Review: Goo Goo Dolls – Name (Rock)

This review covers the alternative rock track Goo Goo Dolls – Name.

This track was released in 1995 on the album A Boy Named Goo.

The track starts with some guitars. A drum kit then comes in. The vocals then come in for a verse.

From there, the track picks up as the vocals take the track into the first round of the main chorus. There is a brief pause before the end. This is capped of with a short instrumental section.

After that, the vocals take the track into the next verse. Right after that, the vocals take the track into the next round of the main chorus. This is capped off with another instrumental section with a slightly extended vocal. After a bit, an extended instrumental section comes in. The track then drops out.

In the next section, the vocals pick the track back up with a tamed down shortened version of the main chorus. After that, the track breaks down and ends.

My first impression of this track is that there isn’t a whole lot that is overly exciting. While there is some interesting emotion underneath, a track with this style is generally a dime a dozen. As a result, this track is pressured to be unique in some way to stand out from other tracks. I’m not convinced it really gets there, but the positive is that it doesn’t slip into cliche’s. So, I’ll give it credit on that level.

At first, the guitars seem interesting. Unfortunately, after a while, the guitars end up sounding the same throughout the track. The only time things change with them is whenever the whole track drops out completely. So, I would have liked to have some more variety on this front.

Overall, I’m willing to call this a half decent track only because it doesn’t fall into the traps a lot of other tracks fall into with these types of themes. The guitars are lacking a bit in the variety department. There is some interesting emotion underneath the more dull aspects of this track and it doesn’t fall into the realm of cliche. So, this track barely scrapes by to be a half decent track, but it’s nothing huge.


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