Goldfinger is one of my fav. band of all the time! They never disappoint! (except if you are a close minded person and you just want to hear a different versions of their first album again and again!)
Disconnection Notice was awesome! ... for some ppl it was too poppy, but thats okay with me, i m not afraid to say that i like melodic pop/rock music, its NOT a shame u know ... !
Now they went back to their original sound, i dont mind! just give me anything from Goldfinger and i ll be happy!!!!!!!
I don't think there is anything close minded about not liking the new stuff. It's not about re inventing the 1st album, It's about putting out a good product, something that shows what they can really do, which sadly they havent done in quite some time.
I'll be the first to admit it, Hangups and the Self Title were and still are two of my favorite albums and yeah it would be cool to hear more songs like these but I'm not counting on it.
I personally (and I know tons of other people do as well) loved when they went from the ska influenced hang ups to the the more rock influenced Stomping Ground. John was still writing good lyrics, Charlie still played a big role in the music and it was still fun...
but sadly now John has let his choices rule his life and his music, Something that I think REALLY started driving nails in the Goldfinger music coffin and caused him to half ass it in writing.
I was at a goldfinger show a few years ago here in Milwaukee where the band acted like children because they couldn't get there way, after they signed contracts and knew exactly what they were prohibited to do. Instead of just deal with it John gets up on stage and blasts god because the promoter was very christian.
The band has gone down hill (and I invite anyone to debate this with me) and I honestly think this is there last chance with a lot of people... and it's sad.