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Liquid Skin

Artist: Gomez

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Label: Virgin
Album: Liquid Skin
# Song Title   Time
1)    Hangover
2)    Revolutionary Kind
3)    Bring It On
4)    Blue Moon Rising
5)    Vegas Dealer, Las
6)    We Haven't Turned Around
7)    Fill My Cup
8)    Rhythm & Blues Alibi
9)    Rosalita
10)    California
11)    Devil Will Ride

Performer Notes
  • Gomez: Ian Ball, Paul Blackburn, Tom Gray, Ben Ottewell, Olly Peacock.
  • Additional personnel: Matt Turner (vocals, guitar); Ken Nelson & The Samurais, Steve Fellows (guitar); Tony Looby (alto saxophone); Rob Charles (tenor saxophone); Tony Robinson (trumpet, trombone); Jack Tinker (piano); Dajon Everett & The Appetite (percussion); Mojave 3, Ward, Krishnadassan, Bramham, Page, Joey The Dog (background vocals).
  • Engineers: Ken Nelson, Dae Hadley, Paul Hicks.
  • Recorded at Parr Street Studios, Liverpool, England; Abbey Road Studios, The Strongroom, & Blackwind Studios, London, England.
  • Personnel: Matt Turner (vocals, guitar); David Bramham, Joey the Dog, Mojave 3, Richard Page (vocals); Samurais, Stephen Fellows, Ken Nelson (guitar); Tony Looby (alto saxophone); Rob Charles (tenor saxophone); Tony Robinson (trumpet, valve trombone); Jack Tinker (piano); Disco Ken, Alton Towers (hand claps); Appetite, Dajon Everett (percussion).
  • Recording information: Abby Road London; Blackwing London; Haremere Hall East Sussex And L; Parr Street Studios Liverpool; Strongroom London.
  • Gomez successfully combines the old with the new. On LIQUID SKIN the band mixes touches of '60s psychedelia and hippie folk-rock with a gritty, angular, post-grunge alt-rock sensibility. Acoustic instruments abound, buoyed by rootsy-sounding organ and the occasional electric guitar rave-up. At times, the songs employ funky rhythms that could only have been born in the wake of hip-hop and electronica, but the lack of electronics and programmed rhythms makes them feel entirely organic. Gomez is more about songs than jams, but there is a sense of kinship to the expansive neo-stoner rock of groups like Phish and Blues Traveler. Unlike those outfits, though, Gomez retains a very British feel, whether the eclectic arrangements on LIQUID SKIN lean toward the orchestral or the pastoral.

Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (10/14/99, p.125) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...[a] deceptively casual vibe that hangs like humidity....The studio shadow play complements the core sound....Gomez's boho blues don't just shamble. They walk the walk."

Spin (11/99, pp.191-2) - 8 out of 10 - "...a more confident continuation of [their debut BRING IT ON]....The Brit quintet continue to cross-stitch eclectic Americana with fibrilating electronica, dealing brief histories of black pop one moment, the best rehab rock ever the next..."

Entertainment Weekly (9/24/99, p.146) - "...Simultaneously trippy and earthy songs...are shot through with a timeless, folksy impressionism. Better yet, all this tough-and-tender beauty comes complete with melodies and hookss." - Rating: A

Q (1/00, p.85) - Included in Q Magazine's "50 Best Albums of 1999."

Q (10/99, pp.112-3) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...more focused and, ultimately, better....pushes them towards a sort of semi-greatness....It shouldn't fit together (no Gomez song should in theory) but it does..."

Alternative Press (11/99, pp.100-2) - 3 out of 5 - "...effectively communicate with a redundant artform and, ironically, it will win hearts and will be perceived as a new, vital force....a fabulous album..."

Magnet (1-2/00, p.71) - "...[It's] best songs are built to last in a classic-rock kind of way....LIQUID SKIN is the sound of a new kind of urbanized, ultramodern blues..."

CMJ (1/10/00, pp.4-5) - Ranked #13 in CMJ's "Top 30 Editorial Picks [for 1999] - "...a soulful and free-spirited group...evoking the timeless melodic and instrumental sensibilities of their blues, rock and folk forebears, while retaining their own organic musical identity."

Mojo (Publisher) (1/00, p.31) - Ranked #24 in Mojo Magazine's "Best of 1999."

Mojo (Publisher) (10/99, p.98) - "...the hidden strength of its tunes, the subtlety of its arrangements and the eloquence of its lyrics will eventually pull you's obvious that Gomez have matured with unexpected speed..."

NME (Magazine) (3/23/02, p.36) - 7 out of 10 - "...Make no mistake - LIQUID SKIN is a good album..."

Format:CD (0 Disc); Stereo
Studio/Live: Studio
Release Date:13 September, 1999
Guest Artist: Mojave 3

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Liquid Skin’ is a decent follow up album to ‘Bring it On’. In some sense it is a better album as the production is better; this album has a lot cleaner sound, and the quality is more constant. However perhaps due to the pressures of a follow up, this album is not very experimental and doesn’t push many boundaries. There are however some very good songs on here; “Revolutionary Kind”, “We Haven’t Turned Around” and “Rosalita” being some of these. What I am trying to say, is that this album is good but just doesn’t progress from ‘Bring it On”

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