Thursday, December 30, 1999

Review - Liquid Skin

Artist: Gomez

Posted on Thu, Dec 30, 1999 at 4:00 AM

New from odd and quirky London five-piece Gomez is "Liquid Skin," a more refined follow-up to "Bring It On," their acclaimed debut. But get ready because when "Liquid Skin" rocks, it rolls and gets downright dirty in a bluesy, Hendrix way. Sometimes.

Usually the members of Gomez are off on some sonic or rhythmic tangent, jamming down into a vortex of streaming psychedelic guitar lines, country-rock rhythms, unexpected vocoders and programmed beats. Add in Gomez's de rigueur careful production experimentation, delightful harmonizing and ultrasolid songwriting skills, and these Brits won't let you down. In fact, the songs on "Liquid Skin" are uplifting in a paradoxically honest, melancholy way. Well-woven eclecticism is at the core of the Gomez experience. If Gomez were a map of premillennial music trends, it would be the trip and not the destination that matters.

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