Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Everybody Knows It's Gonna Happen Only Not Tonight - The Go Find
Everybody Knows It’s Gonna Happen Only Not Tonight
The Go Find
SCQ Rating: 65%
Making an air-tight case for The Go Find as either doe-eyed sentimentalists or wisely-trained minimalists has always been pretty tough. Sure, we could tell they loved Fleetwood Mac without them repeatedly professing it and those swirling Death Cab For Cutie comparisons had some teeth to them, but it was difficult deriding the Antwerp-based group on account of Stars On the Wall – a record that balanced softie melancholy with Morr’s crafty beats. It was what it was; the optimum word being lovely.
Everybody Knows It’s Gonna Happen Only Not Tonight almost manages to skirt its cumbersome name with a title track that picks up right where Dieter Sermeus and Co. left off in 2007. Boasting the same rhythmic prowess and warm synths, The Go Find experiment early with a handful of brass riffing off one another; a small detail, yes, but small details make good Go Find records. Those well-placed xylophone-chimes scattered over ‘Just a Common Love ‘’s dense acoustics provide an unforgettable sense of nostalgia, whereas the percolating 80s guitar in ‘Heart of Gold’ (no, not a cover) gives a soft lens to vague romanticism. Instead of these arrangements working hand-in-hand with Sermeus’ songwriting, as on previous outings, Everybody Knows It’s Gonna Happen… pads its near forty minutes with a fair share of twee-filler. The predictable verse/chorus tepidness of ‘One Hundred Percent’ and ‘Running Mates’ is compounded by tossed off lyrical blunders that hardly stand for their own intended insightfulness. Had the album’s late-middle been stripped off, Everybody Knows It’s Gonna Happen… would’ve made an impressive, if overdue, EP. In its current form, however, The Go Find prove that those electronic details do much to sell their soft-rock ambitions.