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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
  1. JeremieL
    Jun 20, 2006
    Only a word...WOW! I listen ones a day.
  2. 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? Expand
  3. 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. Expand
  4. Reaper
    May 25, 2006
    Okay, I really have to speak up about critics that get paid to give their opinion which is what we are doing and for some reason, we don't get paid. And why are they allowed to not like a certain genre of music but still get the opportunity to knock the music in a negative way. I am not a fan of certain forms of music and you won't see me on here ripping on something that might be great to others who know that style of music. Is it fair to give something a low score if you don't know anything about it? I gave this cd an 8 because the first 6 songs are very catchy, and the second song has one of the best openings I have ever heard in a song. It's very intense! The rest of the cd has great songs, but they don't have that spark that the first six have. These guys have their own style and atleast they don't carbon copy all of these other voices and styles of music, because in the alternative, indie rock world, that to me will receive a low score. Every song sounds different, you can here the words over the music. This cd deserves better reviews than this. Expand
  5. AJ
    Jun 8, 2006
    decent, not great... but decent - in particular lead single "If I Were You" and "If Only" - two standout moments.
  6. MattD.
    May 24, 2006
    Being catchy doesn't automatically mean being good. Such is the case with Hoobastank.
  7. alexf
    Jul 25, 2007
    Very Very boring. Sounds like Nickleback.

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