Gutterflower

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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.
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."

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: 4/9/2002
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624820628
  • Catalog Number: 48206
  • Sales rank: 15,132

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Big Machine (3:10)
  2. 2 Think About Me (3:59)
  3. 3 Here Is Gone (3:58)
  4. 4 You Never Know (3:07)
  5. 5 What a Scene (4:27)
  6. 6 Up, Up, Up (2:58)
  7. 7 It's Over (3:35)
  8. 8 Sympathy (2:58)
  9. 9 What Do You Need? (3:49)
  10. 10 Smash (2:26)
  11. 11 Tucked Away (3:13)
  12. 12 Truth Is a Whisper (4:00)
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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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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Goo's do it again

    The Goo Goo Dolls did it again with this album. The songs are outstanding. Personally I Belive the best songs are Sympathy, Smash, Tucked Away, Think About Me, Here is Gone But overall all the songs are great. They do a good job of balancing out the number of songs Rzeznik and Takack get to sing. Not their best work but hey, how can you follow up the triple-platinum sucess of "Dizzy Up the Girl"?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Review #2

    I think the one who wrote the professional review second from the top must have been having a bad day at the time. When I first heard the CD I might have been inclined to agree, but once I really listened I realised how fantastic the disk really was. "It's Over" is probably my favourite, but I was mostly impressed by the generally FULL sound on all the tracks, even the slower ones. The reviewer probably has a bit more credibility than I do, but I am going to have to dissagree.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Buy This CD.Now.

    How can I explain the love I have for this band? There are no words. This band is the only band I like,I don't know why,I won't listen to anything else.Just the Goo Goo Dolls. People think I'm stupid,just liking one band,but everything else seems so cheap compared to them. No one will ever live up to John Rzeznik's voice. It's too deep and moving,unique,saucy,hard but sweet,warm but depressing. I would give them a billion stars if there was room.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Gaga over Gutterflower

    Gutterflower is one of the Goo's best records yet. What a Scene is an awesome song and very true to life. Big Machine is great to listen and sing along to also. Think about is pruely amazing. Here is Gone and Sympathy are absolutely some of Rzeznik's best. But you have to find out ablout It's Over, What do you need?, and Truth is a whisper for yourself. So go out there and get the cd or buy it online it only a few clicks away. I think Johnny's voice is at an all time high. This an awesome cd for the car or anywhere. so go get it. It's for all-time Goo Goo fans to newcomers, or anyone. The lyrics are amazing and true to life. so go get it now!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Their Best cd so far

    I love almost every song on this cd. I like the approach taken in this cd for the Goo Goo Dolls to return to their alternative roots.. My favorite songs on this cd include "Think About Me", "Sympathy", "Here is Gone", "It's Over", and "Tucked Away". Almost every song is excellent on this cd and this cd captures the Goo Goo Dolls true spirit.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Definitely a Work of Art

    This Goo Goo Doll CD is by far, I think, their best. The songs written have a way of making your emotions change. When depressed, Big Machine makes you happy, when edgy, What a Scene is a good song to listen to. All the songs have hidden edge and meanings that makes you think twice about the artists themselves. They truly are artists that use words to give people a sense of comfort or terror. Some songs totally rock while others are so honest that they scare you, but are nonetheless, great. Overall, this CD gave me a whole new point of view and I think it is truly a masterpiece.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What Happened?

    Besides Johnny's divorce from his wife, what else happened between 'Dizzy Up the Girl' and 'Gutterflower'? The Dolls have retained their sound, but have maybe lost some of the energy they had on 'Dizzy'? This album is good and enjoyable, but something is missing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An Excellent album!!!!!!

    This is one of the most impressive CD's to date. Not only is it by an excellent band with GREAT SONGS (Recommended: Here is Gone, Big Machine, Ya Never Know, and It's Over), but different as well. If there is 1 CD you're gonna get, this is the CD for you (especially if you're a Goo Goo Doll fan!!)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    About Time

    What can i say about this album? The first would have to be finally! I've waited three years for this CD ever since i bought "Dizzy Up the Girl" in 1999. So, when "Gutterflower was finally released I ran out and bought it. The CD is awesome!!! Though it doesn't have the same dark tone as "Dizzy" and there isn't really a ballad except for "Sympathy" which is sort of a ballad but soooo good. The first track "Big Machine is absolute awesome, you just gotta sing a-long and dance (unless your in your car, then i don't recommend dancing to much). The energy just never stops throughout the entire album. It's especially great for any commuters out there. I leave for school at six and this album is better then coffee to get you ready for your day.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great album as always!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Album

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Goos Rock!!!!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Presenting the #1 album of the millenium: Gutterflower!

    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''!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Utterly Good/Great!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Gutterflower-power

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome!!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mediocrity at its best

    I found this album to flat. There were no ups or downs from track to track. Overproduced mediocrity

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Goos do it again

    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!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    gutterflower thrives

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Most Excellent!

    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.

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