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Album Review

When the Gin Blossoms returned from a long hiatus with 2006's Major Lodge Victory, they partnered up with the Rembrandts’ Danny Wilde, who wrote several of the album’s tracks. Wilde is back on board for No Chocolate Cake, this time in a more active role that finds him producing, co-writing, and playing on most of the album. That’s not meant to diminish the group’s own contributions, which retain much of the spunk from the Gin Blossoms’ mid-‘90s heyday. Robin Wilson’s voice is strong, and the songs have a familiar heartland hum to them, with Jessie Valenzuela and Scott Johnson filling each one with jangled guitar arpeggios and tasteful solos. These songs may not have the widespread recognition of "Hey Jealousy," but that’s not the point, since No Chocolate Cake sets its sights on maintaining the band’s audience rather than reclaiming a spot in the mainstream.

Customer Reviews

On the Origins and Development of the Gin Blossoms - A Popular Music Group from Tempe, Arizona

I hope they got a deal on the artwork! If you like their previous work it's likely you'll enjoy this record - catchy up-tempo pop songs. The production is a tad too slick for my tastes and the songwriting doesn't pack the emotional punch of their earlier work. "New
Miserable Experience" and "Congratulations (I'm Sorry)" were both commercial sounding records but they had a bit of grit to them. Hopefully their next record will sound a bit more like a live band rather than the multi-tracked perfection of this record and Major Lodge Victory. The Gin Blossoms are a really great band, I just know that they can do better than this.

The Blossoms are back!!

After taking a few years off and a dissapointing return with 2006 Major Lodge Victory No chocolate cake proves that the blossoms have what it takes to return to the top of the charts. Every song on the album is a stand out winner I've recommended this album to other fans of theirs. Welcome Back Boys your blend of rock and pop has surely been missed in a sea of clones.

As brilliant as the first two

New Miserable Experience and Congratulations (I'm sorry) established the Gin Blossoms as pop radio staples. Hit singles (Hey Jealousy, Found Out About You, Til I Hear It From You, etc) with frequent rotation to this day. After a long delay the eventual release of the highly anticipated Major Lodge Victory proved a disappointment. With the exception of the lead single Learning the Hard Way, the rest of MLV was not impressive and gave the impression the GB were past their prime. However, the band has proven all critics wrong with an excellent return to form. Although the melancholy has been reduced, the boys showcase incredible songwriting skills. Highly recommended for all fans and those who enjoy great pop rock songs.

Biography

Formed: 1987 in Tempe, AZ

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

By blending contemporary power pop with elements of the post-grunge era, Gin Blossoms briefly emerged as torchbearers of the lighter side of alternative rock. Bassist Bill Leen and guitarist Doug Hopkins formed the band in 1987 in Tempe, AZ, rounding out the initial lineup with vocalist Jesse Valenzuela, guitarist Richard Taylor, and drummer Chris McCann. The following year saw several personnel shifts as the band struggled to solidify -- McCann was replaced by Dan Henzerling (and, shortly thereafter,...
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