Hoobastank

For(N)ever (Island)


Rating: N


Remember these guys? They ruined the summer of 2004 when their whiny power ballad The Reason inexplicably became a number-one hit. Now they’re back with their new record, For(N)ever (pronounced “for never”), which is actually an apt title, because you should never listen to it. Their un-evolved post-grunge alt-rock is just another shitty sonic time capsule from 1998. All 11 tracks feature painfully predictable song structures and lethargic chord progressions devoid of anything resembling a hook. On one track, singer Doug Robb cries, “I’m sick of hanging on.” Then let go, buddy, because it’s over. Your band sucks. New album, but same old ‘Stank.

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Top track: I Don’t Think I Love You

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