Goo Goo Dolls finallly make something for the rest of us

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Taylor Kenyon, Staff writer

The Goo Goo Dolls’ first album in four years, “Something For The Rest Of Us,” strays from the band’s previous albums with darker and more ambitious tracks. The album, released on Friday, August 27, debuted at number seven on the Billboard 200.

The trio started out in Buffalo, New York in 1986. Since then they have released nine albums and two greatest hits albums all adding up to a legendary career as a mainstream soft rock band. The lead singer, John Rzeznik, proves to be a great singer after all of these years, making clichéd love songs sound fresh.

The album features tracks written by Rzeznik with the intent to speak to the everyday American in these hard times. The band wanted the songs to include material that reflects the emotional unsureness of the tough economic period during two endless wars that burden people everyday.

“Something For The Rest Of Us” contains twelve tracks and three bonus tracks, including an acoustic version of the hit single “Home,” that portrays love and loss in mid-tempo rock ballads. The album has an overall theme of disenchantment, most evidently found in the tracks “Sweetest Lie,” “Nothing is Real,” and “Home.” Also, the emotional “Notbroken,” a tale of a soldier returning home, truly links back to the intent of the album.

The album will easily be added to the Goo Goo Dolls’ list of impressive albums that contain many soft rock hits. However, a notable difference between this new album and their previous albums is that there is a lack of angry edge in the songs replaced with only melancholy sentiments.

The Goo Goo Dolls will be starting their tour on September 24 in Biloxi, Mississippi. They will then travel throughout the United States hitting twenty different cities, including Madison, Wisconsin, before making nine stops in the United Kingdom, and ending with a finale in Leicester on November 17.

Overall, Something For the Rest Of Us will entertain The Goo Goo Dolls massive following of fans. It will most likely be heard playing from a car stereo while someone enjoys their ride home singing along with John Rzeznik and his band.