In Our Gun
our score: 2.0 out of 5.0
naldrett - uk correspondent
You can see
the potential there, but somehow it never quite explodes to the
surface. It was the case with Bring It On in 1998, even
more so with Liquid Skin in 1999 and it's also the story
with In Our Gun, Gomez's latest audio offering.
three not-quite memorable albums to their name, you have to question
how many more Gomez have got in them. The five members of the
band got together in March of last year to start work creating
this set of thirteen songs, all written, performed and produced
by themselves. And Gomez (Ian Ball, Paul Blackburn, Tom Gray,
Ben Ottewell, Olle Peacock) are keeping themselves busy by embarking
on a UK tour throughout April.
But with In
Our Gun what they have created is a confused, makeshift album
that occupies a zombie land between the worlds of Indie, Funk,
Britpop and a handful of other genres. Their problem is that instead
of trailblazing a new sound and becoming noted for it, they want
to cling to each and every new direction they head off in and
In Our Gun ultimately suffers for its lack of individual
Shot," the new single, is indicative of the band's career
in that it shows hints of promise but the buds of spring never
bloom into the flowers of summer. It starts well, but soon loses
appeal and becomes just another song cluttering up the airwaves.
the musical equivalent of Sheffield Wednesday Football Club -
you know they should be better that they are but when it comes
down to it they are still going to be grouped together with others
dreaming of the big time. And so for "Shot Shot" also
see "Rex Kramer," "Even Song," "Army
Dub" and "Ballad of Nice and Easy".
In fact, see
all the 13 tracks on In Our Gun, one of the more trivial
album releases of the year.
liked In Our Gun...
2. Rex Kramer
3. Detroit Swing 66
4. In Our Gun
5. Even Song
6. Ruff Stuff
7. Sound of Sounds
8. Army Dub
9. Miles End
10. Ping One Down
11. 1000 Times
13. Ballad of Nice and Easy