No. 2 – Goo Goo Dolls – Dizzy Up the Girl – 5/5
Approaching the number one spot is a band that could have easily topped it. In fact, when arranging the orders of these bands, it frequently did. Often criticised as another bad soft-rock band, rather than try to combat that they’ve revelled in it, and produced an album where deciding on the ‘best’ tracks becomes near impossible. Everything presented here shows a different side to the band, a different brand of emotion, a new tone or atmosphere, performed to perfection.
The guitars are anything but simple, producing relatively complex chord sequences riffs and solo’s, perfectly interspersed throughout the album so as to not detract from the emotional somersaults the vocalist produces. Often bordering on the progressive, with a constant ‘progression’ as each track explores the tones at their disposal, they work with the drums to produce an atmosphere thick and with a superb impact. This is a perfect display of a band where every member knows their instrument, and performs without overplaying, working cohesively to attain an end product.
The vocals too are no exception to this, often with an emotion only rivalled by that in ‘Bush’ but with a far greater diversity, from the depressive, frustrated and isolated tones in “Iris,” to the more upbeat and optimistic “January Friend,” and everywhere in between, the cleanly sung and powerful vocals are only enhanced by the lyrics. Thought provoking and inspirational lines such as “When everything’s made to be broken, I just want you to know who I am” (Iris) combine with the atmosphere to amplify the effect of the track.
This is a band overlooked as simply another angsty post-grunge band, when the truth is that they have produced a mature outlook on life, and have perfectly executed the emotional tones required for each track. Simply phenomenal, it never gets old, the emotions are performed to perfection, and the instrumentation puts most competition to shame. If you hadn’t already figured it out, this album comes with a VERY high recommendation.
Highlights: Slide, Amigone, Iris
By T Bawden