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The first original album in more than three years from multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated superstars the Goo Goo Dolls, Gutterflower is the follow-up to 1998's massive hit Dizzy Up The Girl. With melodic pop hooks, powerful guitar-driven rock and glorious acoustic outings, Gutterflower is a triumpant mix of songs that build on and surpass the extraordinary accomplishments that precede it.

On the surface, the Goo Goo Dolls' Gutterflower is a seamless continuation of 1998's Dizzy Up the Girl, with sinewy guitars; muscular, anthemic choruses; and Johnny Rzeznik's perfectly articulated rasping vocals. But on closer listening, the Goos' eighth album is made of much sterner stuff. Those quixotic, yearning lyrics of yore have taken on a darker cast, no doubt due to Rzeznik's divorce. As a result, Gutterflower almost has the feel of a concept album about love gone wrong, with Rzeznik providing anxious commentary rife with images of dislocation and agitation. The listener is given barometric readings of the singer's bruised psyche as he attempts to put himself back together again. Luckily, Rzeznik is a clever and facile lyricist with a knack for elevating garden-variety neurosis into a rather compelling soap opera, sketching edgy characters that would feel right at home in David Lynch's world. "Swallow all your bitter pills, that's what makes you beautiful," he advises in "Big Machine," while in "Sympathy" Rzeznik appears to be apologizing to his former wife for his past transgressions, only to lash out with an elegant deftness, chastising her for "all these thoughts you stole from me." While he may have a face like an angel, Rzeznik unleashes a cunning and a fascinating brutish force not seen before, making this a much more interesting album than previous offerings. --Jaan Uhelszki

1. Big Machine
2. Think About Me
3. Here Is Gone
4. You Never Know
5. What A Scene
6. Up, Up, Up
7. It's Over
8. Sympathy
9. What Do You Need?
10. Smash
11. Tucked Away
12. Truth Is A Whisper

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 9, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • ASIN: B00005YW3I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (219 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,765 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Brad on July 1, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I don't understand all the "middle of the road" reviews on this album by people who loved "Dizzy Up The Girl". To me, this album is just as fantastic as any of their previous albums that I have heard (i.e., everything from 1993's "Superstar Carwash" forward). How can you go wrong with this stunning collection of songs?
The first three tracks on this album set the stage for the makings of a great modern melodic rock album. "Big Machine" gets the album off to a truly huge, catchy start--great mid-tempo melodic anthem. Then comes "Think About Me", a fantastic, acoustic-driven anthem that may remind melodic rock fans of late-90s Night Ranger. (To the rest of you: yes, there is such a thing as "late '90s Night Ranger".) "Here Is Gone" is the third track and first single--a pretty song that is nonetheless a bit more uptempo than, say, "Iris".
But then...the album changes. Robby Takac, takes over the lead vocals from John Rzeznik for a track and belts out a more modern-sounding, not-so-melodic tune in "You Never Know". A couple of tracks later, Robby again sings on "Up, Up, Up"--again in the more modern, punk direction. In the meantime, John sings on more modern-sounding songs like "What A Scene" and "It's Over" before finally settling in with a true acoustic ballad, the beautiful "Sympathy".
The final four tracks are split between John and Robby on the tracks. "What Do You Need" is a truly modern-sounding effort by John which nicely shows his lower vocal range and has a heavy, distorted electric guitar sound.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Meg on April 14, 2002
Format: Audio CD
First off--I'm a hardcore Goo Goo Dolls fan. It would be pretty difficult for them to create a piece of music I didn't like. But all bias aside, this is a GOOD album. Anyone who picks it up expecting to hear a second Dizzy Up The Girl will be sadly mistaken. This is better. (Be still, my heart.)
The GGD sound is here, alive and well, but even more polished. The driving rock abounds, and the lyrics are right on. Unlike the past few records, this one lacks a 'ballad', but it is not missed. These songs stick in your head. "Big Machine" is a driving melodious effort with great lyrics. "What A Scene" is a song for the times, and talks about the falacies of being a "pop sensation", while delivering an awesome sound. It is very unique, I cannot think of another one of their songs with a similiar sound. The only 'slow' song might be "Sympathy", a quieter song without drums, that almost borders on a country taste. On "It's Over", John's voice is barely recognizable, very deep and husky in the beginning (very cool), then the song glides into GGD melody...a brilliant song. And since people tend to overlook Robby's music, I have to make sure to say "Listen to his songs, too!" He is a great lyricist, and his songs have more of a punk flair to them, like in the old days.
You will not regret buying this album--you'll be proud that you do. Hardcore fans will appreciate the progress heard on this cd, and others will be introduced to a mature, rockin' sound. Enjoy.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nick Chambers on May 2, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Here we are again, 4 years on from the infinitely beautiful 'Dizzy Up The Girl', The Goo Goo Dolls offer up another melodic masterstroke. Unlike their last offering, 'Gutterflower' has a darker tone, with Johnny Reznik's personal lyrics hinting at a tortured soul. The songs are not depressing though, they are refreshing, energetic and easy to relate to, and amoungst the at times agressive, haunted lyrics, he cries, 'God its good to be alive.'
The album bursts into life with 'Big Machine', and the albums tone is set by the lyrics, 'i'm torn in pieces, i'm blind and waiting for you.' The song is a short sharp jab, but its dreamy feel is much like the opening of 'Dizzy Up The Girl' of 1998, with the opener, 'Dizzy'. Soon follows the upbeat ' Think About Me' and then the new single, 'Here Is Gone', armed with a huge chorus. Robby Takac offers 4 of his own punkier songs on this album, the first of which is the encoraging 'You Never Know', one of his best efforts to date. The shame is that the other 3 tracks happen to be hopelessly average, and thus uninspiring in comparison to the brilliance of Reznik's songs.
'What A Scene' comes 5th on the track list, another classic, with an agressive vibe in the verse, that turns to that of sympathy in the chorus. 'It's Over' is perhaps the best track of the album. It shows off Reznik's soulfull voice marvously,
the lyrics express confusion in the mist of emotion, a place many of us have been. Then comes 'Symapathy', a gorgeous acoustic track, followed by 'What Do You Need?' which is perhaps one of the heaviest Goo tracks of all time, which soars gloriously into a massive chorus.
Hidden at the end of the album is the final track, 'Truth Is A Wisper', the albums secret weapon.
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