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Picks and Pans Review: Congratulations I'm Sorry

updated 02/26/1996 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/26/1996 AT 01:00 AM EST

Gin Blossoms

This second full-length, major-label album from the Gin Blossoms is a quick fix for any dark mood; the songs are so upbeat they almost conjure sunny summer afternoons. Perhaps by design, the good mood this Arizona-based band generates is just what the characters in the tunes could use, whether it's the melancholy fellow in "Day Job" who misses his college days when "we started out to conquer doubt and Frisbee," or the luckless lover trying to ease his heartbreak by cruising the streets with the radio on in "My Car." Gin Blossoms' music may not cure all that ails these guys, but the warm, pleasant sensations Congratulations I'm Sorry creates is good medicine for anyone else who hears it. (A&M)

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