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Deep in the woods of Virginia, Gomez have conspired to make the most compelling, direct album of their 15 year career. The members reside across two continents (in Los Angeles, Brooklyn and Brighton, England) and after several months of sharing ideas through every facet of technology available to them, they came together with their longtime friend, Sam Farrar (Phantom Planet), to create their first self-produced offering since 2001 s In Our Gun. Their seventh studio album, Whatever s On Your Mind, will be released on ATO records on June 21, 2011.

1. Options
2. I Will Take You There
3. Whatever's on Your Mind
4. Just as Lost as You
5. The Place and the People
6. Our Goodbye
7. Song in My Heart
8. Equalize
9. That Wolf
10. X-Rays

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  • Audio CD (April 17, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ATO Records
  • ASIN: B004XD07KI
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,503 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rudolph Klapper on September 9, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Five musicians, four songwriters, three vocalists - one would think that over the course of nearly a decade and a half the differing creative pulls would have torn Gomez apart already. Yet Whatever's On Your Mind continues the trend that 2006's How We Operate started for a band remarkably consistent in its power-pop output: another great record, chock full of five-part harmonies and crunchy guitar melodies considerably brightened up by the band's trademark eclecticism. It's this willingness to play with different genres that has served the band well since they took home the Mercury Music Prize with their 1998 debut, but it's also experimentation that has been considerably softened over time as the group has turned more and more towards "forward-thinking" pop music that tends to occasionally veer towards Dave Matthews Band-inspired adult contemporary.

Gomez's continued growth, then, or lack thereof, is a bit disappointing for a band that once showed so much promise with a bastardized version of Britpop that culled its influences from everything from old delta blues to psychedelic folk to jam band noodling. The essential ingredients are all right there and kicking - Whatever's On Your Mind evenly splits up vocal duties between Ian Ball and Tom Gray's more soothing vox and Ben Ottewell's gravelly howl, and tracks like the complicated pop of "I Will Take You There" and groovy first single "Options" exemplify the best of what make Gomez such an exciting listen, albeit still a defiantly pop outfit.
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By Adam Laceky on November 30, 2012
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Still not as good as their first four albums, but a pleasant return to what made them so amazing back in the day. Honestly, I haven't given it many listens yet, but I remember being glad that it was a deviation from "Split The Difference" and "How We Operate," which, while better than 90% of the pop music today, were still pretty disappointing.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Loudon on September 22, 2011
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With the vocal work shared between the three key songwriters in Gomez, Ben Ottewell, Ian Ball and Tom Gray, listening to any of their records straight through can often be a bit disorienting. Latch on to the trademark vocals of any of the three and two songs later, it's easy to believe you somehow switched which band you're listening to.

On "Whatever's On Your Mind," Gomez offers more of the same, which is more variety than many bands offer in an entire career. Over the last fifteen years, Gomez has earned a large fan-base, especially overseas in their home country of England, thanks to an incredibly variable sound.

Ranging from blues to country roots while always keeping a foot firmly planted in popular rock, Gomez gives their audience a lot to digest, but the results are consistently enjoyable.

Opening with the first single, "Options," Gomez utilizes a driving acoustic guitar and drum partnership to get the band's seventh studio record started off with a bang. The vocals are more layered than many of Gomez's previous releases, but the chorus brings back the same feel-good tonality of previous hits like "See the World."

As "Whatever's On Your Mind" moves forward, it's clear Gomez was looking to provide their listeners with even more variety than usual. The sweetly sung "Our Goodbye," complete with a beautiful string arrangement, is followed by a significantly more rhythmic "Song in My Heart." Follow that with the distorted rumbles backing "Equalize" and the low electronic bass accompanying rare vocal effects on "That Wolf" and this is truly a new listening experience for everyone.

Quite possibly the biggest contributor to this ever expanding variety is the band's new writing process.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kevin L. Nenstiel TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 6, 2011
Format: Audio CD
I'm of two minds about this album: on the one hand, it's miles better than most of the bland, interchangeable pop getting released today. On the other hand, it doesn't live up to the high standards we've come to expect from Gomez. This band built its reputation on a smart, edgy blend of American blues and electronic Britpop. But this album feels safe and risk-averse. We expect better from Gomez.

The opening track, "Options," announces this album's safe road from the word GO, mimicking almost note-for-note the song "Notice," which opens the album "How We Operate." I liked that song, and there's nothing wrong with this one, apart from the lack of surprise or daring. But that's nothing beside the title track, larded with a string section that makes it sound like the love theme from an '80s romantic comedy.

These songs' anodyne familiarity signals the problem: listening to this album is like settling into comfy predictability. It resembles a Greatest Hits collection, in that it lets us rehears what we've liked most about Gomez in the past, without stretching the audience or the band. And, let me repeat, it's not bad. It beats any dozen randomly selected Top Forty albums. But I fell for Gomex because they aren't random.

This is a good album. But it breaks no new ground. "A New Tide" and "How We Operate" took my breath away by their combination of tradition and innovation. "Bring It On" and "Liquid Skin" sounded new and dangerous amid the largely benign Britpop mess of the late '90s. This just repeats Gomez's heyday. It's good enough, but I expect better. I'll probably play it occasionally, but not very often.
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