• Record Label: Beyond
  • Release Date: May 15, 2001
Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Veteran alt-rock producers Paul Q. Kolderie and Sean Slade give the record surprising bite and contemporaneity. [18 May 2001, p.80]
  2. Overall, God Bless the Go-Go's is a spirited, entertaining album that was worth the wait.
  3. The fab five has more than made up for lost time with the deliriously buoyant God Bless the Go-Go's.
  4. Keeping their collective heads above water here is a solid adherence to strong uncomplicated melodies and the kind of sugary harmonies you don't much hear these days.
  5. Sharply written, energetically performed, and slickly produced, it actually sounds like the album Go-Go's fans have waited 17 years to hear.
  6. 80
    It's the group's continued synchronicity that makes puns like "Kissing Asphalt" both chat-room hip and roller-rink authentic. [Jun/Jul 2001, p.110]
  7. If it's energy that it is the single strongest selling point of God Bless the Go-Go's, well, that's kind of where they came in anyway, back in the day when lead singer Belinda Carlisle was a butch-haircutted pudge and "We Got the Beat" was, literally, just about all the Go-Gos had going for them musically.
  8. The music on God Bless the Go-Go's is as entertaining as anything when they were hitting the charts, only some of the lyrics are not quite as intoxicatingly bubbly and fresh as even a few years ago.
  9. 60
    All that pep blots out the undercurrent of longing that made their best '80s songs complicated and bittersweet. [June 2001, p.155]
  10. Recaptures their hallmark bright-eyed power-pop sound while rarely scaling fresh heights. [#184, p.135]
  11. To the credit of the Go-Go's, they don't forfeit any California sparkle with this slick and listenable reunion effort.
  12. 60
    Remarkable less for the tunes than the sheer, punchy exuberance on show. [Dec 2001, p.120]
  13. 40
    Most of the songs on God Bless the Go-Go's are lacking the huge hooks and punk spark that once made the group unforgettable...
  14. There's no trace of the zany sass that made the Go-Go's an institution to begin with. [Jul 2001, p.68]
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 38 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. RandyH
    Jun 19, 2005
    10
    They are so damn underrated.
  2. JerryD.
    Nov 2, 2001
    10
    It is great the Go-Go's are back
  3. DanH
    Oct 10, 2001
    8
    This is a very cool & LONG awaited album from the first and only all girl band (not group-there is a difference) to score a #1 album. Fresh & This is a very cool & LONG awaited album from the first and only all girl band (not group-there is a difference) to score a #1 album. Fresh & fun, looks like some things never change. Full Review »