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Semicircle

The Go! Team

Semicircle

Fifth album of alternative indie dance from the Brighton six-piece led by Ian Parton

ADM rating[?]

7.1

Label
Memphis Industries
UK Release date
19/01/2018
US Release date
19/01/2018
  1. 10.0 |   The Arts Desk

    A sassy, fresh, sophisticated record which proves The Go! Team are as inimitable and exciting as ever
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  2. 9.1 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    It really rallies the spirits!
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  3. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    40 minutes of blissful escapism
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  4. 8.0 |   All Music

    That the Go! Team can sound as fresh and inventive on Semicircle as they did when they started is an impressive, almost miraculous, feat that defies nature and defines triumphant joy
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  5. 8.0 |   Record Collector

    Wherever you turn, exuberance and invention are generously served
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  6. 8.0 |   The Observer

    A psychedelic tonic
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  7. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Semicircle is as close to an out-and-out rock record as The Go! Team have ever gotten and they sound more revitalised than ever
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  8. 8.0 |   music OMH

    Not many make pop music that leaps off the page so high and vividly as The Go! Team
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  9. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    A fantastic little album with exactly the sort of youthful, innocent drive that you just don't get from artists well into middle age
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  10. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Another infectious collection of joy-filled, pepped-up pop
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  11. 7.7 |   Paste Magazine

    Semicircle is just about as good as any other Go! Team record
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  12. 7.0 |   The Digital Fix

    From the second the needle drops, the collaborative party atmosphere washes over you
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  13. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    This is a team effort, and all the better for it
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  14. 7.0 |   Mixmag

    The Go Team! imbue ‘Semicircle’ with the high-octane vibes of a marching band taking on block party jams, Northern Soul and cutesy indie pop. It might sound crazy, but it works beautifully
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  15. 6.7 |   A.V. Club

    It’s a rousing party record, but when the music stops and the lights come on, it all blurs together into a fun but forgettable time
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  16. 6.5 |   Under The Radar

    Their music works best when left to freewheel across genre and structure. That doesn't always happen here, which is why this fifth outing is merely enjoyable
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  17. 6.3 |   Pitchfork

    They’re as boisterous as ever, but their nostalgia doesn’t dip far beneath the surface of their inspirations
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  18. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    With the clash of indie guitars, 1980s hip-hop and even the ping pong sounds on Tangerine/Satsuma/Clementine, everything becomes a “Kodak moment”. However, Semicircle fails to thrill all the way through
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  19. 6.0 |   DIY

    Another upbeat, buoyant addition to their canon
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  20. 6.0 |   The Independent

    Too cool for school, perhaps?
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  21. 6.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Ultimately, though, ‘Semicircle’ is an acquired taste: for all the hints at pop genius, an indiscipline permeates the record, manifesting itself as grating zaniness. “Warning,” the cover should say, “contains nuts”
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  22. 6.0 |   Clash

    Whilst ‘Semicircle' does contain obvious flaws, this chapter of The Go! Team is here to have a good time and hopes you are too
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  23. 6.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    Yet another mixture of cute homages and recycled pastiche
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  24. 5.6 |   Earbuddy

    While Semicircle is certainly fun to spend time with briefly, not much leaves you wanting to return to it
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  25. 5.0 |   The 405

    Listening to Semicircle can feel a bit like hanging out with that one friend, who always seems blissfully unaware and pathologically optimistic, and just tells you to have a positive mental attitude. To which it’s hard not to react with, “oh, fuck off, will you?”
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