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The Gin Blossoms were one of the more truly damned rock & roll bands to grace the pop charts in the 1990s. The group was founded and spiritually led by singer-guitarist Doug Hopkins, who also wrote the band's best songs; however, by the time New Miserable Experience marked the band's major-label debut in 1992, Hopkins had been kicked out (his bandmates had apparently tired of dealing with his alcoholism). Hopkins killed himself shortly thereafter, and the band later enjoyed the biggest hit of its career with "'Til I Hear It From You" (which, perversely, never appeared on a Gin Blossoms album, but only on the Empire Records soundtrack — and was written by outside writer Marshall Crenshaw to boot). The band dropped from sight not long after.

Released during the heyday of grunge music, New Miserable Experience remains the best and most representative document of the group's existence, a tight and lean collection of brilliant, edgy pop music that was markedly different from the bulk of 1992's modern rock albums. "Hey Jealousy" and "Until I Fall Away" are the two songs that leave the deepest impression — and, appropriately, both were successful singles — but the crunchy, jangled melodicism and lyrical desperation of "Hold Me Down" is similarly notable. Two dilettantish genre pieces — "Cajun Song" and a country weeper called "Cheatin'" (as in "you can't call it cheatin' 'cause she reminds me of you") — provide the program's two low points, but even those aren't completely without charm.

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Pure Genius

These guys rock! The genius of Gin Blossoms' core writing team at the time, lead singer Robin Wilson, guitarist Jesse Valenzuela, and late lead guitarist Doug Hopkins, is evident in the raw emotion conveyed in refined, pleasing ways. Overall, Gin Blossoms were one of the chief bands who shaped adult alternative's sound. This album is an essential. 1. Lost Horizons- Doug Hopkins' slightly depressing alt-rocker is really made wonderful by Robin Wilson's melancholy vocals. The riff is catchy as well. (10/10) 2. Hey Jealousy- Gin Blossoms' definitive hit; another one of Hopkins' songs. The guitars have just the right amount of crunch. This track also showcases Hopkins' soloing chops. You'll be singing and dancing along with this one in no time. (10/10) 3. Mrs. Rita- Jesse Valenzuela's (and Jim Swafford's) song about a local psychic in Tempe, Arizona. A decent mid-tempo rocker. (7/10) 4. Until I Fall Away- Robin Wilson and Jesse Valenzuela's sublime ballad. It is by far one of the most beautiful songs ever written. (10/10) 5. Hold Me Down- A mid-tempo song in Gin Blossoms' unique style. A little drawn-out, but still highly recommended. (8/10) 6. Cajun Song- One of the album's two weak points. A bit too out-of-genre, but catchy. 5/10 7. Hands Are Tied- One of Robin Wilson's few grittier vocals (the other being "Weeds" on Gin Blossoms' "Just South Of Nowhere" DVD, one of Gin Blossoms' best songs), and a great rock song. (9/10) 8. Found Out About You- This song can be properly appreciated now that it isn't being played 15 times a day by every radio station. Some excellent guitar and writing by Doug Hopkins, and one of Bill Leen's best baselines. The solo is a bit weak, however. (9/10) 9. Allison Road- The original major-label version of the song, not the strange remix. A great adult alternative song. (8/10) 10. 29- In my opinion, the second best song Jesse Valenzuela ever wrote (next to "Follow You Down"). This song sets a nice, melancholy mood with its great chord progression. (9/10) 11. Pieces of the Night- A sublime melody that will stick with you for a long time. The version with the piano ending from NME Deluxe Edition is more highly recommended, though. (9/10) 12. Cheatin'- The album's second out-of-genre weak point. Compare this to "Congratulations... I'm Sorry"'s "Memphis Time," and this song balks. Thankfully it isn't meant to be serious, although Jesse Valenzuela is a great singer. (4/10)

A Must-Own Pop/Rock Album

Forget lumping this album into a strictly "90's Best" playlist, "New Miserable Experience" is one finely crafted pop/rock album period. Though the band's popularity is short-lived, that's no excuse NOT to pick-up this album. Even the lowest points of the CD (probably only 1 or 2 tracks at most) aren't enough to detract from the overall picture. Great song writing, great hooks and melodies equals one truly great album.

hey jealousy

Hey Jealousy, need I say more. But I will...Until I Fall Away, Allsion Road, Found out about you, Cajun Song...the list keeps going. And their new Cd is dynamite too. Definitely, if you like Goo Goo Dolls, Counting Crows, Matt Perrone, John Mellencamp,'ll love Gin Blossoms and this CD. It's catchy and great to sing along with.


Fecha de formación: Tempe, AZ, 1987

Género: Rock

Años de actividad: '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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