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Goo Goo Dolls: Something For The Rest Of Us

Toothless but touching return from the Buffalo rockers.

While it’s hard to imagine anybody counting the days between

Naturally, we’re braced for death-by-creative-stasis… but Something For The Rest Of Us is surprisingly good. Of course, liking the Dolls has always required a certain suspension of cynicism – in this benign lyrical world, people invariable ‘catch each other when they fall’ and ‘take each other as they are’.

Still, on cuts like As I Am and Still Your Song, Rzeznik reminds us of his stone-cold talent for big, billowy, yearning songs that leave you wanting to renew your wedding vows or stand atop a mountain in the morning mist with your fist in the air. If that’s Rzeznik’s aim, then this album’s greatest achievement is Not Broken – a slowie destined to take such a big slice of the first-dance market that Robbie Williams will be pissing blood.

You’ll love this, and hate yourself afterwards.

Henry Yates
Henry Yates

Henry Yates has been a freelance journalist since 2002 and written about music for titles including The Guardian, The Telegraph, NME, Classic Rock, Guitarist, Total Guitar and Metal Hammer. He is the author of Walter Trout's official biography, Rescued From Reality, a music pundit on Times Radio and BBC TV, and an interviewer who has spoken to Brian May, Jimmy Page, Ozzy Osbourne, Ronnie Wood, Dave Grohl, Marilyn Manson, Kiefer Sutherland and many more.