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Pop rock hit-makers, the Gin Blossoms, return with the release of their highly anticipated new album, NO CHOCOLATE CAKE, featuring the single, Miss Disarray. Known for creating indelibly melodic, Grammy-nominated Top Ten singles and Platinum-selling albums, Gin Blossoms - Robin Wilson, Jesse Valenzuela, Scott Johnson and Bill Leen, are back and in peak form. The eleven new tracks were written, produced and performed by the band with the help of John Richardson (drums) and Danny Wilde on keyboards and additional production (of The Rembrandts).

Four years after the critically acclaimed Major Lodge Victory, Gin Blossoms have put together a seamless musical confection. The band continues to benefit from an innate chemistry and inspiration, a dynamic that helped catapult songs such as Hey Jealousy, Found Out About You, Till I Hear From You and Follow You Down into the collective musical consciousness and helped define an era.

Says Wilson, There's just something about the way we play and sound together. It's those songs and the sound we make that add up to something indefinable.
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  • Audio CD (September 28, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 429 Records
  • ASIN: B003VL3UVQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By J. Acosta on September 27, 2010
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The record is simply awesome, I will never been able to understand why Gin Blossoms have not been a huge success past their 92-94 MTV peak. In my opinion, no fillers on this album (maybe just Dead or Alive on the 405 if we are too harsh). Classic yet somehow updated Gin Blossoms' formula of catchy melodies, superb interaction and complement between Jesse and Scott's guitars, resourceful bass lines by Bill, great drumming (despite being difficult to replace Phil) and, last but not least, Robin Wilson with his trademark vocals. A couple of tracks vaguely reminded me of the sound of another band I love (Toad the Wet Sprocket), without this being something bad (quite on the contrary). This is the kind of record you can leave on and casually realize you have listened to it entirely two or three times (e.g. road trip) without getting remotely bored. Congrats GBs, you outdid it! Catch a live performance if you can (I did in a casino/race track). It is beyond my comprehension why they don't get booked in more appealing types of venues while far less talented musicians are.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Hurricanespence on January 28, 2011
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Just as a quick fair notice - I am a huge Gin Blossoms fan. I felt they've been largely overlooked and had some really great songs (though not nearly enough if you asked me). I found this album recently and it wasn't a question of whether or not I would buy it, I'm a bit of a completionist in that regard.

That out of the way, I found myself feeling really dissapointed by this album. I don't think it's a bad album really, but I don't think it's very good either. It sure sounds like old-school Gin Blossoms, but it feels like Gin Blossoms without a heart. I felt the lyrics were very mild and missing that clever turn of phrase that I usually associate with GB. Not only that, I just didn't feel like anything on the album really struck me or jumped out. As I said, this doesn't make it a bad album, but I felt really apathetic about the whole experience. It was tough, because with Major Lodge Victory I felt they made an album that was uneven (some really good stuff, some pretty dull), and I was hoping this one was more even. Unfortunately, I think it's a bit too even.

I'm sure I'll find a song or two that I like alright over time, but all in all it was hard not to feel dissapointed here. When I think Gin Blossoms, I want catchy, poppy, clever tunes. I don't feel like they delivered here.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By VegasMikey on September 27, 2010
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All I know is this is not quite what I was expecting...It's better!

No Chocolate Cake has the same Gin Blossoms sound we all love, but with a completely modern feel. Catchy, melodic, guitar driven, singalongable, radio friendly music...that's what we've come to know from Gin Blossoms and NCC doesn't disappoint. The sound and feel of this mix and master is nothing short of perfect to fit on todays radio. The mix and master of NCC makes Gin Blossoms relevant again and that is exciting for all us fans. The quality and maturity in songwriting is completely superb to the last GB album, Major Lodge Victory. There are numerous songs on here that can be instant radio gems or become soundtrack hits like, Til I Hear it From You did in Empire Records. Yes, we all love Hey Jealousy and New Miserable Experience but this new album surely gives it a run for its money.
Being completely inspired by this band to pick up a guitar and become a musician 15 years ago all I can say is thank you guys and BRAVO! on No Chocolate Cake.

***Exceptional Tracks***

-I Don't Want to Lose You Now
-Don't Change For Me
-Wave Bye Bye
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By SpinmanDan on September 27, 2010
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While I loved the little publicized "Major Lodge Victory", "No Chocolate Cake" is the best effort by the Gins since their catchy jangly pop-rock hit the scene in the early 90's. If anything can get these guys back into the mainstream with a hit single it'll be off of this amazing grouping of fun and relevant tunes. "Don't Change for Me" sets the tone, "Miss Disarray" is a hit, but the rest hold their own as, I believe, the band's best body of work. Enjoy! Gin Blossoms are back!!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Cory T. Shaeffer on September 28, 2010
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The Gin Blossoms came back out of nowhere in 2006 with "Major Lodge Victory," their first studio album in a full ten years. That album featured upbeat rockers and midtempo ballads that deviated little from the sound of their early works; it was well-crafted alternative powerpop, the same sound that had catapulted the band into quadruple platinum status a decade earlier.

Now in 2010, they have returned with an even better album, "No Chocolate Cake." This album features the excellent single "Miss Disarray" as well as a few other standouts like "Don't Change For Me" and "Somewhere Tonight." These tracks have slightly of a more modern sound, as the bass is turned up a bit in the mix, while the choruses still retain the trademark sound but hit the listener with slightly more urgency. That's not to say the band sounds tense; if anything they sound relaxed and in a groove. But there is tighter production and performances on these songs - the band has never sounded better.

For people longing to return to this sound, this is a triumph of epic proportions. For the casual power-pop listener, this is a remarkable feat as well. Of the eleven tracks, none of them are bad, and this is the rare album (as was their 1993 blockbuster "New Miserable Experience") in which everything goes right. For any band to put out TWO great albums in a career is impressive. The fact that they have come a full generation apart (NME was recorded before Clinton took office, to put things in perspective) is more impressive still. As a fan of this band, I never thought they could accomplish this without Hopkins, let alone nearly two decades after their debut. This is a fine piece of work from a band that has proven they can survive and beat the odds - and it is a welcomed release in an era of music where there is so much dreck out there. Besides, it's just plain fun.
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