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Something For The Rest Of Us (Deluxe) (Amazon Exclusive Version)

August 31, 2010 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: August 27, 2010
  • Release Date: August 31, 2010
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Copyright: 2010 Warner Bros. Records Inc. for the U.S., Canada and Mexico and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the U.S.
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  • Total Length: 58:57
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  • ASIN: B0040I3AEG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 59 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,385 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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Format: Audio CD
Ever since 1986, the Goo Goo Dolls have been rocking out and producing uptempo pop-rock, with their commercial peak taking place with their two blockbuster albums, 1995's "A Boy Named Goo" and 1998's "Dizzy Up The Girl."

As the years have gone by, the band's sound has become much softer, but this progression was slow and steady throughout the past 15 years. Their most recent album, 2006's "Let Love In" was comprised almost completely of love songs, and was very soft for pop-rock standards, not to mention alt-rock standards.

So it is no surprise to find their brand new album opening with the energetic and melodically vibrant "Sweetest Lie." A few other tracks are more uptempo and immediate, including the brilliant Robby Takac number "Now I Hear." As is typical with this band, they continue their preference for one word song titles for their singles. "Home" is the latest in a long line of these ("Name," "Iris," "Slide" were some of their other huge hits). And it is a strong single - albeit not as strong as those earlier hits I mentioned.

The highlight of this new set is perhaps the lyrics. "Notbroken" was written about a soldier who is away from home, and Rzeznik waxes philosophical on "Nothing is Real." The title track is also quite engaging. But the true test of an album-oriented rock band is the fact that the entire LP plays through without any bad songs, and has plenty of hooks. And this album reaches that goal. It is not as outstanding as "A Boy Named Goo" or as immediate and energetic as "Superstar Car Wash," but it is right up there with their other gold and platinum albums that came afterwards.
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The sound and scope of "Something for the Rest of Us" evidence the Goo-Goo Dolls to be in tight shape and high spirits. Playing with the ferocity of a younger band with something to prove, they have more than enough sparkly, shining tunes to please listeners on all levels of interest.

Lead single "Home" benefits from a soaring melody, sharp, pulsing guitars, a tastefully polished sheen and, of course, Johnny Rzeznik's throaty, authoritative vocals.

Opener "Sweetest Lie," which rocks with high-octane intensity, heavy melody, poetic lyrics and longing vocals, as well the arresting, lyrically dense "Notbroken," a potential radio hit that would not ware out its welcome on the hundredth play, are among other highlights which prove "Home" is no Trojan horse to lead listeners unsuspectingly into an otherwise poor album.

There are the requisite lesser tracks, of course, such as the earnest yet repetitive "Hey Ya" (thankfully not a cover of the Outkast hit) and the well-meaning yet weak-pulsed title track, which is only partially redeemed by carefully chosen lyrics ("black streaks of Maybelline run down your cheeks") which show dexterous attention to detail. Rubbing against the stronger material, however, they cannot topple over.

Other tracks such as "As I Am" and "One Night" check all the boxes and sound radio-ready, with great playing and Rzeznik's ever-harrowing vocals leading the way, yet they are also rather unimaginative in the lyrics department. They would sound great gracing the airwaves of your local Hot A/C station, but they might disappoint fans looking for the lyrical depth of past albums. It is unquestionably a matter of taste.
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I've been a die hard Goo Goo Dolls fan for a long time. For those that remember it, I even have an original Mercenary pressing of their self titled record. I've loved their stuff up until "Gutterflower". The early days (aka the S/T and "Jed" records) had lots of fun, punk influenced rock. They started transitioning into a more melodic rock group with "Hold Me Up". "Superstar Car Wash" was a blast and very underrated record, "A Boy Named Goo" was the album that made a lot of my friends fans, "Dizzy Up the Girl" was a mainstream media's best friend, and "Gutterflower" was a nice blend of their past. Throughout each record, the band had LIFE and they had ENERGY to the music. "Let Love In", while radically slower paced, even had some moments to it that echoed the past, but was ultimately a letdown.

Well, all of that's great, but what does that have to do with this record Chris?

In short, they've lost their luster. Bands weren't meant to release as many albums as they have in the period that they have. They're supposed to take a hiatus, live normal lives and come back when they're ready to really to deliver something refreshing. The Goo Goo Dolls have gotten tired. The music isn't complex like it used to be. Most of the tunes are the basic soft rock drivel you can find from a million other bands. The lyrics are trite and cliche. They've taken most of the fun and refreshing elements out of their music and made it dull. I understand that bands need to change their sound and reinvent themselves, but I feel some artists have done it better than others (aka R.E.M., Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, The Beatles)

Now, with all that said, this album isn't a complete letdown.
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