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This album is a big change for the band but whats wrong with that? It is just as good and arguably better as their previous albums. As they say in their BBC interveiw "We just started playing music with more energy in it, and we found it more enjoyable".
I saw the boys live at the Carling Acadmey in Birmingham and they were AMAZING! I recommened to all!
The album starts off well, "Do One" being a jumpy-catchy opener which gets you rocking (I was singing along by the end of the song), and the next few tracks follow on likewise, especially the new single "Silence". It all gets rather rambling towards the middle of the album, as a few of the tracks lack a central theme (not unlike most of the tracks on Liquid Skin, which I've gone off a bit over time), but they bring it back with the excellent "Catch me up", which is one of the best songs I've heard in recent times- a quirky, kind of sweet song. It's only bettered on the album by "Chicken Out", which is a bit crazy, and a bit funny, like so many of their best tracks.
Unfortunately, it peters out towards the end, with the final track "There it was" being a well-intentioned sentimental crooner which isn't bad but ultimately isn't quite right- just like most of the album.
For those of you looking for the next Bring It On (like myself, I must admit), this isn't it. There's nothing to give it the epic moments of "Tijuana Lady" or "Free to Run" but I can forgive them that- times have changed, and so have Gomez. This is a catchy, sing-along piece of music with its own sense of greatness. Some of these tracks could revolutionise pop music, but hardly anyone will hear them. Such a shame.
Which is where Split the Difference comes in. Released with almost zero publicity and an anonynimity usually reserved for much less talented and well known bands. Gomez have produced and released an absolute classic of an album, without so much as a whisper being said about it.
Split the Difference combines the sheer brilliance of Liquid Skin and Bring it On, with the subtle simplicity of In Our Gun. Although there is no "Get Myself Arrested", "We Haven't Turned Around" or "Whippin Piccadilly" on this album, the sheer consistency of the tunes and general ambience of the album makes this arguably Gomez's best effort yet.
This is a must for any record collection. Give it a spin and you'll soon find yourself smiling and singing along to something totally different and something very, very refreshing!!!