Something For The Rest Of Us (Warner)
If you remember the Goo Goo Dolls as that unfashionable Buffalo-born trio wearing jammer shorts and bursting onto the mid-90s rock scene with a high-octane, undeniably catchy power pop sound, you might take some solace in their new album’s hard-driving opening track, Sweetest Lie.
But from there it’s right back to the kind of borderline adult contemporary schmaltz (Notbroken, As I Am) the band embraced post-Dizzy Up The Girl, which included their super-smash ballad, Iris. Dizzy’s producer, Rob Cavallo (Green Day), as well as 90s big cheese Butch Vig, were enlisted to work on Something after a finished version with producer Tim Palmer was in the bag. Maybe the label was hoping to get back some of the Goo Goos’ 90s magic, but that doesn’t happen.
Top track: Sweetest Lie