After a four-year break, the Goo Goo Dolls have returned to the music scene with their latest album, Something For The Rest of Us. The album is the follow up to 2006's Let Love In. The band has been working on the album over the past couple years with producers Tim Palmer (U2), Butch Vig (Green Day) and John Fields (Paul Westerberg).
Something For The Rest of Us is proof why the Goo Goo Dolls remain popular with music fans. They know their audience, and even better, they know how to relate to their audience through their music.
"I wanted some of the material on this album to address the disillusionment of the difficult perirod we live in; I wanted to give a voice to the emotional uncertainty that accompanies hard times," lead singer John Rzeznik said in the band's press release.
"So many people are struggling to keep it together through tough economic conditions and two wars that seem to have no end in sight. The ones that bear the brunt of these burdens are everyday people. That's who I want to speak to."
The album opens with the upbeat track, "Sweetest Lie." The song should definitely be considered as the second single. The song is very relatable to anyone who has been with someone and not had it work out, but then finding themselves wanting to be with that person, even though they're probably not the one for them.
It is apparent on Something For The Rest of Us that the Goo Goo Dolls still know how to rock a love song. From "One Night" and "Still Your Song" to "Hey Ya," each of these songs have well-crafted melodies and sweet lyrics.
The stand out track of the album is the emotionally poignant, "Soldier." The final song rounds out the album with it's lyrics that could make you feel like the song is being sung directly to you.
Goo Goo Dolls' latest album, Something For The Rest of Us is available now. For more information on the Goo Goo Dolls, check out their website.