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on 9 July 2004
It's postulated that once the Universe stops expanding, it will start contracting and that Time itself will start running backwards. Musically, this has already started to happen, with certain bands like Gomez, who continue to develop by rediscovering the richness of the past.
Since their debut in 1998, their main charm has been their laid-back 'retro' feel, very reassuring for those of us who don't want to leave the golden age of rock too far behind. Titles like "Detroit Swing 66" also help. This doesn't mean that their music is stale or predictable. Far from it as the aforesaid track demonstrates with its juicy mix of brass, funk, stonking blues and hip hop.
The self-produced English 5-piece make the kind of music that rewards repeated listening by building up complex aural textures from diverse elements with a firm grounding in blues/rock. For those reluctant to leave the heartland of rock but sick of playing their remastered CDs to death, Gomez represent a healthy way to recycle the musical Universe.
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on 8 March 2002
First impressions of this album weren't good however, I've listened to it a few times now and I'm starting to appreciate it. It lacks the delicacy and intricacy of the first two albums and 'Machismo EP'. Some of the lyrics are a bit clumsy as too are some of the vocals, not quite carrying off the "deliberately rough" sound. But, it has a fair bit of punch and style and very good use of synths, sometimes reminding me of the Beta Band. Its good but not as good as the old Gomez but then when a band sets such high standards for themselves what can you expect? If this album had been produced by a new band I would definitely rate it highly.
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on 25 March 2002
The beauty of Gomez is that they sound like - Gomez. This CD is worthy of the Mercury music prize if only they hadnt already released two albums of comparable quality. They make it sound easy to produce these beautiful hooks and riffs, so chilled out the album flows with absolute style. The hairs had only just stopped standing up on the back of my neck from watching them at Leeds festival 2000 and then they go and do it again.
I personally thank Gomez for existing.
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on 16 January 2003
As a huge gomez fan, i was bitterly disapointed by this album. In my opinion the factors making gomez great and musically interesting were their shuffling and creative drumming, experimentation, soothing harmonies with acoustic guitar and their ability to make albums that not only fitted together but sounded like they'd come out of another continent (mexico or the amreican south west). Unfortuantly all these pieces of the puzzle are totally missing from their new album. This lp has production coming out of its ears acompanying bland commercial "britpop" tunes. The only songs showing their former greatness come in the form of title track In Our Gun and two b-sides: folkshot and coltrane. Although im not opposed to electronic music, this gomez album deploys it in the Britney Spears sense rather than the Tortoise or Four Tet meaning. If youre new to gomez, whos knows you might like this, if you're a music lover though, for heavens' sake buy Bring It On or Liquid Skin.
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on 20 March 2002
Having looked forward to this for a long time now, this album is confirmation that Gomez has run its course. It lacks imagination, direction and, for all but two tracks at either side of the record, melody. Nowhere near Bring It On, Liquid Skin was a compromise, In Our Gun in my view should be the end.
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on 17 May 2002
Yes Yes Yes we all know Bring it on was brilliant (although it does seem that everyone feels obliged to say that as it won the Mercury Prize Oooo!) and Yes Yes Yes Liquid Skin in comparison wasn't (Although it wasn't that bad either). On Our Gun on the other hand is (this is going to be controversial) Gomez's best offering so far. From start to end it offers everything you would expect from one of the best bands in the country. Catchy, sexy, and just downright brilliant tunes, with the sublime title track being one of the best songs I have heard recently. Experimenting in all the right ways (take note Radiohead), it gives you the opportunity to listen to new, interesting and innovative music without the pretentious nonsense which taints many other bands nowadays (Not naming any names as it would be unfair to Radiohead). Please buy this album if not for yourselves for your children, and your children's children, so that in years to come when you are old and grey you can prove that back in the year 2002 good music still existed, because sadly quality like this is becoming very difficult to find.
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