Every Man For Himself

  • 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. AJ
    Jun 8, 2006
    6
    decent, not great... but decent - in particular lead single "If I Were You" and "If Only" - two standout moments.
  2. MattD.
    May 24, 2006
    5
    Being catchy doesn't automatically mean being good. Such is the case with Hoobastank.
  3. GlennO
    May 28, 2006
    4
    Very disappointing! A real let down from their last work, which was filled with addictive catches.
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]