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Guest Author: Colleen Kinsey
The much loved Goo Goo Dolls are back with their new album, Boxes. They brought us the catchy anthemic pop rock tunes we love to belt out in unison with our friends, like ‘Iris’ and ‘Slide.’ The band released Magnetic in 2013, but the album left fans wanting more. Boxes reminds us why the Goo Goo Dolls have sold over 12 million albums and continue to bring screaming fans to concerts.
The first song on the album is ‘Over and Over,’ which gives us an upbeat tempo. The lyrics are about someone that has learned from their mistakes and has to start their life over again. The line, “old enough to know, young enough to live again,” gives us the idea that it’s never too late to leave everything and start anew. The catchy lyrics will have you tapping your foot, or singing along in the shower.
One of the hidden gems of the album is ‘So Alive.’ The subtle piano in the background adds an emotional vibe and makes it a repeat worthy song. ‘So Alive’ reminds us why we fell in love with the Goo Goo Dolls. It may be hard to compete with songs such as ‘Iris,’ but ‘So Alive’ is a good contender.
Sydney Sierota is featured in the duet, ‘Flood.’ She was formerly in Echosmith and her female voices adds a level of complexity to the album. It shows the band is willing to venture out of their pop rock comfort zone, though not too far.
‘Prayer in My Pocket,’ is the song you’ll be pleased to skip. The lyrics sound like a 90’s Christian Rock band and the tune is generic. The vocals are a bit too lackluster. You won’t find this song in a karaoke bar anytime soon.
The Goo Goo Dolls made a good attempt to reinstate themselves in today’s pop rock genre. The album has a few highs with the tracks ‘Over and Over,’ ‘So Alive,’ and ‘Souls in the Machine.’ You can sense the effort to make the songs radio-friendly.
6/10- Though Boxes has a few catchy songs, it doesn’t compare to their previous successes. It’s worth a listen, but also good as background noise.
Guest Post Author Bio – Colleen Kinsey
Colleen has a passion for guitars and ukuleles. She enjoys jamming, teaching, and getting others involved in music. Her website, Coustii, focuses specifically on guitars and ukes. Colleen loves to travel and uses her ukulele as a conversation starter on the road.