Gutterflower is the seventh studio album by the Goo Goo Dolls. It was published on CD on 2002-04-09 and and produced by Rob Cavallo and the band. The songs are mostly a mix of alternative rock with a more polished studio sound than previous albums and the themes are about commercialism, relationships, and self-reflection. The album is mostly Johnny Rzeznik's work and all the album's singles consist of his songs.
After Dizzy Up the Girl took over my CD player in the late 1990s, I was eager to hear more from the band. Unfortunately, I wasn't as impressed with their earlier albums, and I had little interest in the compilation album released as the band worked on this album. When Gutterflower finally was released, I was initially put off by the heavy studio polish put on the songs, but, after I listened to it for awhile, the songs begun to grow on me and this became my third favorite album by the band. However, years later, after learning that Johnny Rzeznik took money from his drummer and fired the other for wanting to take care of his newborn, the songs critical of commercialism and greed now sound less like criticism and more like projection.
I own this album on CD.
|01||Big Machine||Johnny Rzeznik||Johnny Rzeznik||5|
|02||Think About Me||Johnny Rzeznik||Johnny Rzeznik||8|
|03||Here Is Gone||Johnny Rzeznik||Johnny Rzeznik||1|
|04||You Never Know||Robby Takac||Robby Takac||10|
|05||What a Scene||Johnny Rzeznik||Johnny Rzeznik||2|
|06||Up, Up, Up||Robby Takac||Robby Takac||9|
|07||It's Over||Johnny Rzeznik||Johnny Rzeznik||6|
|08||Sympathy||Johnny Rzeznik||Johnny Rzeznik||3|
|09||What Do You Need?||Johnny Rzeznik||Johnny Rzeznik||4|
|10||Smash||Robby Takac||Robby Takac||12|
|11||Tucked Away||Robby Takac||Robby Takac||11|
|12||Truth Is a Whisper||Johnny Rzeznik||Johnny Rzeznik||7|
The album's total score is 337.