The Go! Team has changed little from their out-of-nowhere debut, “Thunder Lightning Strike” –lo-fi spy movie guitar and horns riffs colliding with schoolyard chants, noise bursts and Avalanches-style samples –but the scope is slightly bigger.
If the group’s debut was largely the work of one-man-band Ian Parton, their sophomore disc benefits from the input of the rest of the band, especially de facto front woman Ninja. The treble-heavy sound collage is sometimes too muddled (sounding like a third-generation cassette dub), and the entire mobile party often threatens to run right off the tracks. But the group always brings it back. Album’s highlight is the vocal version of a reworked instrumental B-side “The Wrath of Marcie.” Go! Team does still excel at heart-tugging instrumentals, and “My World” and “Patricia’s Moving Picture” belong at the top of the group’s resume. Things do get complicated: on one tune Bonde do Role’s Marina Vello raps in Portuguese; MySpace sensations Rapper’s Delight Club trade kiddie rhymes; Go! Team’s Kaori Tsuchida sings in Japanese; and “Flashlight Fight” features Chuck D awkwardly mashing with typical Go! Team noise.