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Gomez - Split The Difference

  by Benjamin Howarth

published: 10 / 4 / 2004

Gomez - Split The Difference
Label: Hut
Format: CD


After a slightly disappointing last album, Gomez make a enjoyable return to form with this, their fourth studio album, which finds them moving away from the Americana of the past and taking inspiration from their British indie roots

I’ve still not been able to fathom why Gomez have slipped off the music industry’s radar. I mean, sure, there are better bands out there that get even less attention but I thought when a really good band gets some deserved attention, people would try their damnedest to be sure that they stay in the spotlight. Alas, no, one slightly disappointing album – albeit one that still had plenty to offer – and no one cares anymore. Still, it didn’t stop me and hopefully many others making sure to get a copy of Gomez’s fourth album proper (in addition to the jubilant 'Machismo', a 5 track EP, and a good compilation of B-Sides and rarities, 'Abandoned Shopping Trolley Hotline'). 'Split The Difference' is a stronger album as a whole than their last effort,' In Our Gun'. That album had a few stormers but was let down by a little too much filler, and the band have clearly sought to address that here, making what seems like a conscious effort to make each track offer something different and significant. Gomez have always been an inventive, exploratory band and that remains the case. The Americana sound of the first two albums has been largely abandoned in favour of a sound closer to the British indie records they grew up on, but there is still room for a few surprises. If you are a fan of the band, then get this. Sadly, it doesn’t hit the heights of 'Bring It On', one of my all time favourite albums, but it is still packed with enjoyable moments from a band that always sounds like it is having a good time.

Track Listing:-
1 Do One
2 These 3 Sins
3 Silence
4 Me, You And Everybody
5 We Don't Know Where We're Going
6 Sweet Virginia
7 Catch Me Up
8 Where Ya Going?
9 Meet Me In The City
10 Chicken Out
11 Extra Special Guy
12 Nothing Is Wrong
13 There It Was

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