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Go [With Bonus Track]

Vertical HorizonAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)

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Vertical Horizon was founded by Matt Scannell and Keith Kane in 1991, while both were attending Georgetown University. Initially a duo, Vertical Horizon, recorded and toured extensively throughout the Northeast. They released 3 albums independently, There and Back Again, Running on Ice, and Live Stages before signing with RCA in 1999. Their first major release, Everything You Want sold 2 ... Read more in Amazon's Vertical Horizon Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 28, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hybrid Recordings
  • ASIN: B0009RQSXC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,737 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. When You Cry
2. I'm Still Here
3. Forever
4. Better When You're Not Here
5. Goodbye Again
6. Echo
7. Sunshine
8. It's Over
9. One Of You
10. Won't Go Away
11. Inside
12. Underwater

Editorial Reviews

Coming off a multi-platinum album, a #1 single, and two straight years of global crossing, it’s understandable Vertical Horizon would name their new album "Go." After all, this is a band that never puts the brakes on the creative process. In fact, "Go" proves Vertical Horizon has emerged from the whirlwind of success more inspired and artistically keyed up than ever.

" With our last album [1999's "Everything You Want"], we still had some unanswered questions about what kind of band we wanted to be," says lead singer, guitarist and songwriter Matt Scannell. "We knew we were on a journey and wanted to keep developing. With this album, we're more certain than ever of our direction and identity."

Produced by John Shanks, "Go" is about leaving your mark in a world where every day brings on another attack of the clones. "Most of these songs have to do with taking steps," notes Matt. "Do the things you want to do, experience what you need to, both positive and negative. It's about living your life."

Given the course of events over the last year or so, the band could have called the album "Go, Already!" The members of Vertical Horizon were ready to rock months a"Go", but circumstances beyond their control delayed the release of "Go". Turned out to be a good thing, as the band went back into the studio to record a new song, "I'm Still Here." The track came out so well, it’s now the album’s premiere single.

Says Matt, "It just goes to show that even when you think you’re done with something, you should keep on working. The song is a statement about remaining strong, and the record is more balanced with the addition of that one song."

Like their earlier work, "Go" offers a sublime unity of thought and melody. "I'm fascinated by the ways people communicate and miscommunicate," says Matt. "The words we say aren't always the words we mean. As a writer, I like to explore the gray areas between the black and white." That’s the sentiment behind songs like the harmony-rich "Won’t Go Away" and "Echo," a bittersweet plea for individuality. Hammerhead guitar parts in tracks like "One of You" and "Sunshine" underscore a certain cynicism about love and resistance. Says Matt, "I don't much care for the sweet and bubbly. Music should reflect the world as we really see it, not necessarily the world we idealize."

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly effective re-release September 29, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I already own the original release of "Go", and when I heard that this re-release was cheap and had an additional track, I decided to pick it up. Now, after having listened all the way through it, I noticed there were more changes than just adding the extra track. The track order is different starting at the new cut, and the re-arranging has actually helped to make a more smooth musical experience. I always had felt with the original release that going from "Forever" to "Sunshine" was somewhat jarring and actually took me out of the flow of the album. Now this album has more of a shape, taking longer to build to the livelier parts, and that makes it more effective when it hits. It honestly improved my opinion of the album as a whole.

The question is, of course, whether or not the album is actually worth buying. If you already own the original release, you might have to be a little nutty (like me) to spend another ten dollars for a better track order and a single, though excellent, new track. But if you haven't picked it up yet and the track samples here please you, there really isn't any reason to hesitate. Yes, their sound has changed with Everything You Want and continues on through this re-release, but I believe both these albums are proof that the more obvious pop-y fluff can still have soul and meaningful musicality.

To address that issue of their drastic change in sound since There and Back Again, Running on Ice, and to some degree Live Stages, I've read that the band had actually wanted to take their sound to somewhere new from the folk-like sound they had through those albums. I think it's clear that Vertical Horizon is one of the later music groups that knows how to sound good without a lot of artificiality getting in the way.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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In a way, the cover of this re-release says it all. The broken prop implies (given the title of the CD) maybe not quite a go without a doubt speaking to the issues the CD had coming to light at RCA and the dumping of VH following its unsupported release (though I like to view it as an overall statement on life in general).

What is sad is that VH has now, at best, a cult following as Hybrid cannot market the band as it deserves. My first hope given that fact is that their new deal with Hybrid lasts and that they can continue to release music and my second is that they DO NOT change their sound (its a possibility given their acoustic beginning and the departure of Ed Toth) as I feel they are unique among rock bands Why?

This is a rock band with purpose: gifted in melody and blessed to have the writing and vocal talents of someone like Matt Scannell, but seemingly unable to break throught the din of lousy top forty crap roaring out of radios these days.

With regards to this re-release: if you think you should stick with the original release you have...DON'T. I thought that before I heard the bonus track. Better When You're Not Here is, in my opinion THE BEST track VH has ever recorded-it makes the album a 7 star when it was already a 5+ star release. The song represents the mixing of seemingly dissimilar elements that makes the band so special: the lyrics, simple but touching (and ambiguous enough to make you think) and yet the music simply ROCKS, I can crank this in my car and get down with it but at the same time there are intricate suddle aspects that make the song really special: a little acoustic guitar mixed in, and entrancing piano in the bridge and some haunting background vocals.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the wait... September 24, 2003
By J. Ross
Format:Audio CD
I, like many, have been waiting what seems like ages for another release from Vertical Horizon. This one is definitely everything you want!
Being a huge fan of Vertical Horizon, I bought this CD blindly. The only track I had heard a clip of was "Inside" off the Vertical Horizon website.
If you are at all a fan of Vertical Horizon's other titles, especially "Everything You Want" than this is a CD for you. The music style is very similar. I can honestly say that there isn't one bad song on this CD. It will be in my CD player for weeks.
A few surprises are "Forever" and "When You Cry". In my opinion, the best tracks on the CD. But they're all good. If you're a VH fan, don't pass this one up, and don't download the music either - do these boys a favor and purchase the album.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the Wait!! September 25, 2003
By Hubble
Format:Audio CD
I got hooked on Vertical Horizon in 1999 with their Everything You Want CD. After hearing that CD and went out and got their other albums too. If you love great harmony and songs that actually mean something, you'll love this new CD. It is so refreshing to buy a CD that has an entire album that is great instead of wasting your money for just a song or two. If you've never purchased a CD from these guys, this is one to get! Once you hear them, I'll bet money you'll buy the rest of their stuff--if you haven't already!!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Follow Up Album Four Years In The Making June 28, 2005
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Following the success of their 1999 release "Everything You Want", Vertical Horizon finally got back into the studio and released 2003's "Go." A solid follow up to their mega-release, "Go" is full of memorable tracks. The songs have a slightly more mellow and acoustic feel to them but the sound of Vertical Horizon is still quite recognizable.

"When You Cry" has a familiar sound and feel to it reminiscent of Greenwheel's single "Breathe" and is thus a great song. "I'm Still Here", the major single released from the album is also a great tune. "Forever" and "Echo" are two more impressive songs along with "Inside." Once again the album features a unique sounding song (such as "Everything You Want"'s "Shackled") in the closing track, "Underwater." If you close your eyes the song really does make you feel as if you are floating underwater!

Overall, the album is great but for newcomers to Vertical Horizon I feel that "Everything You Want" still represents a better introduction. If you're already a fan then you should wonder why you don't already have this album! Definitely a great addition to the VH library.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
This album may not have there best music on it but the songs are fantastic regardless. I highly reccomend to anyone who is into Vertical Horizon. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ely
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff
Vertical Horizon never fails to satisfy. This is one of their earlier albums and is a bit more folk/rock as opposed to their later work. Highly recommended.
Published 9 months ago by Jack G. Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything is just as I expected!
It comes with exclusive bonus-track and it very rare!
Music is soft and warm. Every track on this CD is great! Read more
Published 10 months ago by Eugene Wild
4.0 out of 5 stars Great artists
So sad we don't hear more from Vertical Horizon. Awesome CD. Great artistry. Great writing and worth the purchase. Buy it.
Published 14 months ago by J. Dercole
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this Album
Vertical Horizon has stood the test of time. They make great music Matt Scannell is great human being and songwriter and singer. I love the single 'Forever'. Read more
Published 15 months ago by W.C.
5.0 out of 5 stars "Best I Ever Heard"
I was absolutely blown away by the quality of this album. I am a big alternative fan, and listen to a lot regularly. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Austin O'Neil
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
I've always liked Vertical Horizon, but never owned any of their albums. This was a good one to start with!!
Published 21 months ago by NoVa ER LVT
5.0 out of 5 stars Go
Intelligently written music and lyrics, with moving ballads and some great "rock-out" songs as well. Read more
Published on July 9, 2012 by hoosiergrizz
5.0 out of 5 stars Love VH
These are one out of a few of my favorite bands! I got this CD a few weeks ago and as I got it, I quickly poped the CD into my computer and started to listen to the CD. Read more
Published on October 11, 2009 by Jason B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great followup to their "hit" album
This album lets me know just how fickle pop/rock radio can be. After their breakout album "Everything You Want" had multiple hits and was played constantly I didn't even know about... Read more
Published on August 27, 2009 by Joe Jabroni
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does anyone know which songs Neil Peart drummed on?
Neil does NOT drum on the vertical Horizon CD 'Go'. neil is friends with Matt from VH and they are working on a release later in 2007. I hear it is a Matt Scannell solo album separate from his vertical horizon stuff...can't wait!
Jan 11, 2007 by Mad Earwig |  See all 3 posts
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