the contributors to this album are definitely talented and creative and there are some great songs here.
2.25 out of 4.00 on the Vin Swanson Scale.