Liquid Skin

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Barnes & Noble - Jon Wiederhorn
Gomez can't decide whether they'd rather be the Band, Santana, or Pavement, and that's what serves them so well. Rather than wear their influences on their sleeves -- like so many other English bands -- Gomez throw a bit of everything into the sonic morass. One minute they're vamping on an earthy guitar jam, and the next they're skittering into an angular art-rock rhythm. The results were sometimes disjointed on the band's first album, BRING IT ON, but Gomez mend the blemishes on their new album, LIQUID SKIN, and emerge with a disc that's as catchy as it is crafty. Songs like "We Haven't Turned Around" mine the same lush folk-rock waters as Chris Cornell's new "Can't ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Jon Wiederhorn
Gomez can't decide whether they'd rather be the Band, Santana, or Pavement, and that's what serves them so well. Rather than wear their influences on their sleeves -- like so many other English bands -- Gomez throw a bit of everything into the sonic morass. One minute they're vamping on an earthy guitar jam, and the next they're skittering into an angular art-rock rhythm. The results were sometimes disjointed on the band's first album, BRING IT ON, but Gomez mend the blemishes on their new album, LIQUID SKIN, and emerge with a disc that's as catchy as it is crafty. Songs like "We Haven't Turned Around" mine the same lush folk-rock waters as Chris Cornell's new "Can't Change Me" with a dash of the Auteurs thrown in for good measure, while "Hangover" and "Blue Moon Rising" ramble and sway like a drunken bohemian stumbling home after a bender. Things looked bleak for a while, but Gomez prove there are still plenty of adventurous musical paths out there to unearth.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
In the wake of Brit-pop's unraveling and the legitimization of prog rock by Radiohead and Spiritualized, Gomez was seen as the future of Brit-rock upon their debut. Bring It On was caught between those two poles: traditionalist on one hand, yet striving for a larger goal. Gomez's secondhand appropriations of American music, crossed with ambling arrangements and a hazy atmosphere indigenous to home recordings, won them a larger audience who expected the group's second album, Liquid Skin, to be a great breakthrough. They may be disappointed to find that it's not. Instead, Liquid Skin is a cleaner, more streamlined version of the debut; it's clear that the band made the move from the garage into a professional studio. In doing so, they wound up with a dead ringer for Pearl Jam's No Code, in which America's best traditionalist band of the '90s strove for a glorious, pan-ethnic mess and pretty much succeeded. Liquid Skin doesn't rival No Code, not just because Gomez isn't as passionate, but also because Pearl Jam didn't sound as self-conscious or predictable when they decided to stretch out. Throughout the record, Gomez betrays their age, playing music that they believe to be experimental or rootsy, but not quite going far enough in either direction. This was true of Bring It On as well, but the cleaner sound and improved focus brings these factors to the forefront. And, frankly, that's not such a bad thing, either. In this context, they might not seem as adventurous and, therefore, important, but they do bring back varying strands in interesting ways. They still seem to be trying too hard, and treading water in doing so. Still, Liquid Skin will satisfy fans of the first record, just as it will undoubtedly frustrate those who didn't get with them the first time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/13/1999
  • Label: Emi Europe Generic
  • UPC: 724384821821
  • Catalog Number: 8482182
  • Sales rank: 357,733

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hangover (3:27)
  2. 2 Revolutionary Kind (4:31)
  3. 3 Bring It On (4:10)
  4. 4 Blue Moon Rising (4:48)
  5. 5 Las Vegas Dealer (3:54)
  6. 6 We Haven't Turned Around (6:29)
  7. 7 Fill My Cup (4:38)
  8. 8 Rhythm & Blues Alibi (5:03)
  9. 9 Rosalita (4:04)
  10. 10 California (7:23)
  11. 11 Devil Will Ride (6:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gomez Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Stephen Fellows Guitar
Ken Nelson Guitar
Richard Page Vocals
Mojave 3 Vocals
Will Malone Conductor
Jack Tinker Piano
Appetite Percussion
David Bramham Vocals
Rob Charles Tenor Saxophone
Disco Ken Hand Clapping
Dajon Everett Percussion
Joey the Dog Vocals
Tony Looby Alto Saxophone
Samurais Guitar
Alton Towers Hand Clapping
Tony Robinson Trumpet, Valve Trombone
Ben Ottewell Group Member
Tom Gray Group Member
Paul Blackburn Group Member
Olly Peacock Group Member
Ian Ball Group Member
Matt Turner Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Dave Hadley Engineer
Ken Nelson Engineer
Richard Page Art Direction
Gomez Producer, Art Direction
Will Malone String Arrangements
Frank Arkwright Mastering
Paul Hicks Engineer
David Bramham Art Direction
Reggie Pedro Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    We Haven't Turned Around...Yet

    I absolutely fell in love with Gomez's song "We Haven't Turned Around" after watching Heat Wave, on Roswell. It was an amazing song, and the cd is amazing! the lyrics are deep, and the album is moody, perfect for confusing times. Its definetely worth buying!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Depth, mood, charm + yes, originality

    Very simply, they are, in my opinion, the best band in Britain at the moment. Their music not only has fantastic vocal melodies and harmonies, it's also backed up by intricate, layered and yet crisp bluesy-acoustic rhythms. Revolutionary kind, We Haven't Turned around, Rhythm and Blues Alibi, and Devil Will Ride are all brilliant. I defy anyone to say a word against Gomez (like the above reviewer) until after you've seen them live. Simply, they blew me away and all the aforementioned intricacies just filled the room (Enmore, Sydney) - 3 brilliant vocalists all of whom are excellent guitarists. After that gig, I went back home and listened again to Liquid Skin - it keeps growing on me. So what if it's not a radical change from the equally excellent Bring it On, but these guys arent't the revolutionary kind - sometimes originality isn't revolutionary, it's just about quality and class.

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