Hoobastank
Fight or Flight


3.0
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Review

by JerryCF USER (1 Reviews)
September 24th, 2012 | 23 replies | 7,069 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Maybe Hoobastank will not get back to the spotlight with another hit single as “The Reason” but Fight or Flight is definitely a return to form and a step in the right direction.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

It’s been approximately eight years since the last time Hoobastank had significant success with their second major studio album The Reason, especially with the title track. After releasing Every Man for Himself in 2006 and For(N)ever in 2009 with mixed results, they’re back with their fifth effort titled Fight or Flight.

On Fight or Flight, Hoobastank is able to make an improvement over their predecessors with a newfound confidence (probably with the exception of The Reason), using some elements from their previous albums and also new ones. Despite this fact, they still aren't an outstanding band from the post-grunge pack, they’re just a generic band that have a better execution of their instruments after 18 years of still being together.

The album opens with their first single and one of the best tracks, “This is Gonna Hurt”, possibly their heaviest song yet and also reminiscent of songs like “Crawling in the Dark” from their self-titled album; the follow up track, “You Before Me”, has a more mature feel about a relationship and is on the same vein of “Disappear” (The Reason) and “If Were You” (Every Man for Himself).

Following two strong tracks, “The Fallen” starts with some electronic touches but falls a little bit short because of the teen angst filled lyrics and a lack of a better direction; “Can You Save Me” and “No Destination”, which have similar lyrics, aren’t prominent tracks even with Dan Estrin playing on a low-key style instead of his typical power cords.

After some experimentation, “Slow Down” shows another mature side in relation to how to live your life and a heartfelt delivery from Doug Robb, resembling “Moving Forward” (Every Man for Himself). The next track, No Win Situation, could be comparable with songs like Same Direction or Just One (both from The Reason), although not the best. “Sing What You Can’t Say” is another deep song but not as powerful as “You Before Me” or “Slow Down”.

On “Magnolia”, a song about Doug Robb’s daughter, Hoobastank shine as a band showing some progression in every level and making it the most interesting and best track. “Incomplete” is a competent song that is along the lines of “You’re the One” from For(N)ever; lastly, “A Thousand Words”, is musically the weakest track but fortunately another genuine vocal performance prevents to end the album on a unsatisfying note.

As a result, Fight or Flight is a good album with a solid and more intimate display from Doug Robb and company, despite not having the immediacy or catchiness from The Reason. Even though they are now a better band and write less teen angst lyrics, they still need to learn how to make a more coherent album and also how to be better lyricists.

Maybe Hoobastank will not get back to the spotlight with another hit single as “The Reason” but Fight or Flight is definitely a return to form and a step in the right direction. If they continue with this tendency, they could release more consistent albums but it will depend of their need to keep getting better as musicians and as band.

Standout Tracks:
This is Gonna Hurt
You Before Me
Slow Down
Magnolia


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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
September 24th 2012



3336 Comments


good first review, pos for that. you can edit it a bit by joining some paragraphs together, because it looks a bit scattered towards the end. unfortunately these guys will most probably never step out of the shadows of The Reason. still, this might be good for the fans who've stuck with them since the beginning I guess.

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truekebabpower
September 24th 2012



639 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

thanks for confirming this album is as generic as everyone new it would be

I was just about to pos, when I noticed some HORRIBLE mistakes:

"they’re back with his fifth effort"

their?

"is musically the weakest track but fortunately another genuine vocal performance prevent to end the album in a unsatisfying note."

prevents ending the album on an unsatisfying note?


"Despise this, that doesn’t mean that they are now outstanding from the post-grunge pack"

WTF?

"After some experimentation, “Slow Down” shows another mature side in relation of how to live your life and a heartfelt delivery of vocalist Doug Robb"

relation TO


and these are just some of them dude...

Ponton
Emeritus
September 24th 2012



5784 Comments


single is kinda catchy

Willie
Moderator
September 24th 2012



15887 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

It's not bad. It's just more Hoobastank.

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truekebabpower
September 24th 2012



639 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

some of it's pretty good actually, but predictable as fuck, but that's hoobastank for you

Calc
September 24th 2012



12028 Comments


"they’re back with his fifth effort"

this grammar is correct since they're = they are

but Jerry you put "his" fifth effort like hoobastank is one dude.

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truekebabpower
September 24th 2012



639 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

that's what I meant yeah, dude doesn't seem to be here though

KILL
September 24th 2012



70621 Comments


lol fuckin terrible band

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XingKing
September 24th 2012



10083 Comments


With a name like Hoobastank, they were destined to fail.

Youtellme
September 24th 2012



1351 Comments


Shit band.

Will never listen to this.

truekebabpower
September 24th 2012



639 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

pretty much the right choice, wait for a greatest hits album, their heavier singles are pretty damn
catchy

henryChinaski
September 24th 2012



2687 Comments


Their first album was good :]

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
September 24th 2012



3347 Comments


I remember at one point I liked Hoobastank, may listen to this eventually

Buccaneer
September 24th 2012



692 Comments


i remember a time when it was cool listening to these guys...simpler times

MuhNamesTyler
September 24th 2012



3700 Comments


"they’re just a generic band with a better execution of their instruments after 18 years of STILL being together." lol

henryChinaski
September 24th 2012



2687 Comments


I saw them in 2002 supporting Incubus on the Morning View tour. They killed it. After The Reason came out everything went downhill haha

MuhNamesTyler
September 24th 2012



3700 Comments


So why are you runnning awaaaaay

8th grade

KILL
September 24th 2012



70621 Comments


wow

JerryCF
September 27th 2012



18 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

truekebabpower, thank you for your words about the mistakes but I think that you don't have the need to be very rude (maybe that's your style).

I know the meaning of despise, it was just a typing mistake.

By the way, English isn't my native language. It was a long time since the last time that I wrote something in English. I just need to practice more.

And to everyone, thank you for your comments.


Harshpoint
October 19th 2012



5 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I'm a longtime fan of Hoobastank. Been with them since I first heard Crawling in the Dark.

This is definitely a step in the right direction and a lot better than For(N)ever. That album was pretty forgettable.

The songs are catchy as hell and little less rock than in previous albums.. which I like.

Had to chime in because I feel people are quick to crap all over Hoobastank just because of the type of band they are. No, they're not Led Zepplin but they never claim to be.

Fight or Flight is a great album if you give it a chance.



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