12 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

It’s been more than two years since Hoobastank released Every Man for Himself, and in many ways they sound like a different band now. On For(n)ever the guitars are heavier and the overall sonic attack is edgier and more aggressive. It’s not that they’ve completely abandoned the loud-soft-loud dynamic that has served them well since their major-label debut in 2001, but they've embraced their strengths here and created an album light on frills. They offer fewer hooks and more straight-ahead, post-grunge rock, with huge guitars, thick riffs, and pounding drums as on “All About You,” “Sick of Hanging On,” and “Who the Hell Am I?” Even on the slower tunes lead singer Doug Robb strains his vocal chords in an attempt pull the maximum intensity from each line. Having sold about five million records thus far, Hoobastank have already developed a loyal following, and most of those fans will find much to pump their fists about in For(n)ever.

EDITORS’ NOTES

It’s been more than two years since Hoobastank released Every Man for Himself, and in many ways they sound like a different band now. On For(n)ever the guitars are heavier and the overall sonic attack is edgier and more aggressive. It’s not that they’ve completely abandoned the loud-soft-loud dynamic that has served them well since their major-label debut in 2001, but they've embraced their strengths here and created an album light on frills. They offer fewer hooks and more straight-ahead, post-grunge rock, with huge guitars, thick riffs, and pounding drums as on “All About You,” “Sick of Hanging On,” and “Who the Hell Am I?” Even on the slower tunes lead singer Doug Robb strains his vocal chords in an attempt pull the maximum intensity from each line. Having sold about five million records thus far, Hoobastank have already developed a loyal following, and most of those fans will find much to pump their fists about in For(n)ever.

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