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New Miserable Experience [Deluxe Edition]

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Gin Blossoms 9/24/2002

Review

The Gin Blossoms were one of the more truly damned rock & roll bands to grace the pop charts in the early 1990s. The group was founded and spiritually led by singer-guitarist Doug Hopkins, who also wrote the band's best songs; by the time New Miserable Experience marked the band's major-label debut, however, Hopkins had been kicked out (his bandmates had apparently tired of dealing with his alcoholism). Hopkins killed himself shorly after the album's release, and the band subsequently enjoyed the biggest hit of its career with "'Til I Hear It From You" (which, perversely, never appeared on a Gin Blossoms album, but only on the Empire Records soundtrack). The band dropped from sight not long after. New Miserable Experience remains the best and most representative document of the group's existence, a tight and lean collection of brilliant, edgy pop music. "Hey Jealousy" and "Until I Fall Away" are the two songs that leave the deepest impression -- and, appropriately, both became major radio hits -- but the crunchy melodicism and lyrical desperation of "Hold Me Down" also leaves an impression. Two dilettantish genre pieces -- "Cajun Song" and a country weeper called "Cheatin'" (as in "you can't call it cheatin' 'cause she reminds me of you") -- provide the program's two low points, but even those aren't completely without charm. [Released in 2002, a deluxe edition of the album featured an entire disc of bonus material, including live tracks and songs from the band's 1991 EP.] ~ Rick Anderson
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Lost Horizons Gin Blossoms 3:18
  3. 2 Hey Jealousy Gin Blossoms 3:53
  4. 3 Mrs. Rita Gin Blossoms 4:24
  5. 4 Until I Fall Away Gin Blossoms 3:50
  6. 5 Hold Me Down Gin Blossoms 4:47
  7. 6 Cajun Song Gin Blossoms 2:54
  8. 7 Hands Are Tied Gin Blossoms 3:15
  9. 8 Found Out About You Gin Blossoms 3:52
  10. 9 Allison Road Gin Blossoms 3:16
  11. 10 29 Gin Blossoms 4:15
  12. 11 Pieces of the Night Gin Blossoms 4:31
  13. 12 Cheatin' Gin Blossoms 3:22
  14. 1 Something Wrong Gin Blossoms 2:36
  15. 2 Slave Dealer's Daughter Gin Blossoms 2:29
  16. 3 Fireworks Gin Blossoms 3:2
  17. 4 Keli Richards Gin Blossoms 3:0
  18. 5 Just South of Nowhere Gin Blossoms 3:23
  19. 6 Angels Tonight Gin Blossoms 3:29
  20. 7 Blue Eyes Bleeding [Previously Unreleased] Gin Blossoms 2:29
  21. 8 Soul Deep Gin Blossoms 3:2
  22. 9 Heart Away Gin Blossoms 2:19
  23. 10 Cold River Dick Gin Blossoms 1:13
  24. 11 Christine Irene Gin Blossoms 2:40
  25. 12 Number One [Previously Unreleased] Gin Blossoms 2:32
  26. 13 Idiot Summer Gin Blossoms 4:10
  27. 14 Back of a Car Gin Blossoms 2:40
  28. 15 Allison Road '94 [Remix]['94 remix] Gin Blossoms 3:18
  29. 16 Hold Me Down [Previously Unreleased] Gin Blossoms 4:44
  30. 17 Hey Jealousy [Previously Unreleased] Gin Blossoms 3:53
  31. 18 Mrs. Rita [Previously Unreleased] Gin Blossoms 4:8
  32. 19 29 [Previously Unreleased] Gin Blossoms 3:56
  33. 20 Movin' on Up [Previously Unreleased] Gin Blossoms 2:49
  34. 21 Folsom Prison Blues [Previously Unreleased] Gin Blossoms 3:5
  35. 22 Pieces of the Night [Alternate Version with Piano Ending][Previously Unreleased] Gin Blossoms 4:17

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