By Thomas S. Orwat Jr.
The multi-platinum selling, top 40 chart dominating band, the Goo Goo Dolls, have returned with their tenth studio release, entitled "Magnetic”. This eleven track album is mature, sophisticated, and contains some of the most impressive songwriting of the band's career, proving that the GGD's are still one of the most talented and relevant bands in music today. On “Magnetic”, band members John Rzeznik- vocals/guitar, Robby Takac- bass/vocals and Mike Malinin have practically reinvented themselves without losing their identity, or sacrificing their integrity, which is an accomplishment that not too many bands can successfully pull off.
The GGD's main songwriter, John Rzeznik, is in a class of his own when it comes to songwriting, and he shines on this release. Rzeznik has written so many hits that he could justifiably phone it in for the rest of his career if he wanted to. But, he has way too much pride in his craft and refuses to rest on past accomplishments. And, although some may ridiculously accuse him of “recycling” some of his lyrics, the truth is that Rzeznik utilizes his comfort words and phrases in the same way that any great musician would intelligently re-work their signature riffs or chord changes.
“Magnetic” kicks off with the first single, "Rebel Beat" which is an extremely catchy, high energy, sing–a-long pop song. However, it is by no way the best track on this release. There are at least 5 more radio-friendly songs that could be huge singles. “Come to Me” and “Bulletproofangel” are beautifully composted ballads that will cause “soccer moms” across the country to again swoon over Rzeznik’s profound and heartfelt words. The closing track, “Keep the Car Running” is a great rock track with an infectious chorus and insightful lyrics. This song will be a great addition to their live show.
And mention must be given to bassist Robby Takac’s outstanding track “Bringing on the Light.” The song starts off with just his vocals and piano, and then explodes into an energy filled, hard-rocking anthem. This could be one of Takac’s best songs ever, and adds a different sonic dynamic to this release.
The GGD’s are at the top of their game with “Magnetic”. In comparison to recent releases from two of their most popular contemporaries, Bon Jovi and Matchbox Twenty, the GGD's triumph with a much more musically fulfilling record. This band has been going at it since 1985, and this release is just another step up in their incredible career.