Rolling Blackouts

Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
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  1. Feb 23, 2011
    90
    If the Go! Team can make a record this much fun, with this much style and skill, with this many well-chosen collaborators, and with this many hit songs every couple years, by the time they are done we'll be voting them into the Brilliant Pop Hall of Fame.
  2. Alternative Press
    Feb 23, 2011
    90
    This album is pure joy to listen to. [Mar 2011, p.96]
  3. Feb 1, 2011
    83
    The Go! Team still has spirit, yes it does, and with Rolling Blackouts, it's given fans of ecstatic pop one more thing to cheer about.
  4. 83
    Rolling Blackouts, is a breathless mix of scrappy guitars, girl-group harmonies, and funky horns. It might seem nostalgic if it didn't sound so now.
  5. 80
    The Go! Team makes sure to reach for the stars and they're certainly poised to simply get more well-known from here.
  6. Uncut
    Feb 8, 2011
    80
    Rolling Blackouts is as invigorating as their debut. [Feb 2011, p.87]
  7. Feb 7, 2011
    80
    A sample-heavy hodgepodge of indie rock, hip-hop, garage rock and mature instrumentals fills out the rest of this joyous album whose almost wistful title track near the end brings everything together in the most satisfying way.
  8. Feb 2, 2011
    80
    The prominence of structure beams through and makes this more of a traditional offering than a novelty. Still unlike anything else, this is time well spent.
  9. Q Magazine
    Feb 2, 2011
    80
    Lively third outing from Brighton collective. [Feb. 2011, p. 117]
  10. Feb 2, 2011
    80
    It's mixed-up, mashed-up and flagrantly, unapologetically odd. It's everything we want The Go! Team to be. But with added extras.
  11. Right at the end of what is officially the most depressing month of the year comes a shaft of unadulterated sunshine.
  12. Jan 27, 2011
    80
    It works from top to bottom, to take songs from, and it fits the Go! Team canon with assumed confidence.
  13. Mar 10, 2011
    74
    Rolling Blackouts features less of lady rapper Ninja's double-dutch rhymes and a wrecking-ball brass attack, a welcome evolution that shifts the focus towards songcraft and away from the squealing sheets of instrumentation.
  14. Feb 3, 2011
    74
    Hopefully, Rolling Blackouts marks the moment in the Go! Team's career where the idea of moving forward becomes less of a literal concept and more an artistic one.
  15. 70
    Rolling Blackouts doesn't move away from what the Go! Team is known for. Instead, this is a snapshot of a band both honing their skills and creating a fun piece of music.
  16. Feb 4, 2011
    70
    Whether you felt the Go! Team took a step back with Proof of Youth or not, Rolling Blackouts as an album delivers on the band's premise more successfully thanks to this variety.
  17. Feb 1, 2011
    70
    The naïve exuberance underpinning their mash-up of marching-band funk, jump-rope rap chants and indie-pop could feel forced by now, but their third disc is as cute and tunefully muscular as ever.
  18. Jan 27, 2011
    70
    Their diverse third release occasionally finds new ways to induce grins.
  19. Jan 27, 2011
    63
    The group often stretch their net too wide for their own good. Rolling Blackouts is more indecisive mixtape than flowing album.
  20. Feb 18, 2011
    62
    Much like "T.O.R.N.A.D.O.," Rolling Blackouts is a natural disaster in musical form-a messy, lo-fi garbage bag full of genres and cultures, overflowing with left-field sonic trickery: corny turntable scratching, shit garage drums, twinkling glockenspiels, and enough spunky cheerleader bravado from frontgirl/rapper Ninja to start a whole squad.
  21. Mojo
    Apr 6, 2011
    60
    Guest vocalists save giddy, sampling sextet from "more of the same old" charges. [Feb. 2011, p. 97]
  22. Feb 17, 2011
    60
    Rolling Blackouts is a Technicolor, kaleidoscopic riot of a record but, put in context, it can't fail to be tinged with a hint of disappointment. There's a real risk that The Go! Team may have painted themselves into a corner (albeit with various shades of eye-wateringly luminous paint); it will be intriguing to see where they go from here.
  23. Jan 31, 2011
    60
    Rolling Blackouts eventually circles around to the type of funky, percussive stuff that the Go! Team does best, though not before detouring through a few instrumentals-typically a mixed bag for the band, and no less so on this album.
  24. Jan 28, 2011
    60
    Rolling Blackouts' essential problem is that The Go! Team has not found one meaningful way to evolve their sound past their critical-darling debut.
  25. Jan 27, 2011
    60
    There's still the charm and energy and all the qualities that made us fall in love with The Go! Team in the first place. But it's like a child who's recently learned one song: cute the first few times, but even the most lovable things eventually get tiresome.
  26. Ian Parton is capable of more, and his poor decisions and lack of forward-thinking will keep The Go! Team from being more than a great live act unless change is sought for their next record.
  27. Feb 23, 2011
    40
    One has to applaud The Go! Team for their restless energy and dogged determination to stick to a previously tried and true formula, but Rolling Blackouts proves that louder and faster in no way equals hip.
  28. Jan 27, 2011
    40
    Six years is a long time in pop, and the Go! Team seem to have grown old.
  29. Rolling Blackouts sees them doing what The Go! Team do: flailing and yelping like meth-addicted Energiser bunnies, which, as you may have figured, is not a compliment.
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Feb 20, 2011
    9
    "Rolling Blackouts" is a stellar collection of songs that range in their scope and drive. Standout moments include the guest appearances by"Rolling Blackouts" is a stellar collection of songs that range in their scope and drive. Standout moments include the guest appearances by Deerhoof front woman (Secretary Song) and Bethany from Best Coast (Buy Nothing Day). Full Review »
  2. Feb 19, 2011
    8
    "Rolling Blackouts" is another original gem from The Go! Team. The true value of this recording is that they bravely cast their net to a vast"Rolling Blackouts" is another original gem from The Go! Team. The true value of this recording is that they bravely cast their net to a vast potential audience by mashing myriad styles and yet still retain the focus to deliver some excellent songs.

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