Complacency is a cruel mistress, and she has found her latest victim in Goo Goo Dolls.
The Buffalo-area band best known for making songs you can't get out of your head comes up short with their latest album, "Something For The Rest Of Us."
Sure, there are the medium-paced rock hooks at play. And indeed, lead singer John Rzeznik still maintains one of the best rock voices in the business. But he has no sandbox to play in here. The melodies melt away into intangibles, a morass of muddled instrument delivery and songwriting that has succumbed to vagaries.
Gone are the smart musical subtleties Goo Goo Dolls delivered with their hit songs "Iris" and "Black Balloon" a decade ago. Here, they rely on formulaic chorus buildups and a soft wall-of-sound in search of a romantic comedy soundtrack.
The songwriting is poor and unable to attach itself to a tangible subject or theme. Rzeznik's voice sounds fine, but good luck trying to figure out what he's singing about for the majority of these dreadfully boring tunes.
Check this track out: The title track, "Something For The Rest Of Us," is the only song on this disc with a pulse. It is delivered at a slow rock ballad pace, but with the kind of vulnerability we've grown to love about this band. When Rzeznik sings loudly "black streaks of Maybelline run down you cheeks" we are reminded why this band has been so good for so long.
'Something For The Rest Of Us'
Goo Goo Dolls