Picks and Pans Review: Vacation
Like video games, designer jeans and salad bars, the Go-Go's are that rarity, a fad that becomes a fixture. Their new album is as delectable as a double-dip mint chocolate chip ice-cream cone, as invigorating as a frolic under a lawn sprinkler. In other words, it's just as good as last year's snappy debut, Beauty and the Beat, which for six weeks was the No. 1 album in the country. The group's unique combination of surf rock, girl-group sentiment, new wave dance rhythms and breathless exuberance is clearly a vein in no danger of being exhausted. A lot of people have tried to explain the success of these five young women who honed their talents together in Los Angeles in the late '70s. One writer suggested last year the Go-Go's were charming because they were amateurish. But if amateurism were charming, every garage band in the country would be in the Top 10. The Go-Go's know what they're doing. If rock had an all-star game, drummer Gina Schock and bassist Kathy Valentine, for instance, would be starters. What is charming is the group's ingenuousness.
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