Goo Goo Dolls - Chaos In Bloom [LP] New 2023 studio release
Marking the first album of their career to be produced by frontman John Rzeznik, Chaos in Bloom finds the band at the top of their game and continuing to constantly evolve just as they have for nearly four decades together. Consisting of 10 tracks, Chaos in Bloom is an album of biting sarcasm, stadium-ready choruses, and the type of spear-sharp songwriting that's led them to becoming one of the most influential alternative rock groups of all time.
While Chaos in Bloom isn't necessarily an album borne out by the pandemic, many of the tracks reflect on all of the things in daily life that became amplified while everyone was isolated from one another and sequestered at home. "Chaos in Bloom reminded us how special this whole thing is and to cherish the relationships that we have together," says Rzeznik about the album. "Where we've been, and where we're going."
Oscillating from personal reflections on the state of the world to societal commentaries, the songs on the album grapple with observations about our dystopian modernity while searching for optimism and pushing for a more empathetic world. "I've been trying to have a relationship with the bigger picture," adds bassist and songwriter Robby Takac, "and refining happiness and what it means from that perspective."
To record the album, Rzeznik and Takac retreated to Dreamland Studios just outside Woodstock, New York during the pandemic. An environment as remote as it is rich with historic rock music roots, the location proved to be the perfect setting for clearing the noise and creating such a record, which carries a true live quality that the band captured by blending vintage instruments and gear with new-age recording processes and techniques.
...where most lockdown albums linger in slow, quiet territory, Goo Goo Dolls ultimately rally with melodic, fist-pumping rock intended to empower as much as entertain. If, apart from the occasional slick synthesized gloss, Chaos in Bloom doesn't sound markedly different than other Goo Goo Dolls albums, give the band - and especially producer Rzeznik - credit for this: over 30 years into their career, they know what works for them and what doesn't, so they showcase their attributes to their best effect on this tight, lean record.
- Vinyl LP
- Yeah, I Like You
- Save Me from Myself
- Let the Sun
- Loving Life
- Going Crazy
- Day After Day
- Past Mistakes
- You Are the Answer