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Go To School

The Lemon Twigs

Go To School

Second studio album from brothers Brian and Michael D’Addario, a musical/rock opera about a chimp called Shane being raised as a human

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  1. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Go to School is an artistic statement on a grand scale, and it cements their reputation as world-class songwriters
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  2. 8.4 |   Gig Soup

    Ridiculous in concept, somehow ‘Go To School’ is endearing throughout, poignant, impassioned, and perhaps would’ve been a smash if the D’Addario Brothers were born a few decades earlier
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  3. 8.3 |   A.V. Club

    It’s the kind of complicated release that rewards repeated listens
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  4. 8.0 |   Paste Magazine

    True, it’s a batshit crazy story, but the Lemon Twigs make it compelling, highly tuneful and undoubtedly more memorable than an album of indie-pop songs would have been
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  5. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    On Go to School, the Lemon Twigs have taken a lot of what made the first part of the 1970's vibrant and colorful and fascinating and applied those things to a contemporary work
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  6. 8.0 |   Earbuddy

    All we could ask for in a rock musical in 2018. It’s weird yet strangely satisfying. And parts of it are fairly deep
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  7. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Go To School is musically outstanding; sincere and ridiculously entertaining, providing everything that modern-day rock has to offer
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  8. 8.0 |   Uncut

    A joyous, ridiculous journey that treads a perfect line between silly, funny and heart-breaking. Print edition only

  9. 8.0 |   Q

    Thanks to their guileless sincerity and boundless invention, The Lemon Twigs manage to pull it off. Print edition only

  10. 8.0 |   Clash

    A highly ambitious album and some may be wary of the concept, however, if you unpack it, there’s a touching tale within that can resonate with all
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  11. 8.0 |   DIY

    A genuine original
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  12. 7.5 |   The 405

    Magnificent, opulent, bizarre, and wholesome, Go To School is unlikely to be remembered as a hit-filled album but as an important stepping stone in the rock'n'roll rite of passage instead
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  13. 7.0 |   Pitchfork

    Recorded in their parents’ basement, the second album by Long Island brothers Michael and Brian D’Addario is a musical about a monkey that features Todd Rundgren as the primate’s father
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  14. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    A 15-track, hour-long opus that is never dialled down any lower than mildly hysterical, it will trigger a fight or flight reflex in every listener
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  15. 7.0 |   All Music

    Leaving no ridiculous tangent or exaggerated flourish unexplored, the result is a larger-than-life spectacle grown from strange but excellent songwriting
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  16. 6.0 |   NME

    Frustrating but endearing rock musical
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  17. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    Ambitious chimp-centred baroque rock musical
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  18. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    Occasionally jarring but ultimately bananas and your enjoyment depends on how much monkeying around you can handle
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  19. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    The Lemon Twigs’ instrumental abilities just about save the collection from being irritating
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  20. 5.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    If the D’Addario brothers’ flamboyant, glam-rock live chops did little to change your mind – you’ll have to be in a very different headspace right now to back ‘Go To School’
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  21. 4.0 |   Mojo

    A misstep--the sound of talented young musicians over-reaching to the point of unlistenability. Print edition only

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