A New Tide - Gomez
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  • Summary: The sixth album for the British indie-rock band was produced with Brian Deck.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. While the mostly mid-tempo, mostly acoustic continues the trajectory from college rock to radio-ready adult alternative, Gomez has yet to succumb to anything resembling blandness. The album’s best songs are its most experimental, which will continue to frustrate those who want these Southport boys to more frequently embrace the strange.
  2. Their latest, A New Tide, is their most accessible set yet.
  3. On the laidback, spaced-out strength of A New Tide, they’re still as pleasantly beguiling as they were 11 years ago.
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    Hints of "The Basement Tapes" glimmer through pieces like 'Win Park Slope' or 'Airstream Driver,' while John Martyn and Nick Drake ride again in the mystic folkery of 'Little Pieces.' [May 2009, p.86]
  5. It may be the weakest album in their catalog.
  6. Be that as it may, it is the band's recent failure to effectively collaborate, and for these 11 tracks to properly mesh, that has fostered the mediocrity inherent in A New Tide.
  7. The kinder, gentler, safe-for-consumption-by-sorority-girls version is fine, but it's merely entertaining where it used to be enchanting.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. RayB
    Apr 9, 2009
    I only ever vote when i hate an album or I love it. Love it gets a 10, hate it might get a dont care to a 1. This album is great. I play it all the time in the car and I play it loudly. Thank you GOMEZ. They are, in my opinion the new Beatles. I can't ever wait for a new album. The reviewer who rate this less than 9 are probably tone deaf and quite possibly insensitive. Only listen to Gomez if you like music. Otherwise, stick to watching football. Yes, I said the new Beatles. Every song is a hit, every song will be a classic, every song is an inspiration. Only the lyrics are uniformly great. Oh, I like the album. Expand
  2. AMDriver
    Apr 1, 2009
    It may not be the rocker their last release was, but if you like mid-tempo songwriting you'll enjoy it. Better than anticipated. Not sure why the critics didn't care for it. Expand
  3. mfields
    Apr 6, 2009
    I think it is important not to take one's sharing of musical tastes too seriously, especially when discussing them in a forum such as this. This is doubly true when writing about Gomez. This band has always been playful, and has retained a willingness to experiment, at times at the expense of linearity or popular tastes. This is their merit. I'm not sure why we must fault them for this on "A New Tide." Once you see them in concert, it becomes crystal clear that they are a terrific, powerful rock 'n roll band. This particluar album is softer, mellower and groovier most of their corpus, but it is still fun. The tide might be low-fi, but the moon that rules the waters is still Gomez. Expand
  4. OliverC
    Apr 11, 2009
    In response to "Not sure why the critics didn't care for it." by AM Driver, because they are exactly that. Critics. If they said anything good about the album they'd wouldn't be called critics. I don't get why we listen to critics in the first place. Aren't there people out there that do the opposite? Anyhow, this album is one hell of a grower! Being a huge fan of their frist 2 albums I wasn't initially over impressed by A New Tide upon first hearing but after the 2nd and 3rd time through I love it. It's by no means anything too close to Liquid Skin or Bring It On but it does have some fantastic original Gomez panache going on. If you've like any of Gomez' material, give it a listen, well, a few, it just gets better and better. Expand
  5. MeanMrMonkey
    Apr 18, 2009
    Their least interesting album. It is straightforward to the point of being bland in some spots. Seems destined for background music on network dramas. They are so much better than this. Expand
  6. sorenk
    Apr 17, 2009
    What happened? These guys used to be interesting. It sounds as if they've decided their drug of choice is a cocktail of prozac and valium with this latest offering. The only exception is Airstream Driver. The only way this album may be worth the money is as background music to help you fall asleep. Expand