Goldfinger
Open Your Eyes


2.0
poor

Review

by Chris Maziejka USER (49 Reviews)
October 4th, 2005 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist


Open your eyes; the usual message given off by most of today's punk bands. Open them to war, corrupt polotics, hate crimes...Or in this case, eating animals. Goldfinger is a four-man SoCal punk/ska group with an interesting lead singer. The PETA supporting vegetarian tries to tell his fans with this release (or rather the single 'Open Your Eyes') about cruelty against animals, and corporate ads. In my opinion, the attempt to do this got in the way of the actual music, and produced a mediocre Goldfinger cd.

The sound of this isn't what many people were used to after hearing the self-titled, and 1997's 'Hang Ups'. 'Open Your Eyes' features more screaming vocals at some points than I would prefer. The first three tracks of the album are not as phony and boring as the rest of the songs are; their not too shabby actually. songs like 'Going Home' and 'Spokesman' give off an earlier Goldfinger punkish vibe; and 'Open Your Eyes' is the track that ends that right away. The whole 'be alert, think of your surroundings, don't eat meat' idea adds to the occasional yelling, harder than usual guitars and drums and you begin to think: is this Goldfinger I'm listening to?

So the start of the album isn't too bad. But here's what I don't understand about this cd: If John Feldmann wanted to give a message about something he was trying to get out to his fans, why doesn't he carry it on through the rest of the album? The rest is mostly about love songs, songs about regret, and several feelings you would get when your 14 years old with an unsteady girlfreind. Tracks like 'Dad', 'Tell Me', and 'January' are all perfect examples of this sudden change of pace and meaning.

There are some songs here that you would recognize as being Goldfinger tracks; the pop-punk sounding, shorter humorous songs like 'Happy', 'FTN' and 'Radio' (which BTW is a great song). 'Woodchuck' is also pretty funny, the 45 or so second track of just heavy guitars and screaming about a woodchuck bird. The younger pop-punk feelings come back with 'It's Your Life' and 'Youth', but quickly dissapear with the true highlight of the album, 'Radio'. It has the feel to what an older GF track would sound like. The ending of the album, 'FTN', 'Prank Calls' and 'Wayne Gretzky' have the same old Goldfinger feeling as 'Radio' does, but minus the quality. Sometimes people say the end of an album is always a dissapointment; this is too true here. The prank call track is funny when you first hear it, but the jokes get old fast. And 'Wayne Gretzky' is just a sad attempt at an acoustic track.

After hearing this, I would not recommend it to anybody just getting into Goldfinger, and as for long time fans: the same goes for you. But I'm sure most fans have already heard this and probably sold it back to FYE...The only song I really think is a success is 'Radio'; defenitly download that one.

Credits:

Guitar/Vocals: John Feldmann
Guitar: Charlie Paulson
Bass: Simon Williams
Drums: Darrin Pfeiffer



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Atticus 69320
October 4th 2005


49 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great review! I enjoy Goldfinger, but in healthy amounts.

_unknownST
October 5th 2005


256 Comments


i was goin 2 buy this album but im not sure anymore i need another opinion






francesfarmer
October 5th 2005


1477 Comments


I wouldn't reccommend it. Buy the self titled instead if you don't already have it.

Zebra
Moderator
October 5th 2005


2647 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

This album is awful, good review. I completely agree that the s/t is Goldfingers best.

_unknownST
October 6th 2005


256 Comments


even if i loved spokesman and open your eyes?

francesfarmer
October 6th 2005


1477 Comments


You should read the review again...It pretty much goes downhill from there.

_unknownST
October 7th 2005


256 Comments


k cheers for the tips

Mullet Steve
March 19th 2006


4 Comments


Actully The bassist is Kelly DeMiux. Simon quit.

Mullet Steve
March 19th 2006


4 Comments


And guitarist is Aurther somthing.This Message Edited On 03.19.06

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
June 20th 2007


3780 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This album has so much filler its depressing. I do like a couple of tracks though - Spokesman, The Upper Hand and Open Your Eyes in particular.

ReturnToRock
November 16th 2007


3448 Comments


spokesman is great.

NEVERfade
June 27th 2010


376 Comments


You should have mentioned that the screaming on 'Woodchuck' and 'Open Your Eyes' is by Bert McCracken

ratowitz
February 13th 2013


175 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

What exactly is a "woodchuck bird"?



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