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Boomkat Product Review:
It's amazing what a Mercury Nomination can do for your standing at a label, and it is with this impetus that the people over at Memphis are re-releasing The Go! Team's debut as a soopa-whizz-bang special edition; replete with two new (and fairly average) tracks. Made up of a UN style mix of nationalities, The Go! Team's debut album 'Thunder, Lightening, Strike' is a messy record, and we're not talking a Dangerous Dave Pierce mess either. What we've got is the kind of aural shit-tip that stands up to comparisons with the Beastie Boy's seminal 'Paul's Boutique' or the Avalanches' 'Since I Left You'. If you were to put songbooks by the Jackson 5, DJ Shadow and Grandmaster Flash through a shredder then gave Stevie Wonder the results and a roll of sellotape this is the kind of thing you'd get back. It's like snorting a line of pink sherbet of a Carebear's back. The Go! Team appeared early 2003 with the superlative 'Junior Kickstart EP' and in a bout of Stone Roses like graft; they've took the over 18 months coming up with their debut. The title track from the EP is here and sounds as gloriously energetic as it did back then, opening with a guitar riff The Strokes would shave their heads for before morphing into the best 1970's ITV tea-time show theme tune that never was. And this kind of blatant disregard for genres and what should and shouldn't go together is the elixir which fuels the whole album. 'The Power Is On' nicks beats, horns and strings then ram-raids it head-on into a school playground, with Gene Krupa as headmaster, during morning break. Carnage. Album closer 'Everyone's a V.I.P to Someone' is like Air's 'Ce Martin La' in the hall of mirrors after too much candy-floss but with dignity fully intact. After the cultural cluster-fuck of the previous 11 tracks, its tenderness and pathos is made all the more acute. So loud you'll have your levels pushing the red regardless of volume, 'Thunder, Lightening, Strike' is an intense hit that you may not want to over do.