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Superstar Car Wash [The Goo Goo Dolls]
The Goo Goo Dolls
1. Fallin' Down
2. Lucky Star
3. Cuz You're Gone
4. Don't Worry
5. Girl Right Next to Me
7. We Are the Normal
8. String of Lies
9. Another Second Time Around
10. Stop the World
11. Already There
12. On the Lie
13. Close Your Eyes
14. So Far Away
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 45206
Goo Goo Dolls: Johnny (guitar); Robby (bass); George (drums).
Recorded at Metalworks Recording Studios, Mississuaga, Ontario, Canada; Trackmaster Recording Studios, Buffalo, New York; and Master Control Studios, Burbank, California between August and October, 1992.
Personnel: Johnny Rzeznik (vocals, guitar); George Tutuska (drums).
Audio Mixer: Gavin MacKillop.
Photographers: Frank Luterek; Chris Kehoe; Marlene Rosenberg.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Mary Ramsey; Armand John Petri; Joe Rozler.
The hard rock rawness of Buffalo's Goo Goo Dolls makes Superstar Car Wash an album that is high on amicable guitar riffs and attractive hooks, with an edge that never goes away. All the choruses are sandwiched perfectly between the crunching throttle of electric guitar and pleasing rock rhythms, changing pace and style just a notch in each of the 14 songs. Heavy but far from pretentious, songs like "Fallin' Down," "Cuz You're Gone," and "We Are the Normal," co-written by Paul Westerberg, combine pleasing elements of rough harmonies with infectious runs of six-string grit. John Rzeznik's vocals resonate with a reckless, punk-soaked ardor that lifts their music above and beyond the norm of power pop. The attitude that surrounds the album makes the Goo Goo Dolls out to be a rough and tumble outfit, outlining all the tunes with a rebellious tone. Quite different from their platinum A Boy Named Goo album, which soun
ded smoother and refined, Superstar Carwash has the band sounding loose and freewheeling, making the best of any musical misdirection. Before radio adopted their polished glimmer, they let loose and channeled their playful immaturity throughout the attractive impurity of this album. ~ Mike DeGagne
Entertainment Weekly (2/12/93, p.57) - "...these guys dig that playing loud and fast doesn't mean you ain't a fool for love and that the best punks may be those who temper Sturm und Drang with melody and melancholy..." - Rating: A
Alternative Press (4/93, p.61) - "...the [Goo Goo Dolls] are progressing...even though they've smoothed out a bit, you can still get drunk and fall over to them..."
Musician (4/93, p.85) - "...like all great pop, the Goo Goos stand cliches on their head, while the magnetic hooks suck you in and make it all sound new again...marks a quantum leap over their thrash beginnings, a move akin to the Replacements breakthrough record LET IT BE..."
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