Gomez: “A New Tide”
Gomez has always seemed wise beyond their years. Their debut album, Bring it On, received rave critical notices upon its 1998 release, not just for how great the music was, but for how incredibly advanced the band members all seemed; though the album was banged out in a garage by a bunch of upstart twentysomethings, it mixed a surprisingly assured musical sophistication with a set of influences—classic American country and blues, mostly—that really ought to have been decades outside of their grasp. And ever since then, the band has steadily been coming into its own with increasingly mature and complex albums, gradually softening their rough edges while deepening and enriching their sound.
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