But here it is, 2006, and in the mail I received a new Gomez album. Skeptically, I pushed play and had it on in the background while doing stuff around the house. About five songs in, I realized that not only is the album not bad, but it is actually pretty good. No, not the same level as the first two albums, but a far cry from the last full length. Will it win over new fans? Who’s to say. Anyway, check it .
In the late 1990’s Gomez shot right out of the gate with two strong, self-assured albums back-to-back. Liquid Skin, the latter of the two, sounded so much like a continuation of their debut LP, Bring It On, the critics just had to harp (also see The Strokes Room On Fire). Personally, I have no problem with this phenomenon, be it Gomez, or any band…if it ain’t broke, shit, leave it alone, man.
Fast forward a couple of years and the band releases In Our Gun. This one doesn’t sound like the first two, and in this case, that is not necessarily a good thing. Critics take note. Not a bad album per se, but not strong all the way through like the first two. Next up: the band releases a forgettable odds and ends compilation. 2004: Gomez release Split The Difference — I buy it…and then re-sell it. I was done with the band, happy to have two solid records by them to enjoy should the mood strike.