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Album of the Month: Goo Goo Dolls Shock With First Album In Four Years

Skeptical is the one word I would use to describe the Goo Goo Dolls latest album “Something For The Rest Of Us.” I was very wary of weather a band that hadn’t released an album in four years and hadn’t recaptured the success of earlier albums such as “Dizzy Up The Girl” could get back to the top. One factor that led to my skepticism was the first single which had recieved limited air play on satellite radio over the last few weeks. The song, “Home” is the third song on the album and is one of the hardest songs to enjoy.

What makes the Dolls great is their true understanding of the contemporary rock genre. From a fast paced start with songs “Sweetest Lie” and “As I Am” the album seemed to suck the listener in. Although it could of fell appart with track three, the single “Home,” there was something for the rest of us (people who like good music) after that low point. There were parts in the album that really harkened back to the Goo Goo Dolls of old. “Notbroken” is a soulful, overproduced song that goes out of its way to sound perfect. The melodies in the chorus are brilliant and it really gives us a reason to continue listening.

The amount of quality songs on the album is almost uncountable. While very few songs (“Notbroken” being one of the few) stand out from the pack, the entire work is a really¬†gorgeous¬†piece of rock and roll collaborating. A song that harkens back to the early days of the Dolls is “Nothing Is Real.” It combines emotion based lyrics with a passion that only first manifests itself in the chorus. It is also a great example and showcase of the bands unmistakable talent to write great songs.

We’ll conclude here. My advice would be to listen to the whole album. Listening to just a few songs (unless they’re the true gems) won’t do this project justice. It is a complete effort and deserves a listening, if only for old times sake. While the modern genre that the Goo Goo Dolls helped to define in the early part of the decade continues to mold and mesh into other areas of music, it’s great to hear the veteran staple return, showing that they can still rock.

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  • Comment by Suzie posted September 03, 2010 at 01:39

    Cool review. Nicest part about it… you simply talk about the band as a whole, not the lead singer, not the bassist. But yep, an album like this IS for the rest of us that want to be able to listen to an entire album and enjoy it. Some songs more than others, but we pretty much like the whole package.

  • Comment by Alice posted September 03, 2010 at 10:56

    Love the high praise of the album. I could not agree more. In the future you may want to reread your article and do a spell check before posting….Many grammatical errors…

  • Comment by Danelle posted September 03, 2010 at 23:38

    Amazing cd!! Begining to end-honestly I’ve been a fan for a billion yrs and I have to say I’m more than impressed!! Lyrics are incredible..pretty deep ,gives me chills listening to it!

  • Comment by Bella posted September 04, 2010 at 15:22

    Most of it is not new to the fans thanks to You Tube…so I had time to soak it up, and really listen to the songs and the depth of the song lyrics…truly and amazing compolation (my spelling may not be perfect, I admit) But everyone I talked to that heard it sing only high praises about STFTROU. In my opion, Goo Goo Dolls are like fine wine….only keep getting better with age! Keep Rocking !!!