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For(n)ever

Hoobastank

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It’s been more than two years since Hoobastank released Every Man for Himself, and in many ways they sound like a different band now. On For(n)ever the guitars are heavier and the overall sonic attack is edgier and more aggressive. It’s not that they’ve completely abandoned the loud-soft-loud dynamic that has served them well since their major-label debut in 2001, but they've embraced their strengths here and created an album light on frills. They offer fewer hooks and more straight-ahead, post-grunge rock, with huge guitars, thick riffs, and pounding drums as on “All About You,” “Sick of Hanging On,” and “Who the Hell Am I?” Even on the slower tunes lead singer Doug Robb strains his vocal chords in an attempt pull the maximum intensity from each line. Having sold about five million records thus far, Hoobastank have already developed a loyal following, and most of those fans will find much to pump their fists about in For(n)ever.

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Not bad for their worst album

Starting off, For(n)ever is Hoobastank's worst album compared to the other three. The Reason, Every Man for Himself, and their self-titled album are much better than this. That being said, it is not a bad album. The problem is that there are too many soft songs on this album. What made Hoobastank so good was their ability to mix soft songs with hard instrumentals. That doesn't mean there aren't good songs on the album. My Turn is a great song and a good intro track. Sick of Hanging On, You're the One and Gone Gone Gone are pretty solid tracks. The rest, however, just simply fall short. All in all, it's a C+. It's their worst album, but it's not a bad album. May not say much about the album, but it says a lot about the band that their worst album isn't that bad.

For(N)Ever

Hoobastank has caught my ear since their first release of the self titled album. (Didn't listen to them during the basketball shorts era). I liked what I heard, and every album progression has been better and better. When Every Man For Himself was released I was outstanded and consider that one of the best albums of all time. So when I heard Doug Robb say the bar was very high for this album, I almost didn't believe it could be better. When My Turn was first released as a single there were questions as to whether the album would be a serious album, or just a bunch of guys trying to make money. But with the release of Fornever, the doubts have vanished. The guitar riffs in there by Dan Estrin are among the best of todays guitarists. The strongest points of this album are among the guitars and the lyrics. Doug must have looked deep inside himself for the lyrics for this album, as they are inspiring and better then before. The only lacking thing of this album is among the slow songs. Hoobastank is the best band in todays genre to write slow love songs. Such examples are The Reason, If Only, More Than A Memory and so on. The closest this album gets to is You're The One, a song which Doug wrote about the night he proposed to his now wife. But if this is Hoobastanks best work, I'm curious to see what their next CD will be like. Strong Songs: I Don't Think I Love You, All About You, Tears Of Yesterday, Who The Hell Am I? Songs That Could Use Work: Sick Of Hanging On, You Need To Be Here If you buy any track off this album, let it be I don't think I love you.

Another Solid Effort from Hoobastank

All bad album titles aside, this album does not stray too far from "Every Man For Himself", and thats a good thing. Vocal Harmonies, hard rock riffs, and beautiful ballads crammed into 12 songs. The album does have its share of flaws, but the times I found myself saying "Wow, that was a great song". occured much more so than, "I did not like that song". Hardcore Hoobastank fans may find it difficult to grasp the "pop-rock" genre the band ever-so-slightly tends to explore here to there, but thats the point of being a fan, you stick with it. The band's still got it and there is plenty to be enjoyed with For(n)ever.

Biography

Formed: 1994 in Agoura Hills, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

While the heavy alternative sounds of Tool and Alice in Chains were primary influences on Hoobastank's sound, the post-grunge quartet tempered the gloomier elements of such music with a suburban California groove and an eye for accessibility. Formed in the Los Angeles suburb of Agoura Hills in early 1994, the band's earliest members were vocalist Doug Robb and guitarist Dan Estrin, who met each other at a high-school battle of the bands competition. The two chose to join forces, adding bassist Markku...
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