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08:38 AM on 06/27/13
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Gregory Robson
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My own review (http://absolutepunk.net/showthread.php?t=3227891) for this just went up as well; some things in common (particularly about "More of You" and it being the best album since Gutterflower), but a couple of major disagreements:

- I think "Slow It Down" is one of the best songs on the album, except for that one chord in the chorus that sticks out like a sore thumb
- "Come to Me" is solid, but VERY far from being one of the best songs Rzeznik's written. Honestly, I could put 50+ songs ahead of it on that list
- How the heck is "Bringing on the Light" cerebral? It's the most straightforward rock song on the album, and the lyrics are pretty bland.
- Not sure how you can compare "Bulletproof Angel" to "Iris"; it sounds like a R&B ballad a la OneRepublic
- Definitely did not find Let Love In to be "rather impressive"; most of it was weak attempts to remake "Iris" and none of it had any staying power

As I said in my review, I think the band is headed back in the right direction, but they're still not there yet.
We can agree to disagree on "Slow it Down." I never said it was terrible, I just think of the first four, its number 4 to me. But every person hears stuff different, ya know?

I'm shocked you could put 50 songs ahead of "Come To Me." I think it is an absolute triumph, but to each their own, dude. Listen I'm just happy to find fellow GGD fans on this website.

When I called "Bringing on the Light" cerebral, I meant the verses. Robby always has a tone of cerebral in how he sings and how he projects his voice. I can't describe it well, but that's just my interpretation of his singing style and how he presents his words.

Bulletproof Angel is indeed a nod to OneRepublic, and that's a strong point that I probably should have presented. So I tip my hat to you. It's not nearly as sweeping or grand as "Iris," but I think it has some similarities. Just my takeaway.

When I call Let Love in impressive, I guess I'm comparing it against Something For The Rest Of Us, which I felt was very forgettable. There are only two or three songs on Let Love In, I can't stand. I actually really love that album and it reminds me of a really great time in my life, so it will always be super important to me.

Glad we agree on "More of You" and that this is the best album since Gutterflower.

As I said prior, I'm just happy to have a dialogue about GGD on this website. While they continually disappoint me in concert, their records are pretty important to me.
08:47 AM on 07/01/13
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Gregory Robson
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I agree that that's the direction their music went in, but I think LLI marked a turning point; it was the first time they officially co-wrote songs with the producer (which I think is huge, because it indicates a shift in the band's approach to creating the music), it was their first album to be totally dominated by ballads (and lame ones at that), and similarly it was the first time the production style pushed them towards pop rather than rock.

As for Robby, I basically listen to all GGD albums as if his songs weren't on there. I know what you mean about disrupting the flow, so I find it's better to just listen to their music as 8-10 song Rzeznik albums.



Yeah, it's awesome to see the band covered here and talk with people that really know their music. So often I find I can't talk about the band with people because they know nothing beyond the singles and don't understand the band's musical dynamic. And I see what you're saying about SFTROU; while I think it was a more interesting album overall, I would say that LLI was much catchier.

I'm surprised to hear you say they disappoint you in concert, because that seems to be the one area that most of their fans (from what I've heard) still think they're doing a great job. Is it the fact that they play mostly hits, or something else?
Well, here's the thing. It's a great live product because they are such good musicians and the songs are compelling. I love that they play all the hits (few bands do that these days) but there are times I wish I could hear something off the wall and unexpected.

Not only that, the songs themselves sound exactly like the record. There's very little, if any, improvisation. It's literally so predictable, EVERY single time. All of it just seems mechanical to me. I'm not saying I don't enjoy myself when I see them live, I do. I just don't think it's an amazing concert experience. Plenty I would put ahead of them.

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