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The Gin Blossoms sound has always centered on the urgent pleading heard in singer Robin Wilson’s voice. From the first bars of “Don’t Change for Me,” it’s apparent that “the voice” is going to suck in all listeners. The band’s jangle has always been timeless and it was perfect timing that snuck them to the top of the pop charts in the ‘90s. It was a great time for bands with solid songs and the Gin Blossoms have never wavered from that game plan. “I Don’t Want To Lose You Now” is an accomplished pop tune. The Rembrandts’ Danny Wilde takes an even more active role than on 2006’s Major Lodge Victory, becoming a virtual member of the band. He co-writes a handful of tunes, including the sassy “Miss Disarray,” the middle America highway rock of “Somewhere Tonight” and the flashy and pumped “I’m Ready.” Wilson’s tunes “Wave Bye Bye” and “Go Crybaby” ache with a yen for an earlier, happier time.

Customer Reviews

GB's and another great album

I have been waiting for this cd to come out for a long time. I saw these guys front row at SummerFest in Schaumburg, Il. and they were amazing. They played 4 of their newest, including Miss Disaray and Dead or Alive on the 405 and they were AWESOME. This is a great album that is new enough to not be repeating the glory of their past but familiar enough to still be classic GBs and make you remember why you loved this band in the past. Victory Lodge was awesome too, get it if you don't already have it but for me, this is probably the best album since New Miserable Experience.

Oh, and I'm pretty excited to be the first to write a review for this!!!!

-Goose in Chicago, Il.

Gin Blossoms- one of the most underated bands of the 90's 00's

sweetness to my ears

Soild, but not for everyone

If you haven't heard the Blossoms since New Misrable Experience (Hey Jealousy, Found out about you), you might be in for a bit of a suprise. While overall remaining ture to their 90's jingle pop sound, over the corse of Major lodge victory and now No chocolate cake, the Gin Blossoms have evolved into something of a "Big Star" light, with slower songs that are less lyricly driven tracks and rely on the background music to wash over the lyrics, which is a good thing on "Don't change for me," because if you listen too closely your head might explode. The other issue they suffer form now is that all their chords sound roughly the same. That's not to say it's all bad, but it just doesn't capture the same emonations as NME or even "Congratulations I'm sorry". If you've elvolved with the Blossoms durring all their albums, then No chocolate cake is exactly what you'd expect, but if you haven't followed them for a while, don't expect to be blown away like you might have been by their earlier meterial. Longtime fans will enjoy most of the tracks on No Choclate cake. For those returning to to the band, Miss disarray, wave bye bye, dead or alive on the 405 and something real, are a good bets. Aviod "don't change for me", I'm ready, and If you'll be mine (unless you're a Big star fan). If for some reason your new to the Gin Blossoms; for goodness sake hold off on this album and go buy New Misrable Experience and enjoy a classic. I'd recommend this album for mature Blossoms fans. Otherwise, check out Major Lodge victory and see if you like how they've evolved since their early meterial.


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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