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Split the Difference
Split the Difference is the 2004 album by UK band Gomez.
Making of the Album
While Gomez's first three albums had been self-produced, the band entered its new recording studio in Portslade in East Sussex with Tchad Blake as producer. Blake had previously produced albums by Tom Waits and Crowded House and pick of the dozens of tracks produced during the 18 month in the studio became their fourth album Split the Difference released in May 2004.
Chart and Critical Success
This album has so far reached the top 40 at number 12 in the UK in March 2004. In the same month, The first single "Catch Me Up" entered the UK top 40 at number 26 while "Silence" entered at number 37 in May. However, in September, "Sweet Virginia" failed to hit top 40.
The album has received a good critical response with the All Music Guide rating it as four and a half stars out of five and BBC Internet Music Reviews describing it as "one of the finest releases of the year so far. If you were one of those people who wrote them off two years ago, it's time to get listening again." 
In an effort to build their popularity in the US, Gomez has been touring extensively in the past year. They played at the 2003 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in 2003. With Ian Ball relocating to Los Angeles with his wife, the band played at venues across the US in 2004, with the band being part of the 2004 Lollapalooza tour.
- Do One
- These 3 Sins
- Me, You and Everybody
- We Don't Know Where We're Going
- Sweet Virginia
- Catch Me Up
- Where Ya Going?
- Meet Me In The City
- Chicken Out
- Extra Special Guy
- Nothing Is Wrong
- There It Was
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