Mixed or average reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic 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. Hoobastank's newest album has more of the same, mingled with some energetic, inoffensive, mostly forgettable harder rocking tunes. [16 May 2006]
  5. 50
    There's something undeniably irritating but strangely satisfying about lyrics so baldly declarative, especially over riffs this explosive. [Jun 2006, p.144]
  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]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. alexf
    Jul 25, 2007
    Very Very boring. Sounds like Nickleback.
  2. sreedharc
    Sep 7, 2006
    I didn't get it, why there are so many bad reviews about this album. I honestly think this is one of their best, i would go great lengths to say this is the best yet. When i first bought the CD i have only listened to this single album over and over again for couple of days. In fact, i am playing whilst writing this. It's hard enough on them that the album was leaked on the WWW before on sale in the stores, these reviews did nothing but encourage buyers away from this stores. well, people said they sound the same. But the first two also sounded the same. Common if you listen to a very popular rock band song (even without the vocals) you realise it's by so and so. That proves they also sound the same then why they are very popular. That's just because the media..Hard luck Hoobastank. Full Review »
  3. KunalM
    Aug 2, 2006
    Fantastic album, dont know why its being criticized so heavily...while i agree they havent experimented in a big way, why should they do that just to prove a point to reviewers? Full Review »