Goo Goo Dolls - Iris

13 October Critic Jonni 0 Comments

I have been aware of the Goo Goo Dolls for quite some time. They released "Stay With You" back in 2006, and that was when I realised how powerful this band really is. It was one of my favourite songs back then, and I still find it great, but this song "Iris" is just as good, ALSO Iris was released as a B-Side on the "Stay With You" CD single. The Goo Goo Dolls is a 3-piece rock band. They consist of John Rzeznik, Robby Takac and Mike Malinin, and they have been going since 1986, they were originally a 4-piece band, but George Tutuska left in 1995. They have had a number of releases, and less than a half in the UK was actually released. They have rarely managed to break into the UK Top 40, and until 2011 this song's highest chart position was number 26.

This song "Iris" is definitely the Goo Goo Dolls' most iconic and signature hit, although the song isn't necessarily, easily linked to this band. The music channels have recently been playing this video again and again, since the song managed to get to number 3 in the UK chart in 2011. The reason the song re-entered was because of the UK X Factor, and Frankie Cocozza sung this song. It's rare for something like this to happen, but this song definitely deserves this chart position, and it's difficult to believe that it has never got there before hand. The song was written by John Rzeznik, and that explains why there is a lot of emotion that comes across in the voice and the video. He's voice is husky, and sometimes that is a really good thing for a rock band as emotion is easily sent our way, but at the end of the day, his voice wouldn't suit and up-tempo happy song. The song was written for the "City of Angels" soundtrack that features Nicolas Cage. Songwriter Johnny Rzeznik has been quoted as saying he broke several years of writer's block and several years of sobriety simultaneously the night he wrote this track.

The music video is really good and I really like watching it, although I don't think it relates to the song as well as it could have done. John is shown high up in the skyscrapers watching from above using telescopes. Nicolas Cage is seen through out the music video with scenes from the film. The theme reflects what the angels do in the film.

I like the fact that they linked it up with the film and made it as if it was unseen footage from the film, this kind of reminds me of what Paramore did for the Twilight Soundtrack "Decode". And although both videos are completely different, they have both used similar techniques so that it links perfectly with the film.

There's not a lot I can say about this video, it looks like it was made in 2005 maybe even later, which is why it surprises me that it was made in 1997. Although the video is really simple with little going on, the film connects well with it and definitely makes it into one of the better soundtrack videos.

Overall I love this song, but it never gets stuck in my head long enough. The music video is different and although it links in with the film I don't think it links in well with the song. Soundtrack music videos are often difficult, and I'm always struggling to review them. But I try my best, and so here's my rating, I hope you all agree.

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