The Goo Goo Dolls are back! Deal with it....
Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com
Can a hard charging jazz critic find true inner happiness reviewing what many are calling the next wave of corporate rock? Yes...
"Corporate rock" is an archaic term applied to a plethora of bands that all popped at the same time and include Boston, Journey, REO Speedwagon and Foreigner. That was then and this is now. The Goo Goo Dolls are older, wiser and poised to reclaim their rightful place as something more than a singles band with an album that embraces artistic growth and a more grounded approach to collaborative song writing.
Let's talk hits..."Rebel Beat" along with "Come To Me" and "Bringing On The Night" are just three gems that leap to mind. Long time fans will find plenty to cheer about while potential new fans will be introduced to a band that has mastered their evolution. Utilizing four different producers with the most notable in Rob Cavallo has allowed the band to explore a more textured approach to their craft and in doing so the commercial potential for literally half the release is unlimited. Commercial is not bad. Commercial pays the bills. There is nothing noble in being a broke ass musician playing bad clubs and state fairs in a half hearted attempt to recapture past glory while paying the rent.
Magnetic is a special release, not just for the band but for pop music fans you might find in Home Depot looking for a length of rope and rickety stool should they be treated to one more Justin Bieber record. This is a magnificent pop record in every possible sense of the word.
Tracks: Rebel Beat; When The World Breaks Your Heart; Slow It Down; Caught In The Storm; Come To Me; Your Heart; Bringing On The Light; More Of You; BulletProofAngel; Last Hot Night; Happiest Of Days; Keep The Car Running.