The Goo Goo Dolls: What I learned about Art, Ego, Opinion & Commerce

What can you say about The Goo Goo Dolls? The band, which rivals Creed for the distinction of "worst spawn of the Grunge movement," has achieved a new musical low--an entire album of poorly remixed B-sides that likely has Kurt Cobain committing suicide all over again.

Wait, that was too kind. This band is so awful that Nirvana-wannabe status is much too noble a title--it's closer to a Collective Soul-wannabe.

The GGD's newest album, What I Learned About Ego, Opinion, Art & Commerce, is somewhat misnamed. The album does not demonstrate mastery of any particular art or any comprehension of what foments positive critical opinion, but the album does teach us great lessons in ego and commerce. The Goo Goo Dolls must have one hell of an ego to infect American commerce with this 22-track virus.

A more apropos title: How I learned to stop worrying about making music, and love being a pop-radio whore.

--By Martin Barna


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