Ego, Opinion, Art & Commerce

Ego, Opinion, Art & Commerce

by Goo Goo Dolls

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Overview

While a fair number of people only know the Goo Goo Dolls from the passel of sensitive-guy rock ballads they've lodged at the top of the charts in recent years, the Buffalo-bred trio has actually spent the better part of a decade and a half working out the kinks in its working-class rock tone. This wide-ranging collection, while not a "greatest hits" per se -- the absence of the ubiquitous "Iris" puts the kibosh on that notion -- most certainly qualifies as a "best of," seeing as it touches on the musical high points from the full spectrum of the Goos' evolution. Embryonic thrashers like "I'm Addicted" and "Up Yours" (which date back to the late '80s) reveal a streak of guttersnipe punk attitude that's never quite been washed away, while some of the blue-collar jangle-rockers reflect the influence of kindred spirits the Replacements -- most notably "We Are the Normal," which was co-written by that band's Paul Westerberg). But as the 22-song compilation rolls along, what really comes into focus is the trio's unique balance of soul-baring and house-rocking, which stems from the yin-yang combination of singer/guitarist John Rzeznik (the band's most public face) and bassist/singer Robbie Takac. The confluence of edgier tracks like "Flat Top" and more wistful tunes like "Name" and "Girl Right Next to Me" works because there's seldom an emotional or sonic segregation: Like most good things in life, the Goos' songs are deceptively nuanced but never complicated enough to make you give up trying to get inside.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/29/2001
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0093624794523
catalogNumber: 47945

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