Title - 'Something For The Rest Of Us' (Warner Bros.)
Artist - Goo Goo Dolls
The Goo Goo Dolls have been together - more or less - since late 1986. Formed in Buffalo, New York by vocalist and guitarist John Rzeznik and vocalist and bass guitarist Robby Takac - Mike Malinin has held the lead position of the band's drummer, a position previously held by George Tutuska, since early 1994 - the Goo Goo Dolls primarily began as a grunge/punk band.
But, when that seemed to lead them down more chart/exposure dead ends than they'd hoped for, suddenly the mainstream was thought of, a change of musical direction taken, and there they were - front and center of the Billboard charts for many, many years.
And so, and as for this new CD, 'Something for the Rest of Us,' well, it seems the office here is split: Either the Goo's have released a much softer, but progressional album ... or they are finally running out of ideas!
For the record, 'Something for the Rest of Us' is the bands ninth studio album and was recorded at the GCR Audio studio (Buffalo) and "the Ark" in Los Angeles, with producer Tim Palmer at its helm.
Most of the songs/lyrics seem to be addressing the kind of the angst and uncertainty of the times that we're living in, but on an emotional level - Rzeznik has been heard to have said. I'd go along with that. Opening with the energetic and melodically vibrant "Sweetest Lie," it's a shame that we have to wait until the seventh track for the brilliant Robby Takac number, "Now I Hear."
But, for me at least, the album highlight of this new set is "Notbroken." Written about a soldier away from home, Rzeznik also waxes philosophical on "Nothing is Real." And, whilst the title track is also quite engaging it is certainly not as immediate; or as sprightly energetic as "Superstar Car Wash."