The Gin Blossoms have a new album coming out on February
13, titled Congratulations I'm Sorry. It's been three and a half long
years since the release of their last album. The double platinum New
Miserable Experience came out in the summer of 1992. In an effort to
rationalize the nearly four years between albums, vocalist Robin Wilson
observes that "Everything that's happened in the last four years has helped to
make us a stronger band and stronger individuals." Hopefully they're even
stronger songwriters. This album was produced by John Hampton (he also produced
New Miserable Experience) at the infamous Ardent Studios in Memphis,
one-time home of Big Star. The twelve songs on the new disc are in the same
vein as the stuff on New Miserable Experience, songs like "Follow You
Down," "As Long As It Matters," "Day Job," "Virginia," and "Competition Smile."
("Till I Hear It From You" from the Empire Records soundtrack does not
appear on the record). But what about the songwriting? The two hits off the
last album--"Hey Jealousy," and "Found Out About You"--were written by
Hopkins, who committed suicide. Robin Wilson characterizes the new CD as "like
the band's name; it sounds pretty, but it represents something a bit darker."
Adding immodestly that "we seem to manage to write some really commercial songs
without having to try too hard, but it's also nice to put something in a song
that means something to people, or creates a little bit of mystery. Or at least
inspires a little bit of confusion." This from a man who counted a double UFO
sighting as one of the highlights of the recording process.