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Goo Goo Dolls News & Info / Re: Thoughts, Concerns, Nightmares and Dreams
« Last post by Jdt827 on March 25, 2019, 11:20 AM »
I think you’re right, that’s the chorus so I think we’ll hear it throughout the song. What I think I’m hearing “I’m gonna be fearless, fearless” before cutting off. I and I agree the song will crescendo getting bigger and bigger with the choir. I am very curious what will come after that one line we hear. I will admit if it’s a full stanza of “I’m gonna be fearless, fearless” repeating 4 or 8 times like Flood from Boxes, that will be extremely disappointing. I’ve said in many discussions, Floods chorus is it’s Achilles Heel. The verses lead to a really crappy and repetitive chorus but the verses themselves are awesome. I hope that’s not the case with this new track but it’s highly likely as most modern pop songs are just repetitive one-liners for a chorus... ex. ALL Ellie Goulding songs lol. However, I’ll admit repetition can work really well depending on the song and melody.

I’m going to make a bold prediction and say they chose that song as a tease for a reason... 1st single and it’s called Fearless... just a guess. And if it were t for Taylor Swift having a relatively recent and well known album called fearless, I’d even speculate that’s the name of the new album. But that would be strange since TSwift has that album. I’ve never even heard it but it’s so well known. 
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I'm not sure if I would say that I LOVE most of the songs on Magnetic, but I completely agree that the production is the main problem - the songs are WAY better live. Even with better production, though, I can't really imagine that any of them would be up there among my top GGD songs, and lyrically, I think they've done a lot better on other records. But I still probably could have been a lot more into that album if it weren't so synthetic sounding. I know that's where a lot of current, popular radio music is going, but... that's why I don't listen to much current, popular radio music. ;p

I'm with you on the guitar riff from the new album clip! I also love the way it's mostly acoustic guitar for a bit, then everything drops out for a second before it all kind of comes back in full force. I feel like the impact of that is going to be awesome. The choir obviously creates a different kind of sound than we're used to hearing from them, but it does sound beautiful, and I'm really intrigued to see how it plays out once we get to hear the full song.

WAIT - I'm not musical, so excuse me if this is obvious (or is completely wrong or doesn't make sense), haha, but the vocals they're recording in the first ten seconds of the clip are actually for the part I just described toward the end of the clip where everything drops out and then comes back in, right? Like those "oooh"s are over the last bit of acoustic guitar and the beginning of the empty space where all the instruments have cut out, and then the "I'm gonna be" starts in the empty space before all the instruments come in on "fearless." That seems obvious to me now, but it just hit me after about a hundred listens, haha. (I know I'm way overanalyzing this 45-second clip, but it's all we've got for now, so what else can I do? :p)

Thanks for starting this thread! It's a fun discussion.
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Goo Goo Dolls News & Info / Re: Thoughts, Concerns, Nightmares and Dreams
« Last post by Jdt827 on March 24, 2019, 02:20 PM »
Thank you for responding! I wish the forum was more active haha. That clip honestly eliminated my concerns. That guitar riff was... well... Magentic... and that very small glimpse of the choir style backing vocals sounds beautiful. If a short clip like that has me this excited, I have s feeling we are in for a great album of perfect balance.

Speaking of Magnetic, I actually LOVE most of the songs. I just can’t stand the production. You can’t hesr the guitar in most of the songs. Rebel Beat is such s great song when it’s live or acoustic. But the rare times you can hear a little acoustic, it almost sounds muted or drowned out. And that’s really the whole album in my opinion. Great songs with big misfortune on the mixing.
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I agree with a lot of what you said here.

The You Should Be Happy EP is actually one of my favourite releases from them in a long time. I absolutely LOVE "Tattered Edge" and "Walk Away," but really the whole thing is solid. I feel like it captures the best aspects of all the things they do so well, from raw, acoustic beauty to the harder, rockier stuff. It feels like an evolution without losing any of the classic Goo Goo Dolls sound that I think makes them special.

Like you, I had a hard time getting into Magnetic. I love real instruments, and for me, Magnetic had way too much of the "highly electronic, overproduced computer music" you mentioned. I don't know anything about Sam Hollander beyond what you said here, and that DOES make me nervous, but Jordhunter's post made me feel a little better on that front, haha.

Boxes, in a couple of places, still has maybe a little more of the synthetic stuff than I'd ideally like, but I think it's a much better balance, and overall it's an album I really enjoy. Hopefully, Boxes and You Should Be Happy are an indication of where they're going - I would be up for that!

What did you think of the clip they posted yesterday? It wasn't long, but it was great to hear a little something, and I think it definitely sounds promising... need to hear more!
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The Brooklyn Botanical Garden has Robby Takac listed as performing in their Cherry Blossom Festival in April! Grab the details here—->>
https://www.bbg.org/visit/event/sakura_matsuri_2019#_ga=2.174973026.1746298456.1553295792-1821130981.1553295792

Tickets: https://www.showclix.com/event/bbg-sakura-matsuri-2019

“5:15–6 p.m.
DJ Sashimi & Robby Takac
Edo-era melodies meet tasty beats, featuring Goo Goo Dolls bassist Robby Takac on the Shamisen”
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Goo Goo Dolls News & Info / New Album Info?
« Last post by Jdt827 on March 21, 2019, 04:49 PM »
I'm just curious if anyone knows anything yet about the new album. Johnny sad it's being released sooner than expected (Late Spring Early Summer). Doesn't it make most sense to have something out before a big summer tour? Just seems it's coming down to the wire is all, it's certainly not about me being impatient... Just trying to make sense of this timeline. How has album releases (and single releases) worked historically in conjunction with an upcoming tour?
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Goo Goo Dolls News & Info / Re: just so you all know ...
« Last post by googoodollsforever on March 19, 2019, 10:18 PM »
Thanks Annie!
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Goo Goo Dolls News & Info / Re: just so you all know ...
« Last post by Jdt827 on March 19, 2019, 03:04 PM »
Thanks Annie! No big deal. Glad you guys got it under control. It was definitely getting crazy haha.
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Goo Goo Dolls News & Info / just so you all know ...
« Last post by Annie on March 19, 2019, 02:05 PM »
So the last few days we've been dealing with spambots here on the forums. Scott has been putting in a new captcha, and some questions, and even if you're a registered member, they will ask you to answer them the first 3 times you post after we enabled them. I know it's a pain, but it has REALLY helped. Please put up with it,  because it's just for a bit.

Also, looking wayyy forward, just know that later this year, probably in December, we are going to wipe the forum clean. This way we will have new, accurate info from everyone, new birthdays in so we can put them on twitter for you, etc.  And hopefully have a bit more fun on the message boards.

I know people say these are things of the past, that everything is Twitter, Instagram or FB now, but some of you still enjoy this, and I've seen some great conversations going on, so we'd like to keep it up for you, at least for now. :)

Annie
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