Gowan (the artist formally known as Gowan) has been in the public eye
as one of Canada's favorite singer/songwriters, recording artists and
live performers for over ten years. He has enjoyed an illustrious career
that has seen the release of six albums with sales of over 750,000 of
these recordings. Constantly evolving as an artist, Gowan's music has
moved from the synth-pop/rock, video-driven image of the '80s era to
a pared down, trimmer approach to songwriting in the '90s. As Larry
evolves from record to record, he manages to reach out to new audiences
every time with his masterful songwriting and powerful vocal style.
With the release of "The Good Catches Up", his sixth album, Gowan achieves
a maturity of sound that builds on the entire maturity of this artist.
Self-determinatin has played a key role in the structure of this album.
Gowan, after five releases with CBS/Sony/Anthem, is now releasing on
his own Gowan Productions label. As such, he and producer Eddie Schwartz
had complete control of the production process which began with the
recordings at Schwartz' Toronto home studio and finished at Le Studio
in Morin Heights, Quebec, where the album was mixed. Gowan and Schwartz
arranged and recorded the instrumentation almost entirely themselves,
using only a few select session players.
On "The Good Catches Up", he delivers an album that continues the significant
departure in style and influence from his older work (as seen in his
last album, "...but you can call me Larry") and yet bridges the gap
between past and present Gowan. Older fans will be pleased to hear piano
driven songs such as the ballads "Laura" and "You'll Be With Me" and
the honky tonk boogie of "I'll Be There in a Minute". Others will be
thrilled with the guitar-driven songs such as "Put It Where the Love
Don't Shine" and the first single, "Guns and God". Add the quirky subject
matter of "Cyberbabes", the roosty, down-home feeling of "Pigeon" and
"Get It While You Can" and the uplifting title track.
Five of the nine tracks on "The Good Catches Up" were writen by Gowan
and Schwartz: "The Good Catches Up, I'll Be There In a Minute, Laura,
Get It While You Can, and Put It Where the Sun Don't Shine". The others
were written by Gowan alone.
creative partnership between Gowan and Schwartz has been growing since
1990, when they first started writing together. "All the Lovers in the
World", their first co-write, also marked a departure from Gowan's previous
songwriting as it was the first time that he had co-written with anyone.
Schwartz would go on to co-write the "...Larry" album, including the
hit single "When There's Time for Love", which Schwartz also produced.
It was only natural for Gowan to choose Schwartz to produce the new