Whatever's on Your Mind

Whatever's on Your Mind

by Gomez
     
 

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Gomez has been a remarkably consistent band over the course of 15 years or so, managing to sound like no one but themselves even while their first several albums sounded quite different from each other. On the surface, it might appear that the wild experimentalism of their early days is gone, since Whatever's on Your Mind

Overview

Gomez has been a remarkably consistent band over the course of 15 years or so, managing to sound like no one but themselves even while their first several albums sounded quite different from each other. On the surface, it might appear that the wild experimentalism of their early days is gone, since Whatever's on Your Mind sounds of a piece with their two other ATO releases despite another different co-producer (Sam Farrar this time out). But a closer listen reveals that the experimentalism is still there, if perhaps a bit more refined. Just listen to the different drum treatments on the different songs, or the dub-like way the instruments drop in and out of the mix at times. Or how about the crazy breakdown in "The Place and the People"? And how the song moves from drum machine and buzzing electronics to solo piano and back? Or the nasty, fuzzed-out bass on "X-Rays"? And "Equalize" is just plain noisy (in a good way). The songs are split about as equally as possible between Ian, Tom, and Ben, with Ben's tunes featuring some nice strings. The first few tracks have some added horns, while harmonium and bass harmonica add some nice textures to "Just as Lost as You." Once again, this probably isn't an album that's going to bowl you over and set the world on fire; it's a grower. And it shows once again that Gomez know what they're going for and how to achieve it. It's that strong sense of identity and intimate knowledge of their craft that produce such solid, distinctive albums. The fact that they're also a powerhouse live act explains why this is a great band with such a dedicated following.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/21/2011
Label:
Ato Records
UPC:
0880882173326
catalogNumber:
217332
Rank:
233774

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gomez   Primary Artist
Oliver Kraus   Violin,Cello,Viola
Stuart Bogie   Clarinet,Flute,Saxophone,Bass Harmonica
Luke Steele   Vocals
Nadav Kahn   Hammer
Will Golden   Electric Guitar,Harmonium,Moog Bass
Sgro   Percussion
Stephanie Farrar   Vocals
Moa   Tuba,Drums

Technical Credits

Robin Evans   Engineer
Gomez   Composer,Producer
Sam Farrar   Arranger,Producer
Marc Allan   Management
Ben Ottewell   Arranger
Tom Gray   Arranger
Paul Blackburn   Arranger
Olly Peacock   Arranger
Ian Ball   Arranger
Jason Colton   Management
Luke Steele   Sound Effects
Will Golden   Composer,Engineer
Noah Passovoy   Engineer
Sean Freeman   Art Direction,Art Conception

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