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  • Summary: The unfortunately-named Agoura Hills, Calif. rockers--now down to a trio after losing their bassist--return with a third album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. It's hard to find a track that won't get fists pumping or cigarette lighters waving.
  2. Hoobastank balances heavy riffs with dark existentialism and hooks that closely imitate that of its breakthrough hit.
  3. But even if Every Man for Himself was constructed with the mainstream in mind, it likely won't win any new converts, since at their core Hoobastank remains unchanged: their songs aren't particularly dynamic or catchy, the band doggedly follows alt-rock conventions as if adherence to clichés gives the group legitimacy, and Robb's pedestrian voice alternately disappears into the mix or veers flat when he holds a note.
  4. 50
    There's something undeniably irritating but strangely satisfying about lyrics so baldly declarative, especially over riffs this explosive. [Jun 2006, p.144]
  5. Hoobastank's newest album has more of the same, mingled with some energetic, inoffensive, mostly forgettable harder rocking tunes. [16 May 2006]
  6. It’ll work pretty damn well in the car at 60mph, but that’s about it.
  7. Nearly every cut shoots for maximum radio mileage, and the album's lack of stimulation makes such pandering harder to overlook. [20 May 2006]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13