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Written and recorded over the past couple of years, 'Something For The Rest Of Us' delivers another dose of great Goo songs such as 'Sweetest Lie,' 'One Night,' and 'Soldier.' With his songwriting, John Rzeznik confronts some of the issues that have become part of many people's everyday lives:

'I wanted some of the material on this album to address the disillusionment of the difficult period we live in; I wanted to give a voice to the emotional uncertainty that accompanies hard times.'

'So many people are struggling to keep it together through tough economic conditions and two wars that seem to have no end in sight. The ones who bear the brunt of these burdens are everyday people. That's who I want to speak to.'

The recording of the album took place in various studios in Los Angeles as well as the band's studio in Buffalo, and during the course of events the band worked with a wide range of engineers and producers including Tim Palmer, John Fields, and Butch Vig. The result showcases more of the well-crafted songs and timeless lyrics that have been such an integral part of the Goo Goo Dolls' continuing success.

Most bands that were around in 1986 have come and gone. A lot of trends came and went. But through it all the Goo Goo Dolls have been able to survive and stay relevant. They have grown beyond their influences, and have spent their lives creating and performing great songs. And at the end of the day, that's what it's all about - songs. So as the trends come and go, or when the world gets caught up in the latest celebrity gossip, there will always be people hungry for songs that speak to them. And those are the people the Goo Goo Dolls are talking to. The Rest of Us.

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  1. Sweetest Lie 3:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. As I Am 3:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. Home 4:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. Notbroken 4:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
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  6. Nothing Is Real 4:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
  7. Now I Hear 3:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. Still Your Song 4:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. Something For The Rest Of Us 4:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
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11. Hey Ya 3:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 31, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B003QM01XU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,298 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Cory T. Shaeffer on August 31, 2010
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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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Rudy Palma on August 31, 2010
Format: Audio CD
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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23 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Chris Logan on September 19, 2010
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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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