He’s proven a little bit of recognition over the past few months. His debut single “Wondeful” hit the top 30 of the UK Singles Charts and suddenly he gained national attention after Take That announced that he is supporting the group’s Summer concert in the UK. Suddenly, people are getting curious about Gary Go’s artistic capability. After hearing, “Open Arms” I’m quite starting to doubt all of it. Honestly.
After earning a disputable title of a “One-Man Coldplay”, Gary Go tends to not frustrate listeners with this given title. He absolutely worked very hard to attain such title giving him a little hard time. Hearing the eponymous debut album from this Londoner, I’m quite dissatisfied and undoubtedly appalled with the results.
The album opener “Open Arms” sets much of the standard of the entire record. The verses are quite commendable but then evolve to something he’d sing before. “Wonderful” that is. There’s nothing enigmatic to the opener, leaving us to think that we’d hear something like this until the end of a 47-minute LP. It’s clichéd arrangement, predictable bridge and overly crafted melancholic lyrics. I’m pretty sure there will be a lot of this.
At least after hearing “Open Arms”, the second track “So So” is a little bit more credible to listen to. Acoustic-guitar turned into rock fiasco. Its’ brawny strength makes it a classic modern rock anthem with an edge. Gary tells that he likes it in London better than anywhere else because it makes him feel a little bit better. The song is something U2, The Goo Goo Dolls would sing with the usual big-spirited chorus familiarised with violin undercurrents.
The melancholic theme exposed from the previous tracks continues in the third song “Engines”. “Engines” sort of relates Gary’s grief over a somehow “on the verge of a break-up relationship”. He tells patiently about a selfish-cliché line “Your love is my life”. I love how the song ended with the “xylophone” tingling towards the conclusion of the song.
Of course, as the CD continued playing we hear the debut “Wonderful” which seemed at first listen a very interesting song. Frankly, it’s a nice song to listen to while driving in a 40-mile highway after having a break-up. In relation to the mood established by most of his songs, I somehow find the track “Brooklyn” a particular treat. “Brooklyn” is a 3 and a half-minute ballad that soothes a weary feeling constituted after hearing most of the racks on the LP. It’s subtle, piano inflicted verses are exquisitely dramatic and show Gary’s vulnerable side.
Having said over and over again, “Gary Go” is a truly unremarkable debut. Even earning the title “One-Man Coldplay”, doesn’t seem to give him a bit of an edge compared to those legends. The 47-minute record is almost a sheer fiasco. Most of the tracks are somehow been sung before by other artists giving Gary Go a loss of his musical identity. There’s not much commendable tracks in the album and this is definitely not a practical way of getting known in a world full of amazing talents but only a few survive. I guess we’ll have to wait until he releases something new, fresh and speaks of a more respectable, commendable record.
RELEASED: May 25, 2009 (UK)
STAND-OUT TRACKS: “Brooklyn”, “Wonderful”, “So So”