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Best British Band of the Last Five Years Run Out Of Ideas
on 25 March 2002
I remember purchasing "Bring It On" upon its release in 1998 and being amazed by the rough, bluesy music that leapt forth at me. The music was rootsy, tuneful, timeless.
Convinced that this was the most inventive British band of the 1990s I couldn't wait for their follow-up. In 1999 Gomez released "Liquid Skin" and it didn't disappoint. Through the mish-mash of blues and ballads, violins and vocoders, came something refreshing: These men were having fun with their music, keeping the listener guessing until the very end with trademark criss-cross musical hybrids and throwaway lyrics that were actually impossible to forget.
Now fast-forward two-and-a-half years to the present day and the recently released "In Our Gun".
It appears that in their absence from the charts, Gomez have taken a leave of absence from their senses.
This is an album short on blues, short on authenticity and short on ideas. To see a band once so in control of their brilliance suddenly mistake sound effects for tunes is quite frustrating.
Throughout the entire album, electronic drum-beats are used to kill off any hint of rhythm and tunes are cast out with such little feeling that you find yourself itching to skip them.
But you don't. You want to see if there is a silver-lining to the album, one "Gomez" moment that might just redeem it. Sadly, it never comes.
I sincerely hope that for their next album, Gomez bin the dodgy effects machine and listen to the two fantastic albums that made them such a sensation to begin with.
Bob Dylan once said that he doesn't listen to his old albums as he doesn't like to be influenced by himself.
In Gomez's case, though, it might not be such a bad idea.