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When the Gin Blossoms returned from a long hiatus with 2006's Major Lodge Victory, they partnered up with the Rembrandts' Danny Wilde, who wrote several of the album's tracks. Wilde is back on board for No Chocolate Cake, this time in a more active role that finds him producing, co-writing, and playing on most of the album. That's not meant to diminish the group's own contributions, which retain much of the spunk from the Gin Blossoms' mid-'90s heyday. Robin Wilson's voice is strong, and the songs have a familiar heartland hum to them, with Jessie Valenzuela and Scott Johnson filling each one with jangled guitar arpeggios and tasteful solos. These songs may not have the widespread recognition of "Hey Jealousy," but that's not the point, since No Chocolate Cake sets its sights on maintaining the band's audience rather than reclaiming a spot in the mainstream.
Performance CreditsGin Blossoms Primary Artist
Danny Wilde Keyboards,Shaker
John Richardson Drums
Darryl Icard Bass
Jesse Valenzuela Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Bill Leen Bass
Robin Wilson Guitar,Tambourine,Vocals,Background Vocals
David Zeman Organ,Piano
Scotty Johnson Guitar,Piano,Background Vocals
Scotty Kusmirek Drums
Chase Duddy Drums
Technical CreditsDanny Wilde Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Craig Northey Composer
Jon Pines Engineer
Jesse Valenzuela Composer,Producer
Robin Wilson Composer,Producer
David Alan Kogut Art Direction
Scotty Johnson Composer,Producer
Brad Warren Composer
Brett Warren Composer
Matthew Moon Composer
Susan Sandberg Composer
Graham Colton Composer
Jamie Woolford Composer,Engineer
George Keller Engineer
Jon Weil Engineer
Robb Vallier Engineer,Drum Engineering