The thing that strikes me most about Gary Go's music is the quality of his lyrics. They are extremely poetic, the kind that makes you want to catch every word. They seem to mesh well with the basic melody too. However... there is a huge disconnect between the music, the lyrics and the overall production of this CD that lower its appeal from "wow" into the realm of background music. The majority of these selections suffer from too many strings, too many lush synthetics that conspire to make each song little more than an extension of the one that preceded it. That's usually the result of some genius producer brought in by the artist's agent to make their music more commercial. Unfortunately, that doesn't apply here as this collection was produced by Gary Go himself, in collaboration with Andreas E. Larsen.
The most enjoyable track on the album is the first, "Open Arms", a song about truth and fear that is wonderfully introspective. But then again, was my enjoyment of that song heightened by the fact that it was the first one to listen to?
A note to Mr. Go and Mr. Larsen, there's some real substance here, you don't need to fluff up the sound and subject it to a commercialism filter. I hope his next effort reflects a more direct approach.
There's not much new music to get excited about these days - in fact, not much that doesn't make you want to throw the ipod out the window. Maybe that's why I like Gary Go so much. I spent the entire CD trying to think of who he reminded me of. Not just the voice, which is smooth and accomplished (and no warbles, screeches, and other ear assaults), but the music and lyrics. Totally invidious...Gary Go seems like you've heard it before, but you keep stopping to listen, to admire … more
It all started well when I turned on the CD for the first time: right away I knew I liked Gary's voice, and the music sounded like my style. But before the end of the first song, I had already drifted off, a bit bored. The second song was entirely forgettable. And the third. And so on. But! One song on this CD is terrific-- and, not surprisingly, I learned it was also the album's first single ("Wonderful"). You can actually follow the melody and tempo, whereas several of the others just sort of … more
When I chose Gary Go's debut album, I did so after listening to several clips available here on Amazon. I initially liked what I heard and was looking forward to hearing the songs in full. Now that I've had a chance to listen to it, I can't say that it's grabbed me and kept me interested enough to put it high in my music rotation, but I have enjoyed it. For me it's a very easy listening, chill, kick back type of music. Last night I had it playing in the kitchen while making dinner and the day before … more
Gary Go, that's me! Born and raised in London, England in the shadow of Wembley Stadium. I had an insight into music early because my older cousin was in bands and used to let me sit in his studio while he wrote and recorded songs. He used to give me Bowie and Beatles records to listen to. Then I heard wives' tales about Paul McCartney not really being Paul McCartney and how the clues to his death were in the artwork of their albums and that had me pretty spooked when listening to the Beatles for quite some time. I got really into early Bowie (like The London Boys era), then came T.Rex, Queen, Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkle and of course Michael Jackson. I tried writing songs when my cousin gave me my first keyboard, a little Casio. I wrote a song called "The Stomach Ground" about a village of people living on someone's stomach. I basically wrote more and more songs, and figured out how to multi-track using a double cassette deck. Music was where I was heading. I left school to get a job in a recording studio, I made tea and setup microphones. Then I setup The Canvas Room, my own little studio and record label. I made an e.p called the So So...e.p and started playing shows around London. Someone who heard the So So...e.p happened to run a big studio in New Jersey USA and I was invited out there to record another e.p and I wrote an e.p called The Diary Of Rodney Harvey, inspired by an article I had read about the tragic rise and fall of this promising star. I ended up living in ...