Back in 2006 I remember eagerly anticipating "Let Love In" following on from the back of 2002's excellent "Gutterflower," but in the end I was a little disappointed.
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."