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Congratulations I'm Sorry [LP]
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Vinyl, March 24, 2017
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Most observers wondered if the Gin Blossoms would be able to deliver a consistent second album after the departure (and subsequent suicide) of Doug Hopkins, their former guitarist who wrote "Hey Jealousy" and "Found Out About You," the two big hits from the band's debut. Congratulations...I'm Sorry proves that they can. The Gin Blossoms haven't backed away from the sound that made New Miserable Experience a hit. It's filled with chiming guitars, sweet melodies, and simple, catchy hooks, as well as a sturdy grasp of traditional pop/rock songwriting that results in a number of gems. Now on vinyl for the first time.
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However, years later without all the hype of that first album, you should take a step back and review "Congratualtions I'm Sorry" for what it is...not a follow-up to "New Miserable Experience" but an entity all its own.
It has some of the Blossoms greatest introspective songs and outstanding melodies. Even though this album has been discontinued by the manufacturer (another clue that this album and band has been disrespected by the men in suits), pick it up when you find it and judge for yourself. It's a shame that the Gin Blossoms were not more respected, but thank God for miracles. They have reunited and rock better then ever.
While it may not be as legendary as their previous effort, this album brings back the longing, the emotions, and the struggle of trying to find your place in this world. The catchy riffs, the harmonies and the unforgettable lyrics are on par for a Gin Blossoms release, but this one holds special meaning for me. Pick this album up, you won't regret it.
There's certainly none of the angst that defined Hopkins songs on NME. Congradulations is more of a mainstream album and, if it lacks the twists and turns of the first two albums best songs, it more than holds its own with the competition.
Follow You Down, their most successful single from the album, charted on six differing charts ranging in position from a lowest position of 22 on the Adult Contemporary chart to a high of #1 on, oddly enough Top 40 Adult Recurrents. Two other singles, Day Job and As Long As It Matters didn't fare nearly as well.
After the loss of their lead guitarist and song writer, Doug Hopkins, GB's sort of struggled to find their writing. They did get a sound that wasn't too bad. However, this would be their last "fresh" album. Like all blossoms and hangovers, time takes its toll.