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Dizzy Up the Girl
label: wea / warner bros.
our score: 3.0 out of 5.0
Goo Goo Dolls
are back, riding the wave of success. This album marks their
first album to be released after become music superstars.
The huge response to the song "Iris" on the City
of Angels soundtrack changed the band. They have left
their punk roots behind and have become the pop stars we all dream
Most of you,
if you knew of the band before "Iris", knew of them
from either "Name" (A Boy Named Goo) or "Long
Way Down" (A Boy Named Goo, Twister Soundtrack).
On their previous album, they were more of an alternative band,
whereas on their very early work they were a punk band.
I personally was a big fan of A Boy Named Goo. Their
original sound made them one of my favorite alternative bands
at the time. I was somewhat disappointed by the overplay
of certain songs by the radio, but the other tracks kept me happy.
has destroyed the band I used to like. Their new album is
a pop-fiesta. Almost all of the songs are meant to be radio
hits. The ones that will not be released on the radio are
the ones in which Robbie Takac is lead vocalist. So far,
every single has featured Rzeznik on vocals. The harder,
punker songs on the new album feature Takac, whereas the radio-friendly
tunes all feature Rzeznik. I personally am a bigger fan
of Rzeznik's voice, but I am disappointed by the overproduction
of the new tunes. All of the new material reminds me greatly
of Third Eye Blind, Matchbox 20, and other big-name "alternative"
bands. We can only have so many Irises, and this album has
overdone the formula. Goo Goo Dolls are no longer alternative
- they are now pop. This explains why this review falls
under pop. The songs are catchy - way to go. I enjoy
originality, not top 40.
liked Dizzy Up the Girl...
4. January Friend
5. Black Balloon
6. Bullet Proof
8. All Eyes On Me
9. Full Forever
10. Acoustic #3
12. Extra Pale
13. Hate This Place