• Record Label: Island
  • Release Date: May 16, 2006
User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 22
  2. Negative: 4 out of 22

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  1. HoobaWhat?
    Jun 2, 2006
    3
    Reaper, you've got it all wrong - Hoobastank doesn't constitute a genre - they are just a major label mainstream 'alternative' band creating utterly average (or below average) music. How could anyone who owns a radio or listens to music "not know anything about it?" This isn't original music, don't you remember how Hoobastank hopped on the scene after Incubus Reaper, you've got it all wrong - Hoobastank doesn't constitute a genre - they are just a major label mainstream 'alternative' band creating utterly average (or below average) music. How could anyone who owns a radio or listens to music "not know anything about it?" This isn't original music, don't you remember how Hoobastank hopped on the scene after Incubus hit it big? This CD highlights what's wrong with mainstream radio-rock fare - the hooks wear thin after a couple listens, and it is painfully obvious how the songs are 'engineered' to gain repeated radio play. Anyone who finds this music catchy, daring or expressive needs to get out a little more and listen to a broader range than a few FM radio stations. Expand
  2. AdamW
    Jul 29, 2006
    2
    Another generic cd from hoobastank. Their cd's keep getting softer and softer. Their faster tunes were the only thing that kept this crap bareable in the first place. Nothing creative nothing new. Just ..........
  3. GlennO
    May 28, 2006
    4
    Very disappointing! A real let down from their last work, which was filled with addictive catches.
  4. alexf
    Jul 25, 2007
    1
    Very Very boring. Sounds like Nickleback.
Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. 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 clich├ęs gives the group legitimacy, and Robb's pedestrian voice alternately disappears into the mix or veers flat when he holds a note.
  2. Nearly every cut shoots for maximum radio mileage, and the album's lack of stimulation makes such pandering harder to overlook. [20 May 2006]
  3. 50
    There's something undeniably irritating but strangely satisfying about lyrics so baldly declarative, especially over riffs this explosive. [Jun 2006, p.144]