Hoobastank – Every Man for Himself (2006)
This is the 3rd studio album by Hoobastank (15 tracks). The band has apparently developed into a more mature form, coming out with unique tunes and lyrics. The topics are still the same, which are like break-away, lead the way,…etc. A lot of people may find similarities among Hoobastank topics and those of bands like Linkin Park. Well, I think it’s true, but Hoobastank serve it in a more positive way, like giving advice/suggestions, while Linkin Park’s topics revolve around paranoia, schizophrenia, and even suicide, escaping from higher control and suppression.
This album has a lot of sound effects like army training, rain, kids playing, toy piano,…etc which is a new feature of Hoobastank. The guys, however, have not had enough with just these, but have also created great music. I’ll skip songs that are not that special…
- Born To Lead is a very straight-out song showing the band’s attitude of being for yourself. The army beats make this very unique.
- Moving Forward is a very positive song with a nice quote “I’ll take the first step of a million more, and I’ll make mistakes I’ve never made before, but at least I’m moving forward”.
- Inside Of You could be taken as a love song, or a message to the higher controller. Either way, it has a very unique beat and instruments. It’s one of Top 100 rock songs in the US.
- The First Of Me having the “I’m not the next of Them, I’m the first of Me” phrase is sometimes criticized for that very phrase. Well, it might seem weird, but I think it captures the message the band wanted to show very well. Plus, the song itself has… power.
- Good Enough is considered to be an all-time rock hit for the band. Heavy guitar tunes, solid beat, and moving lyrics.
- Without A Fight has a very quick and powerful rhythm and lyrics like “This is our time, without a doubt”.
- Don’t Tell Me plays on a very wise topic that I personally like which is “It’s not important what you say, but what you do”. Great.
- More Than A Memory is a very unique 7-minute song in that it has very prominent oriental/spanish tunes that we often use here in our Arabic music records. It’s going to be alien for western ears, and that’s what makes the song special. In addition to that, the lyrics are good too.
So here’s Hoobastank’s latest album which I’m sure is going to mark their success even more, and label them as a successful pop-rock band among many others.
Overall Rating: 8/10