- Audio CD (30 Aug. 2010)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Warner Bros US
- ASIN: B003QM01XU
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- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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Something For The Rest Of Us CD
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Goo Goo Dolls return with their first studio album in four years, and the ninth of their career. The album features the band's first single, "Home".
The album was produced by Tim Palmer (U2, Pearl Jam, David Bowie) with additional production by Butch Vig (Green Day, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, etc.) John Fields (Paul Westerberg, Jimmy Eat World) and Goo Goo Dolls.
The result showcases more of the well-crafted songs and timeless lyrics that have been such an integral part of the Goo Goo Dolls' continuing success. Written and recorded over the past couple of years, Something for the Rest of Us delivers another dose of emotionally charged, well-crafted rock songs such as "Sweetest Lie," "One Night," and "Soldier."
The UK has never embraced the Goo Goo Dolls as readily as the US. The New York trio’s biggest hit, 1998’s Iris, topped the Billboard chart but only limped to number 50 here. It took Ronan Keating, of all people, to make it a hit – the Boyzone singer’s version peaked at 12 in 2006, but was also his first single to not break the top 10. Suffice to say the multi-million-selling pop-rockers aren’t regulars on too many Brits’ personal playlists.
Their ninth album isn’t likely to change that dramatically, sticking as it does to a formula that’s served them splendidly since shifting from an early, grunge-like outfit to a polished, commercially box-ticking ensemble with every intention of maintaining their career trajectory. And there’s no shame in that: it’s not like you, reader, would turn up at work after 15 years of doing a job one way and proceed to tear up the rule book you’d established for yourself. Such actions tend to have repercussions, bad ones. Nutshell summarisation: Something for the Rest of Us is every bit as easy on the ear as each of their albums has been since 98’s big-league breakthrough, Dizzy Up the Girl.
So easy on the ear, indeed, that maintaining focus can be difficult. John Rzeznik’s gruff tones are always the scene-stealing element of any track, but when he’s barking out well-worn clichés about love and loss, it’s a task to read between tired lines and hear some heart. Several tracks aren’t so much dripping with weak metaphors as drowning in them. But the lyrical side of Goo Goo Dolls has never stood up to much serious scrutiny – the point is that these songs are swiftly processed, ensuring sing-along potential is realised amazingly fast. These are songs for belting out in traffic-jammed cars, for humming along to in shopping malls while waiting for a partner to finish up in the changing rooms. They’re not supposed to challenge the grey matter. They are as exclusive as own-range supermarket clothing.
Lead single Home has already performed well in the States, offering evidence that Goo Goo Dolls remain a mainstream force to be reckoned with on the other side of the Atlantic – but it’s unlikely they’ll ever repeat that success here. However, British fans of big-chorused rockers like U2, Journey and Bon Jovi yet to investigate this lot are encouraged to do so, as many traits are common across said acts.--Mike Diver
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Top Customer Reviews
Fast forward four years and "Something For The Rest Of Us" is a spectacular return to form for the Goo Goo Dolls, it's easily the most polished and complete record since 1998's "Dizzy Up The Girl."
Musically, "Something For The Rest Of Us" is mainstream guitar rock, Rzeznik's lyrics however are the most poignant they've been in a long time and sound quite personal, especially on the albums most emotional number "Notbroken"
There's no real heavy rocker on this record, (the Goo's have never been a hard rock band anyway) opening track "Sweetest Lie" has a catchy riff and could be considered a single, (sounds a bit like U2) as could the awesome title track, but for me the best song on here is "Nothing is Real," wonderful acoustic moments and a great melody.
Bassist Robby Takic takes lead vocals on tracks "Now I Hear" and "Say Your Free," something which the Goo's have been doing for a long time, although I always find those tracks the weakest moments, I did on previous albums anyway.
Overall though, "Something For The Rest Of Us" is an highly enjoyable record, it's a mature, grown up sound with meaningful lyrics. I expect it to sell better than 2006's "Let Love In."
Only 'Let Love In' was a true disappointment. Upon it's release in 2006 I really thought the band had lost their way. Yes there were highlights such as 'Stay With You' and 'Can't Let It Go' but for the most part it was a below average effort...too soft, uninspired and most of the songs sounded the same.
Now here we are in 2010 and finally the Goo Goo Dolls have released the long overdue follow-up, 'Something For The Rest Of Us'. All I can say is this album is a lot better than the previous one. The songs offer much more variety and have more life in them, flowing with emotion but also energy which was lacking on 'Let Love In'. Of course the band have matured and it is certainly not a return to the youthful, upbeat rock of 'A Boy Named Goo' or 'Superstar Car Wash'. But at the same time I can't help but be delighted that they've recovered some of the brilliance we all know they are capable of.
The album gets off to a flying start with 'Sweetest Lie', a good choice for an opener and slightly different from anything they've done before, sounding very much like an upbeat U2 song with the chanting chorus and Edge-like guitars. It is different but it's powerful...and most of all it works.
From here on we have mainly power ballads and soft rock songs that each have their own distinctive sound.Read more ›
Something for the Rest of Us has a number of songs that share more or less the same style, with a few more experimental songs. The album sounds very fresh and new for a band that's been around for 25 (!) years. Inspiration and main theme of the album is the uncertain time of the United States right now, when looking at the emotions of average Americans. The financial crisis as well as the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are, although not mentioned literally, clearly present in the lyrics.
The album shows that the band have grown when compared to earlier albums. The album has a much more adult sound. The only negative thing about this album is the lack of a true "rocker", however almost every song has a harder part that rocks and shows how well this bands masters it's instruments.
Personal favorites are Still Your Song, Nothing Is Real and the heartbreaking Notbroken.
PS: Get the album's deluxe edition, it comes with covers of Flesh For Lulu's Postcards from Paradise and Pete Townshend's Rough Boys. The last one has bassist Robby Takac singing and it shows once again that John Rzeznik isn't the only singer in this band.
Sweetest Lie - 9/10 Great Upbeat rocking start to this album. Clear U2 influences here, Great album opener and will be a great show opener on tour as well.
As I Am - 8/10 Nice sombre song which sets the general mood of the album.
Home - 9/10 First single is a catchy rocker that Goo Goo Dolls are brilliant at! It also show's Johnny Rzeznik's capabilities as a vocalist.
Not Broken - 10/10 This song is brilliant got a very uplifting arena size presence my personal favourite on the album.
One Night - 10/10 Amazing ballad this is The Goo Goo Doll on top form!
Nothing Is Real - 8/10 Great song!
Now I hear - 8/10 Robby (bass player) sang on this one its another good song from him.
Still Your Song - 8.5/10 Nice lyrics and great tune!
Something For The Rest Of Us - 9/10 Another strong sombre song I loved it!
Say You're Free - 8/10 Robby's second song he sings on this is more of a punky song reminiscent of earlier goo goo dolls material I really enjoyed this one!
Hey Ya - 8/10 Interesting sounding song a little different from usual but very good.
Soldier - 10/10 Stunning closer to the album its got a real emotional feel to it and it takes a few unpredictable twists and turns a well thought out song!
If you like there more recent material get this album, it's definitely a step up from let love in which I personally loved! I would put it in my top 3 favourite Goo Goo Dolls album! I highly recommend buying this!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I absolutely love the Goo Goo Dolls, seriously a fantastic album.
The only spoilers for me are the songs NOT sung by John Rzeznik. Read more
Much as I love the GGD and always have, this isn't one of the better entries.Published 15 months ago by Long_Hair
As I am a fan, it is obvious that I will rave about this album but it is a goody.Published on 17 Oct. 2013 by MarkMck
Enjoyable listening and brings back lots of memories from younger days. Since discovering that it was the Goo Goo Dolls that sung a favourite song I have been a fan of the groupPublished on 22 July 2013 by Teeen
Good music,good value great to chill to for the Goo Goo Dolls fans. Hope the next one is just as great as this.Published on 5 Jun. 2013 by iris nelson
Second of the goo goo albums i've listened to now, i love it. Looking forward to the new album being releasedPublished on 4 May 2013 by Angel
The CD arrived in perfect condition. Every song well crafted. Love this band. 'Soldier', 'Home', 'Not broken', just simply magnificent.Published on 5 Dec. 2012 by Per Ception