Boy Named Goo [20th Anniversary Edition]

A Boy Named Goo [20th Anniversary Edition]

by Goo Goo Dolls
     
 

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Produced by Lou Giordano with his trademark full-bodied, immediately accessible, but never washed-out sound, A Boy Named Goo finally got the band across to a wide audience, and deservedly so. Right from the start, the Goo Goo Dolls sound perfectly on the right track after Superstar Car Wash

Overview

Produced by Lou Giordano with his trademark full-bodied, immediately accessible, but never washed-out sound, A Boy Named Goo finally got the band across to a wide audience, and deservedly so. Right from the start, the Goo Goo Dolls sound perfectly on the right track after Superstar Car Wash's OK but ultimately go-nowhere feeling -- "Long Way Down" is another stone-cold classic of wounded romanticism wedded to catchy Cheap Trick-tinged punk-pop, Rzeznik's singing the not-so-secret weapon. Hearing him on the descending chorus, matching the just sad enough guitar crunch, makes one realize that there's always hope for full-bodied rock & roll. The eternal Replacements tag now makes less sense than ever -- the Goos have their own enjoyable sound, Rzeznik's a more individual singer than ever, and all three rock out accordingly. Takac similarly has his own sonic improvements, his formerly rasped high register now just a little more controlled but no less affecting, as winners like "Burnin' Up" and "Somethin' Bad" easily demonstrate. Rzeznik-sung highlights are equally everywhere -- the commercial but never stupid "Naked," with a great chorus and immediately radio-friendly music, the equally sharp "Only One," and the mighty fine "Ain't That Unusual." There's no question what the highlight is, though -- however untypical of the rest of the album's mid-range feedback fun, "Name," with its sweet but sad acoustic arrangement, made perfect sense as the Goos' long-delayed radio breakthrough. Rzeznik's empathetic vocal, delivering one of his best lyrics on favored subjects of friendship, loss, and fame, matches unfolky strumming and quiet energy, creating a song that feels like both a farewell to the American Dream and to a long-lost partner. All this without sounding a Bruce Springsteen sermon -- a rare thing indeed. [A 20th Anniversary Edition of A Boy Named Goo added seven bonus live tracks.]

Product Details

Release Date:
11/27/2015
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0093624925866
catalogNumber:
550748
Rank:
31199

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Goo Goo Dolls   Primary Artist
George Tutuska   Drums
John Harris   Guitar

Technical Credits

Peter Case   Composer
Goo Goo Dolls   Producer
Andrew Farriss   Composer
Lou Giordano   Producer,Engineer
Michael Hutchence   Composer
Kirk Pengilly   Composer
Armand John Petri   Arranger
Johnny Rzeznik   Composer
Jerry Finn   Engineer
Bob Cavallo   Producer
Kim Biggs   Art Direction
George Tutuska   Composer
Joey Alkes   Composer
Chris Fradkin   Composer
John Harris   Engineer
Alex Tenta   Layout
Garry Beers   Composer
Robert J. Guariglia   Composer
Michael Blood   Composer
Robert C. Takac   Composer
Peter Secrist   Composer
Vance Gellert   Cover Photo
Richard Jakimyszvn   Composer
Frederic Suchman   Composer
Joseph Bompczyk   Composer

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