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Years of hardscrabble punk rock existence preceded the Goo Goo Dolls' ascent to mainstream success as heart-on-sleeve power balladeers, a past that still has a profound impact on their collective psyche -- and their way of putting together an album. Gutterflower, like 1998's Dizzy Up the Girl, is dominated by Johnny…  See more details below


Years of hardscrabble punk rock existence preceded the Goo Goo Dolls' ascent to mainstream success as heart-on-sleeve power balladeers, a past that still has a profound impact on their collective psyche -- and their way of putting together an album. Gutterflower, like 1998's Dizzy Up the Girl, is dominated by Johnny Rzeznik's vulnerable blue-collar paeans, notably the yearning "Here Is Gone" and the melancholy self-examination "Sympathy." But while there's little doubt that the trio know how to serve up their bread and butter, the Goos still slap on some hot mustard now and again, as on the careening "Up, Up, Up," one of a handful of tunes written and sung by bassist Robby Takac, and the dark closing track "Truth Is a Whisper," which exudes a sinister classic-rock vibe. Rzeznik sets himself apart from most purveyors of chart pop, however, by imparting a street-smart intellectualism, which can take the form of ragged frustration (the angst-laced "What a Scene") or heartfelt empathy ("What Do You Need?"). There's not a huge shift in tone from Dizzy Up the Girl -- the arrangements are a bit more subtle, the contrasts somewhat less sharp -- but Gutterflower has more than enough dusky charm to bring fans in close for a deep sniff.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Prior to "Name," nobody would ever have picked the Goo Goo Dolls to be stars. Not only were they saddled with a terrible name (there must be worse names in the history of rock, but outside of Dumpy's Rusty Nuts, I can't think of one off the top of my head), they were either seen as lovable ragtag group of ne'er-do-wells (by their fans) or shameless Replacements obsessives (by critics), and both rightly saw the group as simply too modest for the big time. But that modesty paid off, since it was the quality that gave their big hits ("Name" and "Iris") humility. Since they arrived in an era where singles could stay on the charts for a full year, if not more, and stay on the radio for even longer, these two hits gave the impression that the Dolls were bigger stars than they really were, even if they sold many, many copies of A Boy Named Goo and Dizzy Up the Girl. So, Gutterflower, their first album in four years, was treated with the utmost care, crafted and polished on the level of a superstar release -- thereby giving a glossy sheen to a record that, at its core, is another Goo Goo Dolls album. Yes, there may be some darker currents roiling underneath the surface in Johnny Rzeznik's lyrics, but when the production glistens like this, it takes some deliberate, intensive listening on the part of the audience in order to discern it. Ironically, that's the good thing about Gutterflower -- as it shifts from ballads to chugging, layered mid-tempo pop, with Rzeznik's Paul Westerberg being punctuated every few tracks by Robby Takac's Tommy Stinson (these comparisons, for better or worse, still hold up, well over a decade into the band's career), it all goes down easy, smoother than any other mainstream rock album this side of Matchbox 20. It's so expertly produced, so evenhanded in its sound, that even if the songs sound hooky as they're playing, they're hard to remember once the next starts. This, of course, isn't the same thing as the songs not being memorable, since repeated listens do reveal that both Rzeznik and Takac are in good form (they better be after a four-year lay-off), but the record is so slick, songs don't stand out, and the pain that fuels some of Rzeznik's post-divorce lyrics is dampened by the gloss. Now, the gloss is good and results in a very listenable record, but given the sentiment of the album, that's probably not what the Dolls had in mind when they made Gutterflower. Still, it has given them a good, professional rock record, one that sells their sound as if it was as the most commercial imaginable, resulting in one of their most consistent albums.
Rolling Stone - Anthony DeCurtis
1/2... "Gutterflower proves once again that [the Goo Goo Dolls] are masters at crafting instantly appealing pop songs."

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Product Details

Release Date:
Warner Bros / Wea


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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Goo Goo Dolls   Primary Artist
Johnny Rzeznik   Guitar,Vocals
Robby Takac   Bass,Vocals
Mike Malinin   Drums

Technical Credits

Goo Goo Dolls   Producer
Ken Allardyce   Engineer
Kim Bullard   Programming
Daniel Chase   Pro-Tools
Jimmy Hoyson   Engineer
Doug McKean   Programming,Pro-Tools
Allen Sides   Engineer
Robert Vosgien   Mastering
Rob Cavallo   Producer
Mick Haggerty   Art Direction
Steve Genewick   Engineer
Mike Fasano   Drum Technician
Brett Allen   Guitar Techician
Kevin Meeker   Engineer

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Gutterflower 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Goo Goo dolls have finally come out with their long awaited Gutterflower album. They have done it once again with the hit ''Here is Gone''.. These three talented guys are on their way to success again!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gutterflower is pure Goo Goo Dolls. It has the punk-pop from past albums like ''Boy Named Goo'', and is also filled with sing-along songs (like ''Big Machine my favorite, ''Sympathy'', and ''Think About Me'') like in ''Dizzy up the Girl''. I loved the album, and if you loved DUG, i think you'll love this one too. 100% worth the wait.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is hot. One of the things I love about it is that the Goo Goo Dolls don't flaunt their best songs in the very begining. As you listen, it only gets better. I was highly impressed by certain songs like ''It's Over'', with it's sultry mood mixed with the usual lamentful tone that the Goos are famous for, and by ''What Do You Need?'', with its hard core greatness of composition. As with other Goo Goo albums, falling in love with it was a gradual process, but a permanent one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great album! I can't stop playing it! It is more up-beat...a welcomed change especially these days. Songs I like: Big Machine, Here Is Gone, Up Up Up, Sympathy and It's Over. Go out and get it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one CD that sounds as good as the first time, everytime you listen to it! And John's voice has matured a lot. And when I'm not listening to it, I have one of the songs stuck in my head. Or several songs. No matter what kind of mood you're in, it fits. I love it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Goo Goo Dolls have come out with a really impressive album here. In my opinion I think it's better than ''Dizzy Up the Girl'' because the songs on ''Gutterflower'' are more rock.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Goo Goo Dolls have produced another winner. The songs are fresh and upbeat.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this album to flat. There were no ups or downs from track to track. Overproduced mediocrity
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've only listened to the samples of the songs and just judging from that the album seems a little bit flat. Don't get me wrong; there does seem to be some good songs on this album but there is something missing. The sound of this album seems to mirror that of their past albums, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that, but I was expecting to hear something a little bit fresher. With that said I am still going to buy the album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great Goo Goo Dolls album with classic Goo songs on it! My personal favorite is What a Scene. I love the whole album! I really recommend it to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the new album is amazing!! the way the mix hard core rock with mellow lyrics is soo unique even better than dizzy up the girl
Guest More than 1 year ago
Maybe I've just been waiting around for this for four years and completely sick of all other music, but I don't think that's the only reason why this album is so incredible to me. As usual, the Goos are honest, blunty so, just as they used to be in the past. John's voice is at peak performance for the most amazing lyrics to date. Just about every song is a punch in the stomach, and that's what the music industry needs. If you don't think so, just listen to ''What a Scene'' and ''Truth is a Whisper'' a few more times.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this CD so much. Ive been waiting for them to come out with another album for sooo long. Im glad its as good as I hoped it would be.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For those who missed the old Goo style of rock, this may be what you¿ve been looking for. This album pounds, from almost start to finish. This tempo of fast paced rock enjoys only a brief break during the middle of the album. Following the format of ''A Boy Named Goo,'' ''Sympathy,'' like ''Name,'' is the only easy going song on the whole album, and in three short minutes it's back to the gritty pace of before. By the time the closing notes of ''Truth Is a Whisper'' are fading out the only thing missing is another track. It feels all too short, here and gone before it even started. It leaves one wishing the wait between ''Gutterflower'' and the Goos next album didn't have to be so long, fortunately it¿s possible to set most CD players to loop an album over and over again. One gripe, what the heck is with judging an album when all you've heard are the samples? What dunderhead wrote that?!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fantastic, they seem to go from strength to strength. Every song gets better and then you have to go back and listen to them all over again. Very addictive. Very DUTG and a must for any Goo fan young, new or old.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Filled with the same musical sounds as their previous hit, the Goo Goo dolls are at it again with their newest CD, ''Gutterflower.'' While most of the sounds on this track sound simliar to their ealier CD, ''Dizzy up the Girl,'' you'll still be captivated by the catchy lyrics, the same type of lyrics that ultimately brought the Goo Goo Dolls stardom.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of the Goos, but am not completely sold on this one! Solid, yes. Incredible, nah!! Not even close. DUG spoiled me completely and the sheer explosive punch of ''Dizzy'', DUG's lead track, was enough to send me into Goo worship mode! ''What a Scene'' is a cool tune, in line with past hits, but breaking no new ground. ''Big Machine'' is very catchy, though it sounds more like Big Country than the Goos. ''Here is Gone'' is an immediate classic, but that's the last classic on this CD. I would praise this effort more by a lesser band...but for the Goos, this one has to be listed as a (yawning) underachievement!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the most awesome Goo Goo Dolls album ever!!!! It is worth every penny and soooo much more. A great mix of punk-rock and the best ballads around!! Big Machine, What a Scene, and What Do You Need showcase Johnny Rzeznik's amazing talent. Some great songs by Robbie too. Like I said, the best album on the face of the earth.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Simply amazing. Those are the words that describe this album perfectly. It is one of those albums that you can listen to over and over again without getting tired of it. It is raw, sweet, hard, nostalgic, sad, and (most of all) inspiring. As songwriters, these guys are among the best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a good/great album. The only negativity I have towards this album is that it is short! A little over a half an hour. Other than that it is extremely well written and played oh yeah and sung. What is good is that there are not any slow songs, even ''Sympathy'' is not that slow. My fave song is ''What a Scene'' I think that it is great because it is truthful. My screen name has saccharine in it and that is because of ''What a Scene'' when he is like-''Saccharine, Caffeine, Nicotine Gum, Oh it Tastes Sweet But it's not for long...'' Most of Robbie's songs I do not really like.But John's are great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I listen to this Cd every day, all the time. You gotta check out ''Big Machine'' and my most favorite song in the world: ''Here Is Gone''!
Guest More than 1 year ago
the goo goo dolls have done it once again. they show their incredible talent in this fresh new album, one that is quite different from the pop rock and ballad based album dizzy up the girl, but just as exciting. if you're considering buying this album, i urge to listen to big machine, here is gone, it's over, sympathy, and truth is a whisper. and even though i prefer johnny rzeznik's voice over robby takac's, robby's song smash is catchy and very upbeat, for some reason i like it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the Goo Goo Dolls and am going to see them tomorrow night. This is another great album by a great band. They never disappoint me! Johnny is so hot!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is not as good as dizzy up the girl, but still has a lot of the qualities that makes the Goo Goo Dolls such and awsome group!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is great , I would say the best album they have made. I have to be their biggest fan, I LOVE their music. I never can wait to see what they are up to next. And not to mention, Johnny Rzeznik is so Cute, very hot. I listen to the goos everyday. Their music has great meaning to it as well. You can see for yourself if you have ever heard their music.