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Outside Looking In: The Best of the Gin Blossoms

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The Gin Blossoms 10/19/1999

Review

In December 1997, the Gin Blossoms announced their breakup, and the lines of communication were severed so severely that the band didn't realize their former label was assembling a hits collection, Outside Looking In: The Best Of. The album may not have been compiled with the complete authorization of the band, but that doesn't mean it isn't good or useful. Aside from the live version of "Whitewash," a sap to collectors, this is a tight distillation of the band's two A&M albums, noteworthy for the first album appearance of "Til I Hear It From You." Some might think that a compilation of two albums is stretching the definition of compilation a little bit too much, but that's really just a reflection of the industry in the '90s -- two albums and one non-LP single was the end result of a decade's worth of work. Ultimately, Outside Looking In is a good listen, from the hits to the album tracks, and it confirms that the Gin Blossoms were one of the first bands to really carve out the sound later known as adult alternative pop/rock. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Follow You Down The Gin Blossoms 4:27
  3. 2 Hey Jealousy The Gin Blossoms 3:53
  4. 3 Until I Fall Away The Gin Blossoms 3:50
  5. 4 Allison Road The Gin Blossoms 3:16
  6. 5 Mrs. Rita The Gin Blossoms 4:24
  7. 6 Found Out About You The Gin Blossoms 3:52
  8. 7 Not Only Numb The Gin Blossoms 3:4
  9. 8 Whitewash The Gin Blossoms 3:16
  10. 9 Cajun Song The Gin Blossoms 2:54
  11. 10 Just South of Nowhere The Gin Blossoms 3:23
  12. 11 Pieces of the Night The Gin Blossoms 4:31
  13. 12 As Long as It Matters The Gin Blossoms 4:29
  14. 13 Day Job The Gin Blossoms 3:48
  15. 14 Til I Hear It from You The Gin Blossoms 3:48

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