God Bless The Go-Go's

The Go-Go's

 

The Go-Go's returned with new a new studio album in 2001 with an energetic pop-confection entitled God Bless The Go-Go's. Finding their specific musical niche may have been part of the elusive equation that kept this release from securing a needed audience to generate a career resurrection.

The reunited band members, vocalist Belinda Carlisle, guitarists Charlotte Caffey and Jane Wiedlin, bassist Kathy Valentine, and drummer Gina Shock, collectively delivered an engaging collection of new material as The Go-Go's.

Carlisle's vocals are crystal clear and the band harmonies are melodic and luscious. The lovely ladies commingle for an angelic chorus, supporting this endeavor. The instrumentation and musicianship is almost too perfect, impeding the album from achieving spontaneous eargasm.

Hands down, this is a strong recording. The catchy lyrics and song writing fuels this reunion effort. Never mistaken for hardrock, The Go-Go's certainly prove that they have what it takes to classify themselves as a rock'n roll unit.

Caffey contributes the greatest share as co-composer to the compositions found on God Bless The Go-Go's. A humorous highlight on the disc is Caffey's tongue-in-cheek "Kissing Asphalt". The album features only two band composition, "Sonic Superslide" and "Throw Me A Curve".

The album has several moments that will satisfy any Go-Go's fan. "Stuck In My Car" is a straight ahead rocker. "Automatic Rainy Day" is an excellent pop workout. "Insincere" is a poignant power-pop tune. The biographical "Daisy Chain", the only cover, is sweetened by its melancholy melody.

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01. La La Land
02. Unforgiven
03. Apology
04. Stuck In My Car
05. Visions Of Nowness
06. Here You Are
07. Automatic Rainy Day
08. Kissing Asphalt
09. Insincere
10. Sonic Superslide
11. Throw Me A Curve
12. Talking Myself Down
13. Daisy Chain

Beyond Music
September 2001