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Gin Blossoms / Press

“The band didn’t try to spice up their old arrangements for the live setting, opting instead to just let the simple progressions and gentle vocals lie unadorned. And it was a wise move.”

“They played material off of their newest album “Major Lodge Victory,” but the crowd just couldn’t get enough of their classics. Since they came up in downtown Tempe, playing at places like Long Wong’s and Chuy’s, there’s a certain sense of hometown pride when they come back.”

“ The band nailed all its high-profile songs, including "Found Out About You," "Allison Road" and "Hey Jealousy." Wilson was in fine voice, and guitarist Scotty Johnson laid down some strong leads. Rhythm guitarist Jesse Valenzuela had a wide grin for much of the night.”

Larry Rodgers - The Arizona Republic

“The Gin Blossoms provided one of the rare late twentieth century pop music at the Center but during their spirited and full-volumed evening Jesse Valenzuela showed himself to be one superb guitarist. Certainly, at Cerritos Maestro Valenzuela rocked the hardest of the many guitar wizards”

“The Gin Blossoms came to the Cerritos Performing Arts Center over the weekend and despite their recent vintage they rocked the house in the good old Rock and Roll way.”

“In doing so, along with the alluring comeback album, the Blossoms are officially back in business, cranking out good old fashioned college rock n' roll without the pressures of the initial go-around.”

“ The frightening realization that the best powerpop record of 2006 is the Gin Blossoms' Major Lodge Victory. Paving the way for the great Spin Doctors revival.”

“Many said this band couldn't release a new album that could rival their past material. I say this disc is better then their past material and in fact I hope this is just the stepping stone for this band. This disc can be listened to in the car, in the office or just sitting around the house.”

Tony Kukoc - Shipwreck Island Studios

“Long-lived, Grammy Award-nominated Gin Blossoms may have delivered their boatload of hits in the 1990s, but don`t write off a band whose new album, 'Major Lodge Victory,' sounds like a seamless continuation of the glory days.”

Monsters and Critics

“After a 10-year recording drought, Arizona's Gin Blossoms emerge victorious with a collection of harmony-driven, willowy, jangle-rock songs.”

“Devotees of jangly pop-rock might enjoy the long overdue reunion by the Gin Blossoms, "Major Lodge Victory"”

Jonathan Takiff - Philadelphia Daily News

“True, in the early going Major Lodge Victory does recall the classic 90s Blossoms sound, complete with twin-engine guitars polished to a potent sheen by producer-in-residence John Hampton.”

“The Gin Blossoms' new CD (yes, you read that right), Major Lodge Victory, is so fresh and vibrant as to make it seem like the Arizona pop-rockers never went away.”

“While many up and coming bands have tried to capture the sound that bands like the Gin Blossoms ushered in, only the Gin Blossoms could recreate it, and on "Major Lodge Victory" they've recreated it so flawlessly that at times you might swear its still 1996”

“Nearly every track on the new release is a mid-tempo number featuring Robin Wilson’s wistful vocals and Jesse Valenzuela’s rich and poignant guitar-playing, the standouts being “Heart Shaped Locket,” which has a rich, Teenage Fanclub-like chorus, and “Super Girl”.”

“The record features the first single, Learning the Hard Way a fitting title for the band's long time together (and apart). The record is loaded with wonderful and soon to be timeless hits. There are 12 songs, 12 new reasons to love the Gin Blossoms”

CD World Staff - TexasGigs.com

“Buoyant, ingratiating tunes such as Learning the Hard Way, Long Time Gone and Let's Play Two recapture the easy bounce of past hits such as Found Out About You and Follow You Down.”

"Major Lodge Victory," will sound like familiar fare to fans who first fell in love with these guys, thanks to classics like "Hey Jealousy," "Til I Hear It From You" and "Allison Road." The songs here are pure and straight and extremely melodic, enhanced by crisp harmonies and tight arrangements

Kevin O'Hare - The Republic

“Major Lodge Victory sounds as if it could have appeared in 1997 as the successor to Congratulations; it has the same friendly, relaxed feel as the Gin Blossoms' hits, equal parts power pop, post-REM jangle pop, and mainstream polish.”

“BACK in '93, the Gin Blossoms became an MTV staple with jangly guitar rock that referenced Tom Petty and the Byrds. Those influences remain on the band's latest, which isn't another "New Miserable Experience," but is familiar and comfortable.”

Dan Aquilante - New York Post

“So calling Major Lodge Victory, their first CD in a decade more of the same isn't necessarily a knock. Though nothing here matches the pop brilliance of ''Hey Jealousy,'' the group comes close on ''Long Time Gone'' and ''Someday Soon,'' with its immaculate summertime shimmer.”

“Although its new outing Major Lodge Victory adds only a few new tricks to its repertoire, the band’s knack for crafting indelible melodies remains wholly intact. ”

“Good-time strumming party music is what this fun band is about.”

"Major Lodge Victory" is filled with great songs, none of which fall flat.