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Album Review

The boys in Gordon describe themselves as "psychedelic hip-hop pop/rock mixed into a sonic assault," which is accurate although they neglect to mention they're melodic, and generally cross-generational as well. Here, on their first, self-titled record, Gordon's effective grab-bag aesthetic is defined by the collective talents of earlier renegade LA bands. Dive Styler, Shining Path, Dashboard Prophets and the Freewheelers. Some of the best moments on the album reflect thoughtful and attentive songwriting efforts, especially on the part of guitarist Jeff Phillips and guitarist/vocalist Chris Dye who press for powerful rhythm at all costs through the rock scorchers. The lyrics, for those of us who still like to listen to such things in a day and age when it may be regrettable to do so, are surprising and wickedly fresh, particularly the the signature opener, "Fortified Grapes," "Grapes/fortified from a lemon tree/taste better/than animosity." A message for the masses that sells — club lore has it that producer, wunderkind Brendan O'Brien (Pearl Jam, Rage Against the Machine, Stone Temple Pilots), signed Gordon to his hip new label, Fifty-Seven Music, before the band had ever performed a live show. No problem, comfortably bass-heavy tunes like "Better Daze," "Tickets to Freedom," "Glow" and "Mr. Cornucopia" work as well live as on Memorex. A respectable showing for a band that easily lives up to its hometown bravura.

Customer Reviews

Sleeper pop album, great from beginning to end.

Gordon's only album released in the late 1990's to little fanfare but is actually a very solid rock/pop alsum produced by the legendary Brendan O'Brien (of Pearl Jam fame). I believe Fortified Grapes was featured on a couple of lesser known soundtracks and was really the album's only radio song. Better Daze has a great down tempo with an infectious chorus. In fact, most of the songs on this album are quite catchy and will make you hum them after listening. It's a worthy purchase!

Great record



Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s

None of the five guys in LA-based Gordon are named Gordon, or Flash, or even Lightfoot. But they do relate to "guys who kind of operate outside of society's predictable standards — "Gordons," as they say. They're definitely operating outside of the music industry's unpredictable standards, however. The band, who describes their style as "moody, psychedelic hop rock," signed with Sony's Fifty-Seven/550 Music label less than three years out of the chute, after having played out on stage exactly...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music
  • Released: 1998

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