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Goldfinger: Open Your EyesOpen Your Eyes (2002)
Sony Music Entertainment

Reviewer Rating: 4.5
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Contributed by: FatTonyFatTony
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When I first started listening to this album, I started to feel better about my thoughts on Goldfinger's previous release, Stomping Ground. That album had a few great songs on it (Counting the Days, San Simeon, 99 Red Balloons), but it also had a lot of filler (too many songs to list). Something j.
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When I first started listening to this album, I started to feel better about my thoughts on Goldfinger's previous release, Stomping Ground. That album had a few great songs on it (Counting the Days, San Simeon, 99 Red Balloons), but it also had a lot of filler (too many songs to list). Something just didn't click on the album.

Now I'm comfortable in admitting that, because this album is MUCH better. I don't know why, but this album just comes together a lot better than Stomping Ground did and it has therefore renewed my faith in Goldfinger's songwriting abilities.

The album kicks off with "Going Home," a straight forward pop-punk song that really sets the pace for the entire album: fast and loud! Next up is my favorite song on the album, "Spokesman." It's a song about the band's general hatred for the music industry ("What happened to integrity/I don't see it on MTV/All I see is choreography/And I'll never be a dancer!). It's definitely the strongest song on the album. After that is the title track on the album, and apparently the first single. A bit of an odd choice, since I think it's one of the weaker songs on the album.

The album has very little filler (at least, in comparison to Stomping Ground). Some of the weaker songs include "Tell Me," "Happy," "It's Your Life," and the aformentioned "Open Your Eyes."

Other highlights include "Woodchuck" (one of the funniest songs I've heard in a long time), "Dad" (a song about John Feldman's dad), and "Spank Bank." I'm also especially pleased that they included both "Radio" and "Fuck Ted Nugent" from the Stomping Ground 7". Although "Fuck Ted Nugent" now has a verse about Jennifer Lopez in place of the verse about Farrah Fawcett (I personally preferred the old version, but whaddayagonnado).

Overall, I think that this is Goldfinger's best release since their 1996 self-titled album, but doesn't quite manage to top the self-titled. They manage to bring together all the different sounds they've tried on their past albums into one great package here. I definitely recommend picking this up if you're a fan of any of Goldfinger's previous albums. You won't be disappointed!

 

 
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pennywise4life (December 27, 2006)

my fav goldfinger album, very good

FatTony (June 13, 2006)

Man alive, if I could go back and re-write this review, it'd be completely different. I'm kind of embarrassed of the version of me from 4 years ago.

Anonymous (January 4, 2004)

love the bonus tracks, funny as hell, pranks calls and the wayne gretsky song

Anonymous (April 21, 2003)

I'd give this a 7. Their second best release, being (of course) behind their 96 self-titled debut. I really like how the guys put some vegan/vegetarian info in the booklet too. Though i'm not either of those (I'd consider myself "Animal Conscious", meaning i won't purchase meat, but if someone has meat that they are not going to finish, and i'm hungry, i'd rather eat it, than have it go to waste), it's cool that they're doing something with thier popularity. And it really bugs me that alot of stupid dumbasses are like "I love steak... fuck Goldfinger!". Just because you eat meat, doesn't mean it makes it right for you to bash other people's beliefs. I'm not really even sure if Goldfinger is actually REALLY vegan, or if it's just a publicity thingy, but fuck off.

Best Tracks:
Spokesman
Open Your Eyes
FTN
Dad
Going Home

AND......
The bonus slaughter-house video on the cd is disgusting. I actually threw up watching it. I'm glad they put it on there... maybe some people will think...

devilsdeathwish (November 27, 2002)

goldfinger always has been, and always will be the best live band i've ever seen. They get 10 points just for that.

Its not fair to compair this cd with the self titled cd because half the band has left. Therefore, this cd is still good in its own individual way. Goldfinger will forever rule.

cawknocker (July 19, 2002)

this album is shit. they appear to have given up any kind of stab at being original. this sounds like their protege's mest but about 10 times worse. and their like 35. to fuckin old to be playin this type of pop punk. the vegan drivin open your eyes is fuckin insulting to anyone not vegan. fuck spokesman. i guess your punk now huh? whatever. no ska. tons of throwaway 1 min. songs. dumb all sounding the same pop punk from old guys. january is the only redeeming song. stick to producing grandpa. get off the vegan tip. i respect it, but shoving it in my face is rude. i dont' shove burgers in yours do i?

Anonymous (July 6, 2002)

dammmit goldfinger went political. i liked them because they weren't political. they ruined a good thing. i liked them before but now i just want to punch them in the face. however i still think they are pretty creative guys and i give this record a 9.2.

Anonymous (June 19, 2002)

This guy are the best of the punk music.
and Open your eyes it's very cool.

Anonymous (May 28, 2002)

I see that some people are saying their new CD is pop-punk, and that they used to play ska on Hangups, and more metal on Stomping Ground, and their 1st CD was their best, and so on and so on. All I know is that Goldfinger has been and always will be one of the most diversified sounding bands of all time. You can't categorize these guys, period! Hard core punk one second, ska the next, a little emo there, some regular punk here. John Feldmann is a lyrical genious, along with a kick ass voice to blair out their music....If you think they are weak, get in one of their mosh pits, a shit-load of energy. A quintessential punk show for everyone!

Anonymous (May 28, 2002)

As far as I know, the new guitar player did not play on this record. I'm pretty sure Charlie played on at least some of it and if he didn't, John played more.

CallingLondon (May 23, 2002)

oops i meant to say "if you LIKE goldfinger, i recommend the cd." instead of "if you goldfinger, i recommend the cd."

CallingLondon (May 23, 2002)

well i bought the album the other day when it came out. i happened to be in the record store cuz my friend was exchanging a CD, so i figured i might as well get it. I've probably listened to it about 5 or 6 times through now. I think it's great. One thing i've noticed is that the group seems to have grown up a bit. infact, there are songs on there with pretty serious messages, and the more personal songs are pretty mature, not just stupid love songs. i've never considered this band immature, often against other people's beliefs, but this one shows some growing up. i like it a lot. great songs. i miss Charlie sometimes on the cd, but the new guitarists is different yet quite good. much more of a punk/hardcore sound over a metal sound. if you goldfinger, i recommend the cd. they're a little over polished, but the music's still good, and it has heart.

Anonymous (May 22, 2002)

Yeah, these guys suck. They played ska when it was cool. They have just jumped from one trend to another. Pop-punk is cool now, right?

He/She stole the words out of my mouth. The only notable Goldfinger album was their debut album: before they looked for trends to copy. And while I can enjoy Hang-ups I'd rather forget Goldfinger's last two albums. They're a joke.

evildeadalive (May 15, 2002)

I'm not usually a big fan of Goldfinger - a little too poppy for my tastes, but I bought this cd for my girlfriend, who loves them, and I actually kinda like it. It's got quite a few of the metal breakdowns that they do so well. I've only heard it a few times but it's probably my favorite Golfinger album so far.

As for the fingers biggest hit, it's definataly between Here In Your Bedrooom and Mable, with Superman coming in third. But if you're gonna judge by radio play, it might even be 99 Red Balloons. (anyone notice how back in the day it used to be Stepping Stone that every punk band was covering, and nowadays this seems to be the punk cover of choice?)

Anonymous (May 13, 2002)

This album is DOA...goldfinger died with the release of the god awful 'stomping ground'. Enjoy your Sum41 tour boys. It's all about 14 yr olds and poop jokes now. (or twinkies out of your ass) - bigjerk

Anonymous (May 13, 2002)

Not that anyone really cares, but "Superman" isn't even Goldfinger's biggest hit off of "Hang Ups". That would be "Lonely Place". There "biggest" hit is either "Mable" or "Here in Your Bedroom". But like I said, who gives a fuck.

Anonymous (May 12, 2002)

Goldfingers biggest hit to date would be Superman. From being in both Tony Hawk and the movie Kingpin back when ska was cool. Goldfinger are 100% not a ska band, they are a punk band first and foremost. Sometimes they do ska, sometimes reggae, sometimes metal. But they are a punk band whether you like it or not. From them being on a major label, its hard to make the sound that they want. Majors want money, and to get money you must conform to whats in trend. Pop-punk is the shiznit amongst kids today, so thats what Goldfinger's gonna do. Same holds for Reel Big Fish. Although RBF are a ska band, they downplayed ska on their upcoming cd Cheer Up. Scott doesn't play trumpet anymore, he became 2nd guitar. And remember how they use to have a 4 piece horn section...well that has now become just 2. Its all about the money. Atleast the new Bosstones record is gonna kick some butt...lots of ska on it!

Anonymous (May 11, 2002)

Most people that have submitted a review haven't even heard the whole album. They have a few noteworthy songs thatbare really good. But for the most part, the cd has a really poppy catch to it, that may appeal to some, but not me.

Anonymous (May 11, 2002)

Um, MABLE wasn't their biggest hit, just so you know. if you're talking MTV/radio play time, it was HERE IN YOUR BEDROOM. 75% fo that album kicked so much ass and then everything after that was crap. i sorta like that song on tony hawk, but not that much.

guitarer1c2 (May 11, 2002)

I agree with that guy that said Goldfinger jumps from one trend to another. As much as I like them, I think they really proved this with the song "Open Your Eyes". To me, it sounds like some stupid Linkin' Park song or something. I dunno, maybe that's just me. Hopefully the rest of the album is better.

CallingLondon (May 9, 2002)

goldfinger has never claimed to be a ska band. infact, they have said many times that they aren't one. when hangups came out, ska wasn't popular anymore either, and that was their mostly ska album.

Anonymous (May 9, 2002)

Nah man. I seriously find this album is quite lame. It sounds alot weaker than stomping ground which i happened to like alot. Goldfinger had more of a funk punk kinda sound goin on with that album which i found was real cool. On this one it just seems like something is missing.. like they lost their sound. I dont know if it has anything to do with Charlie leaving the band.. but i am definitely noticing the absence of his wah-wah (except on track 1). I dont know if Charlie recorded this album with them but if that is the case he has disappointed me like a bitch. In conclusion.. it seems to me that goldfinger has fallen into the category that i hate to label bands with. That category my friends is that of "typical punk".

Anonymous (May 9, 2002)

Ok heres the thing. Ask any fan of true ska is Goldfinger was a "ska" band, and you will get a resounding no. Goldfinger have ALWAYS been a pop-punk band with both ska and metal influences. But one album of mostly ska-punk songs does not a ska band make. Listen to both "S/T" and "Stomping Ground" and there isn't much ska punk on either. So its not likes its this new concept for them to be doing pop-punk, I mean, Christ, look at their biggest hit (Mable) its a pop-punk song.

Anonymous (May 8, 2002)

Is their any ska-punk in this release? I like the song "open your eyes" it has some screming hard parts which dont make it much of a pop-punk song. I dont know but if this does turn out into a full pop-punk release then it gives me a message that they only wanted to play ska songs when it was famous. I know their is bands that wanna change to progress or they get bored of a single style...like the Suicide Machines. ThEY ROCK! WEll anyways im gonna get it 5/21 when it comes out and see what its about. But something positive I heard about this band is that they have some good lyrics and I like the album cover. Eating meat, when I think about it is disgusting. I'm gonna cut down on meat and even on various foods that come out of a animal. Damn these creatures are raised up to be killed for food or they are raised up to a machine that takes their milk or their eggs.

Anonymous (May 7, 2002)

This album is very bland... I got it a month ago (god bless the internet) so it's had time to grow on me. Goldfinger used to be one of my favorite bands back in the day when hang ups came out... their first CD is by far the best. Every release has been a step down from the last, and this one follows the same tradition... I saw them a week ago and they sounded like shit, the sound guy seriously fucked up. They put on an alright performance, but I've seen em live like 4 times and it wasn't as cool as the other times I've seen em. Their new guitarist is alright too, charlie was amazing but this kid rocks too.

CallingLondon (May 7, 2002)

i've downloaded a few of the songs on the album, and what i've heard has been pretty good. I know Radio is an awesome song, but it's not that new. I think it'll be a good album.

FatTony (May 7, 2002)

The album doesn't come out until 5/21 in the US. Sorry for the confusion.

Anonymous (May 7, 2002)

"Dad" is such a terrible song. So fucking terrible....

Any Goldfinger is good Goldfinger, if you ask me...

Anonymous (May 7, 2002)

check out darren's solo cd. those are some of the best punk songs ever. especially "i hate 90210"

Anonymous (May 7, 2002)

Yeah I live in Canada so it came out today so I picked it up, I was somewhat disapointed but also reliefed abit. It would be better if there was not as much pop punk on it, but it is still pretty good probabaly because they are my all time fav band...

Anonymous (May 7, 2002)

Damnit I guess this album doesnt come out today... i went to my local newbury comics to look for it and it wasnt there. Fuckin A.. oh well I bet its worth the wait.

Anonymous (May 7, 2002)

hi, the album is out in Canada today (7th may) and in the USA on the 21st May i think. I think the album is not that great, i prefer all the others over it. I'm not ashamed to say even though i'm goldfingers messageboard admin i'm very dissapointed with this album :'(

brad

Anonymous (May 7, 2002)

Yeah, these guys suck. They played ska when it was cool. They have just jumped from one trend to another. Pop-punk is cool now, right?

Anonymous (May 7, 2002)

Yes their are a couple songs with ska guitar in it, It's your life and Tell Me . The other songs are either pop-punk or rock ala Stomping Ground. One of the songs is an exact ripoff of Counting The Days. No horns on it either which makes me angry, why does Goldfinger have to try and be like every other pop-punk band in the world. Half of those bands look up to Goldfinger as their biggest influence.

Anonymous (May 7, 2002)

good as we know goldfinger can be, but i still miss the self titled era goldfinger

CallingLondon (May 7, 2002)

i thought it doesnt' come out in the US till May 21st. that's what their website says. And to answer the question about ska, i'm assuming it does, cuz i read an interview a while back that said they're going back to ska on the next album (this one).

Anonymous (May 7, 2002)

THIS ALBUM IS OUT NOW?!?! I AM ON MY WAY TO GET IT RIGHT NOW!! I think Goldfinger rules and I also think Stomping Ground is just as good as any Goldfinger release for just the strength of the good songs. The shitty stuff is not shitty enough to make it a bad album but its just shitty enough to make me skip the track.

Anonymous (May 7, 2002)

I love Goldfinger, so I'm definitely buying this, though I am curious as to the type of songs on this album. As one of the few people in the world who still likes ska, I really hope there is some to be found here. Not that I have to have ska to like it, I just really love Goldfingers ska songs. Personally, I found Stomping Ground to be their weakest release, and the single they are playing on the radio reminds me a lot of that album. So, good review, but if anyone can tell me a bit more than "fast and loud" I'd appreciate it.......krowdsurf

maverick (May 7, 2002)

I just called them. They told me they hated you, too.

Mojo/Jive needs to get off their ass and send me a promo copy of this - I don't want to *pay* for it, sheesh...

-Scott

Anonymous (May 7, 2002)

I hate these guys.

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