A New Tide

  • Record Label: ATO
  • Release Date: Mar 31, 2009
Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. Gomez ups the musical ante with A New Tide, a brilliant 11-song collection of lyrical jewels embellished by colorful and unusual textural arrangements that a dynamics-loving jazz band could admire.
  3. Their latest, A New Tide, is their most accessible set yet.
  4. Album-closer 'Sunset Gates' gives Ottewell the final word, one he shares with promenading stand-up bass, pulsing guitar counterpoints, and a climactic jam crescendo driven by Peacock’s eternal fills and blaring horns that sputter like wounded hawks plunging from the hardscrabble sky. And so ends another Gomez album, a very fine one.
  5. On the laidback, spaced-out strength of A New Tide, they’re still as pleasantly beguiling as they were 11 years ago.
  6. Recorded in Chicago and Charlottesville, Virginia, A New Tide cobbles together elements of those scenes, but it ultimately lacks identity; it strives for diversity at the cost of imagination and quality songwriting.
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. RayB
    Apr 9, 2009
    10
    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 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. Full Review »
  2. MeanMrMonkey
    Apr 18, 2009
    5
    Their least interesting album. It is straightforward to the point of being bland in some spots. Seems destined for background music on 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. Full Review »
  3. sorenk
    Apr 17, 2009
    3
    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 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. Full Review »