The Boston quintet had a fine run with a '94 debut that included the hit "Here & Now" and a slot on the Melrose Place soundtrack. A sophomore slump followed. But there's life aplenty in zippy, Veruca Salt-like "Anchor" plu... more »s "I Got Time" and "Sparklegirl." If it's any help, singer Kay Hanley can be plotted on a grid between Cyndi Lauper and Gwen Stefani. --Jeff Bateman« less
The Boston quintet had a fine run with a '94 debut that included the hit "Here & Now" and a slot on the Melrose Place soundtrack. A sophomore slump followed. But there's life aplenty in zippy, Veruca Salt-like "Anchor" plus "I Got Time" and "Sparklegirl." If it's any help, singer Kay Hanley can be plotted on a grid between Cyndi Lauper and Gwen Stefani. --Jeff Bateman
juice | somewhere between point a and b | 05/28/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I, like many people first heard letters to cleo in 10 things, but i had heard of them before, just never got to listen to any of their music... anyways, i love their remake of i want you to want me, and got the cd, without hearing any of their songs on the record... what a great buy! allouette and me is definitely the songs that sticks out in my head the most, and then there is find you dead, which is just so great... kays voice is so emotional when she sings and i love her writings... the rest of the band just sounds great together also... this album has everything, little bit of punk, grunge, ska, pop, rock..."
Unfortunately, GOing to the bargain bin
S. Francis | Somerville, MA | 03/02/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Letters to Cleo gathered themselves after the disappointing sales and music of Wholesale Meats and Fish and released their best and possibly last album. While Kay Hanley's voice tends to be extremely inconsistent live, her mousy girly intones are in fine form here, and her songwriting has never been more intelligent or fulfilled. Except for the pedestrian "Co-Pilot," the rest of the album rocks memorably. My personal favorites are "I Got Time," "I'm a Fool," "Veda Very Shining," and best of all "Find You Dead." The first single, "Co-Pilot" was a bad call by some A&R man - I like the song, but it's way too choppy for radio and really misrepresented the continuity and fluidity of this CD. The simplistic "Alouette and Me" was my least favorite tune when I first bought the disc, but it has grown on me over time. Great music for driving, good moods, and parties - LTC goes down swinging with this one - it's recommended."
moondust | Southern Cali. | 10/18/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I first heard Letters To Cleo on the 10 Things.. sdtk, and I fell in love with them. This is the first CD of theirs that I bought, and I love it. I'm going to buy "sister" and "wholesale meats and fish" next. They are my new favorite band! This CD is awesome. BUY IT NOW!"
Upbeat alt-rock that keeps you dancing!
Kara Welch | USA | 05/05/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have been a fan of LTC since "Here & Now" came out (and became a single because it was on the Melrose Place soundtrack!) This is my second favorite LTC album, and they keep up the energy through almost the whole disc!
"I Got Time" is a perfect opener! It gives the album a fast start and the quirky lyrics set the stage for the rest of the album ("I've got the strength to move, but....why should I?") Other highlights include the swingy songs "Because of You", "Veda Very Shining", and "Sparklegirl". There are a couple of flat songs, such as "Alouette & Me" and the first single "Anchor". I would have released "Co-Pilot" as the first single for this album; it might have caught on a little better. Plus, it's my favorite song on the album! "Go!" is another great song that deserves to be the title track. It has an energy that doesn't quit and features some great organ work.
Go! is a great album, and fans of "10 Things I Hate About You" LTC and Kay's work in the film "Josie and the Pussycats" (yes, that is Kay as the singing voice of Josie) should give this a listen. You may find that there was so much more to them than just poppy hooks."