Old Blues by Young Men,
This review is from: Bring It On (Audio CD)
This extraordinary album from 1998 is one the true classic debuts, and for that matter a modern classic in its own right. Bring It On sounds like it was created by five 70yr old world-weary bluesmen. It has maturity which is far beyond the years of Gomez' actual players - five guys from England barely out of their teens.
Managing to combine a dustbowl feel with a contemporary cityscape feel - songs like Whippin' Piccadilly and Get Myself Arrested paint a memorable picture of inner city life long before we had the Arctic Monkeys!
The real stand out track Tijuana Lady - which by their own admission has pretty nonsensical lyrics - just somehow drags you back to 'Old Mexico' even if the closest you've been to it is a Tapas bar.
Critically lauded and praised at the time of its release - Gomez started their career with what some might say is their finest hour. On this note i have to disagree - take a listen to How We Operate- or the stunning live set Out West [2 CD + DVD]. Gomez are here to stay.
Stick this CD on - and watch the tumbleweeds blow past your window and the desert sands blow up in to your eyes.