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Review: Goo Goo Dolls - Something For The Rest Of Us


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(Out now on Warner Bros)

Even if you've been living under a rock for most of your life, you'd have probably heard of the Goo Goo Dolls. Does 'Iris' ring any bells for you? Despite having nine studio albums the Goo Goo Dolls have never seemed to break the UK that well. Want proof? Take a look at their positioning in the US compared to the UK.

Goo Goo DollsSo what of Something for the Rest of Us? What makes it different from any other Goo Goo Dolls release? Well, nothing really. Their (more interesting) borderline-punk days are long gone. With this release you're not going to get any distant change or surprising new touches. The large production scale of each song and the bland anthemic build ups of 'Home' or 'Sweetest Lie' places the band closer to providing soundtracks for the O.C or One Tree Hill. You might also see the emotional stability and content of 'One Night' as a tad too cliche now, considering all that's come and gone in the musical world. But forget all of this for a second: whether they're your cup of tea or not the Goo Goo Dolls have influenced the likes of The Fray and One Republic. That's got to stand for something right?

The Goo Goo Dolls are like Marmite. For those who are looking for music that's outstanding, ground breaking or genre shifting then Something for the Rest of Us isn't for you. For those who just want a nice relaxing listen and something easy to sing along to, then go ahead and give this record a spin. That dichotomy probably doesn't bother the band much. After all, you could say that the Rolling Stones haven't really produced anything revolutionary of late and look how well they're still doing.

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