A Boy Named Goo

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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/14/1995
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624575023
  • Catalog Number: 45750
  • Sales rank: 31,878

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Long Way Down (3:29)
  2. 2 Burnin' Up (2:29)
  3. 3 Naked (3:44)
  4. 4 Flat Top (4:30)
  5. 5 Impersonality (2:40)
  6. 6 Name (4:30)
  7. 7 Only One (3:18)
  8. 8 Somethin' Bad (2:31)
  9. 9 Ain't That Unusual (3:20)
  10. 10 So Long (2:33)
  11. 11 Eyes Wide Open (3:57)
  12. 12 Disconnected (3:01)
  13. 13 Slave Girl (2:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Goo Goo Dolls Primary Artist
Johnny Rzeznik Guitar
Robby Takac Bass
George Tutuska Drums
Technical Credits
Goo Goo Dolls Producer
Lou Giordano Producer, Engineer
Ted Jensen Mastering
Armand John Petri Assistant Arranger
Jerry Finn Engineer
Rob Caballo Producer
John Matousek Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What can be said that hasn't been said before

    This is the album that got GGD recognized. It's absolutely awesome. You have rock 'n roll mixed w/ punk. I has the infamous song 'Name', such a sweet melody w/ an added touch of rock in between.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great C.D.

    this cd really kicks! (im listening to it right now!) i stole the cd from my dad who thought the name was interesting. he did not like it too much and so i "borrowed" it with no intention to return. i didnt listen to it for a long time after i "borrowed" it from him and then one day on a long car ride, i didnt have anything else to listen to so i played it and fell in LOVE!!!! i did some research and bought their other cds too (they all rock on!) and they are one of my favorite bands now. i think my favorite song from this cd would have to be either long way down, naked, name, or eyes wide open. o and disconnected rocks too! anyways, the goo goo dolls rock and still kick butt. i love them!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good Stuff

    This is a very good album, but just not quite good enough to get 5 stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best Goo Goo Doll Album!!

    This album is a must for any collection. ABNG is the GGDs best album!! Lots of hard driving rock tunes mixed with the big hit

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    Posted November 29, 2008

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