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Gomez- Split the Difference
on 17 May 2004
The story continues...As a fairly fanatical Gomez fan, I've been looking forward to this new album with some anticipation. Was it worth the wait? Yes and no.
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.