Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Not So Stanky

More than just The Reason, a popular song about five years ago, Hoobastank has a fantastic sound that mixes melodic vocals and harmonies with fantastic technical musical skill (much like Journey), solid lyrics and story-lines within their songs (much like The Who), and a good, strong power punch in their non-ballad tunes (much like any good rock band). Much like Nickelback, Hoobastank has a penchant for including highly sexual matter within their lyrics and song inspiration, best utilized in their more powerful Inside of You

With the release of their fifth album, For(n)ever, the band has pushed beyond the realm of the one hit wonder, and established a catalog of quality rock n roll music. The strongest of the albums is easily Every Man for Himself, although The Reason was undeniably the most popular. From their debut album at the turn of the century, on to their latest at the end of the decade, this fearsome foursome delivers simple, flat out, no nonsense rock n roll.

I wanted to display the video for Born To Lead, but the embed is disabled, so you'll just have to click on the link. (Kind of a cool looking video, as it is). Instead, I decided to go with this cool acoustic version of "Crawling in the Dark" that I found, because it actually showcases Doug's voice well:

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