AOTY 2018

Go To School

The Lemon Twigs - Go To School
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2018 Ratings: #278 / 706
User Score
Based on 52 ratings
2018 Ratings: #571
August 24, 2018 / Release Date
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4AD / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Dork

The D’Addarios prove themselves to be more than capable of pulling off the preposterous, and the 50-something minutes of ‘Go To School’ pass by in a rush of precision-tooled harmony vocals, rock’n’roll mini-epics à la Townshend, woodwinds, strings, banjos and chimes.

90
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. It’s a once-in-a-generation epic that, unfortunately, The Lemon Twigs will never be able to do again, owing to the purity of concept and execution here.

84
GIGsoup

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.

83
A.V. Club

It’s the kind of complicated release that rewards repeated listens, as the story of a disaffected chimp translates into songs about the loneliness and longing for acceptance that linger even as high school fades away.

80
Clash

‘Go To School’ is 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.

80
Paste
The album is dazzling in its ambition, not least because the Lemon Twigs are in earnest.
80
PopMatters
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. The results are bizarre and at times a little confusing, but it's a unique piece of work, beautifully written, with a jewelers eye for detail.
80
The Skinny

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

80
Uncut

Overall, Go To School is a blast, a joyous, ridiculous journey that treads a perfect line between silly, funny and heart-breaking.

75
Northern Transmissions

True fans will undoubtedly be in love with this latest record, as the brothers only ramp up their core personalities. It’s how this outlandish spirit is used however that can leave the album feeling like it’s going in too many directions at once.

75
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.

70
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.

70
Pitchfork

Listen to Go to School on a surface level, and you’ll get the tale of an adolescent chimp, raised by humans, who gets his dreams crushed and his heart broken before returning to nature in a symbolic blaze of freedom and destruction. Give the album your full attention, however, and you’ll hear two young musicians settling into their gifts as they challenge the rapidly expanding worldview they share.

70
AllMusic
Leaving no ridiculous tangent or exaggerated flourish unexplored, the result is a larger-than-life spectacle grown from strange but excellent songwriting.
70
FLOOD Magazine

Go to School is a testament to unbridled creative freedom—a concept album such as this one could easily take a turn for the bizarre, yet Brian and Michael are able to keep it witty and lighthearted.

60
NME

It’s charming and full of heart, but you’ll be grimacing all the way through it.

60
The Guardian

In some ways Go to School is an authentically, lovingly reproduced if rather pastiche period piece, but it’s hard not to admire the ambition and showmanship, or the breadth of influences – from glam to music hall to Stephen Sondheim to Oklahoma!

50
Loud and Quiet

For all their eccentricities, The Lemon Twigs are master magpies, so here it’s all obnoxious stage school vocals of the lead singing like a spider and over emoting. It’s bonkers song structures and big crescendos. But it’s all about a chimpanzee.

itsyahboinoah
62
Too damn long for its own good!!

P.s Im so glad they put out the track "Queen of my school" such a bop for me.
zachthesnack
84
I cant even begin to explain how incredibly jubilant I feel after listening to this!
kalle02
40
I found this album super annoying.
25
Incredibly derivative and annoying.
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#36/Uncut
/The Times

Track List

  1. Never in My Arms, Always in My Heart
  2. The Student Becomes the Teacher
  3. Rock Dreams
  4. The Lesson
  5. Small Victories
  6. Wonderin' Ways
  7. The Bully
  8. Lonely
  9. Queen of My School
  10. Never Know
  11. Born Wrong / Heart Song
  12. The Fire
  13. Home of a Heart (The Woods)
  14. This is My Tree
  15. If You Give Enough
  16. Go to School
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