Album review: Goo Goo Dolls – Magnetic

By on June 9, 2013

MagneticgooReleased: June 11, 2013

Label: Warner Bros.

HHM Rating:

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If you stopped paying attention to this Buffalo, New York trio when they started writing light-hearted jitters: remain on present course. You’ll find no “Iris” gloom here. Ten LPs in, Goo have completely traded black balloons for baby blue sparklers: rocking somewhere in between Boys Like Girls on a soft day (“When The World Breaks Your Heart”), Train at their most radio-friendly (“Slow It Down”) and vibrant, Disney synth-rock (“More Of You”). “Cover me with kisses dear/Lighting up the atmosphere,” John Rzeznik sings on “Come To Me”—Magnetic’s most insufferable, sunny love-gush, which suddenly isn’t so insufferable; once hit with the next track “Bringing On the Light” (one of the band’s worst Takac shots)—where the Dolls explain “This little place we used to go, took the place of what we didn’t know/It’s like a magic show,” before unexpectedly bursting into an out-of-place, hell-bent solo (of sorts). @MattCrane

Magnetic is available fore pre-order on iTunes today.