Review: Goo Goo Dolls – Iris (Rock)

This review covers the pop rock track Goo Goo Dolls – Iris.

This track was released in 1998 on the album Dizzy Up the Girl.

The track starts with some guitars. From there, the vocals come in along with a drum kit. Right after, the vocals take the track into the main chorus. A piano element also joins the track.

From there, the track falls back as the vocals go into another verse. This winds up being short as the vocals take the track back into the main chorus again. An instrumental section follows. A guitar solo follows after that.

After that, the track drops back and some string elements come in. Suddenly, the vocals take the track back into the main chorus again. This main chorus is extended with the last line repeating a couple times. From there, the track drops back and subtle guitars come in. These guitars lead the track out.

Personally, my first thought when I finished this track was, “erm, OK. I guess that happened.”

The most obvious problem I have with this track is that the lyrics are half unintelligible during the verses. With so little meaning in the main chorus, I couldn’t really get much meaning from this track.

As for the main chorus, it’s decent enough. With the verses seriously holding this track back, I find that it’s hard for me to really enjoy this one because the main chorus just flies past me before I really get a chance to even enjoy it.

Part way through, this track seemingly incorporates a false ending. Suddenly, with no warning, the main chorus just blasts away again. For me, that wound up being a rather jarring moment in the track. There’s no lead up or build up. It just goes, “blam, I’m here for almost no reason!”

Overall, I find myself with very little to work with to say it’s a decent track. The main chorus is the strongest part, but those moments wind up being rather fleeting. The false ending makes this track jarring, and the verses don’t do a whole lot. Instrumental sections are OK, but don’t really save this track in any way. As a result, this track barely scrapes by with a barely passable score.


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