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Less: Lyrics that make you think
Add: Better melodies
However, the nice surprise about Hoobastank is that the lyrical shortcomings and lack of originality are almost completely offset by the hooks and melodies. This is a great album, in spite of the great debt that it clearly owes to Brandon Boyd and the err... boys.
The Reason doesn't really have filler. Every track has something to offer, and even the most mundane and samey tracks are elevated thanks to soaring choruses and great understated guitar riffs. If I was being picky I'd say that Lucky and Disappear don't really say anything that hasn't been said before, and Never There goes so deeply into Incubus-lite territory that it can't even be redeemed by a great tune and fantastic guitar work.
Everything else is of a high standard. The first few songs are all awesome, with the opening track just shading it in my book for pure catchiness. Of the more delicate songs (of which there are only three) Unaffected is the star. The title track is great, but has suffered from massive overplaying on the radio.
Overall, this is a worthwhile album. Hoobastank need to find their own voice, to step out of the shadow of more illustrious bands, but the sheer strength of songwriting here indicates they can do it, they simply need the courage to put out something less radio friendly and more challenging.