Thursday, July 12, 2007

Goo Goo Dolls - Dizzy Up the Girl

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I'm not certain that I can explain why this cover resonates with me. The mood is sexy, but dirty, but innocent, but depressing, but hopeful.

The wallpaper is dark, and reminds me of an old hotel room. The black curtain blocks out whatever sun might pour in through the small window. The bed is crammed into the corner, and the room feels oppressively small. The bedspread is old and unglamorous, but it looks comforting and familiar, like something anyone could have in their bedroom.

But the girl... the girl is where this cover gets so interesting.

What is she looking at? Is that a smile at the corner of her lips? Are her eyes really as cold and dead as they appear to be, or is she lost in a nice daydream? Did she fall on the bed, or was she thrown there? Why is she wearing hot pink socks with a green summer dress? Why are the bottoms of her socks so dirty? Is she wearing stockings, or is that the light? Is she lying in her bedroom at her parents' house, or is she between clients in a seedy hotel room in the big city? Is she happy? Is she sad? Is she okay?

(I posted a review of the album at Pratt Songs, if you're interested.)



Blogger bob_vinyl said...

This is a better cover than it might seem at first glance. It's not great, but above average. The harsh lighting, as if she has a spotlight on her in an otherwise dark room, adds to its seediness.

July 12, 2007 at 6:14 AM  
Blogger Metal Mark said...

It's alright. I kind of like how everything a has a a pattern like the wall, the dress, the bedspread. I am not sure if I like the lines leading to the girl though. It almost feels like they didn't trust it "as is" to draw your eyes so they had to lead you to where they wanted you to look.

July 12, 2007 at 12:20 PM  
Blogger Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

I definitely like it, and to add to the dark eroticism of the picture, isn't it funny how linear the light line through the shade is so perfectly aligned to her ankles it gives the illusion of bondage?

July 12, 2007 at 6:42 PM  

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