Congratulations I'm Sorry

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Congratulations I'm Sorry
Studio album by Gin Blossoms
Released February 13, 1996
Recorded Ardent Studios 1995, Memphis, Tennessee; Vintage Recorders, Phoenix, Arizona
Genre Rock, pop rock
Length 44:29
Label A&M
Producer Gin Blossoms, John Hampton
Gin Blossoms chronology
New Miserable Experience
(1992)
Congratulations I'm Sorry
(1996)
Major Lodge Victory
(2006)

Congratulations I'm Sorry (typeset as Congratulations...I'm Sorry) is the third studio album by the American pop rock band Gin Blossoms, and the follow-up album to the successful 1992 release New Miserable Experience, released in 1996 by A&M records. The album was named in reference to the success of 1992's New Miserable Experience, followed so closely by the suicide of the former band member Doug Hopkins in 1993.

Reaction to Congratulations I'm Sorry was mixed, with some critics feeling that the music lay too close to the sound of the previous album. One common complaint was that most versions the album lacked the successful 1995 single "Til I Hear It From You" from the Empire Records soundtrack; however, some editions of the album did contain the track as its final. The album's title, according to the lead singer Robin Wilson, came from the response band members usually received from people who both wanted to congratulate the band for the success of New Miserable Experience, while then offering apologies for their friend and former band member Doug Hopkins. The album eventually reached platinum status.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Day Job" (Scott Johnson, Bill Leen, Phillip Rhodes, Jesse Valenzuela, Robin Wilson) – 3:51
  2. "Highwire" (Wilson) – 2:24
  3. "Follow You Down" (Johnson, Leen, Rhodes, Valenzuela, Wilson) – 4:30
  4. "Not Only Numb" (Rhodes, Wilson) – 3:06
  5. "As Long as It Matters" (Rhodes, Valenzuela, Wilson) – 4:31
  6. "Perfectly Still" (Johnson, Leen) – 4:05
  7. "7th Inning Stretch" – 0:14
  8. "My Car" (Valenzuela) – 4:17
  9. "Virginia" (Valenzuela) – 4:02
  10. "Whitewash" (Leen, Wilson) – 3:19
  11. "I Can't Figure You Out" (Valenzuela) – 3:18
  12. "Memphis Time" (Johnson, Valenzuela) – 3:14
  13. "Competition Smile" (Rhodes, Wilson) – 4:47
  14. "Til I Hear It from You" (bonus track) (Valenzuela, Wilson, Marshall Crenshaw) – 3:47

There is a hidden track following Til I Hear It from You.

Excluded songs[edit]

Among tracks excluded from the album are "Seeing Stars", a song written by the lead singer Robin Wilson about the band's ex-lead guitarist Doug Hopkins, and the 1995 hit "Til I Hear It from You". The latter was released as a single (although it is included on the international edition of the album), and the former was included as a B-side on the "Follow You Down" single, along with Wilson's "Idiot Summer" from the soundtrack of Wayne's World 2.

Response[edit]

Critical[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
Chicago Tribune 3/4 stars [2]
Entertainment Weekly B [3]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars [4]
The Music Box 3/5 stars [5]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars [6]

People magazine called the album "a quick fix for any dark mood", continuing, "the songs are so upbeat they almost conjure sunny summer afternoons."[7]

Chart performance[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1996 The Billboard 200 10

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1996 "Follow You Down" Adult Contemporary 22
1996 "Follow You Down" Adult Top 40 3
1996 "Follow You Down" Mainstream Rock Tracks 6
1996 "Follow You Down" The Billboard Hot 100 9
1996 "Follow You Down" Top 40 Adult Recurrents 1
1996 "Follow You Down" Top 40 Mainstream 5
1996 "Day Job" Mainstream Rock Tracks 29
1996 "Day Job" Modern Rock Tracks 21
1996 "As Long as It Matters" Adult Top 40 30
1996 "As Long as It Matters" The Billboard Hot 100 75
1996 "As Long as It Matters" Top 40 Mainstream 40

Personnel[edit]

Gin Blossoms

Additional personnel

Production[edit]

  • Producers: Gin Blossoms, John Hampton
  • Engineers: Erik Flettrich, John Hampton, Billy Siegle
  • Assistant engineer: Billy Moss
  • Mixing: John Hampton
  • Mastering: Dave Collins
  • Pre-production: Billy Siegle
  • Direction: Bill Graham
  • Art direction: Robin Wilson
  • Design: Karen Walker, Robin Wilson
  • Photography: Danny Clinch, Robin Wilson
  • Cover photo: Robin Wilson

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Chicago Tribune review
  3. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  4. ^ Los Angeles Times review
  5. ^ The Music Box review
  6. ^ Rolling Stone review
  7. ^ Tomashoff, Craig (1996-02-26), "Congratulations I'm Sorry". People. 45 (8):23