Review: ‘The Bluegrass Tribute to the Goo Goo Dolls’

‘The Bluegrass Tribute to the Goo Goo Dolls’: Aidin Vaziri | On some days, it feels as if the music industry actually wants to die. In this case, that might just be wishful thinking. I would certainly prefer to believe intentional sabotage was at work rather than admit things had come down to this: “A Boy Named Blue: The Bluegrass Tribute to the Goo Goo Dolls.” Performed by a band of faceless studio musicians going by the name Iron Horse, the disc follows similar packages honoring Guns N’ Roses, the Offspring and Blink-182. It takes a vaguely remembered ’90s rock band’s material and repurposes it with added twang – just barely. The bluegrass label is misleading because this actually sounds more like amateur night in any Nashville dive bar. But that’s the least of this album’s problems. How many Goo Goo Dolls fans are left? Were there any in the first place? Did a single one think, “You know, ‘Iris’ is great but it would sound so much better if a bunch of dudes in Dockers did it”? That the Goo Goo Dolls’ actual drummer Mike Mallinin found enough time in his schedule to actually write the liner notes and sit in on several of the songs should provide some answers.

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