Hoobastank
Push Pull


2.5
average

Review

by Simon.K CONTRIBUTOR (208 Reviews)
May 25th, 2018 | 66 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Aimless pop-rock with a couple of decent moments.

Fans of Hoobastank will be pleased by how Push Pull has turned out. Continuing on from where Fight or Flight left off, there’s not much in the way of sonic deviation but songs like “Don’t Look Away” and “Buzzkill" provide the usual Hoobastank layout with leading contemporary band stylings being peppered over them, ala the Royal Blood verse of driving, fuzzy and grooving bass and edgingly catchy vocal work. In fact, the whole album has a bedrock focus on rhythm, using vibrant guitar tones and funky licks to accommodate the main body of prominent drum and bass heavy tracks. It’s fan service through and through, and has them sticking to their comfort zones as if their careers depended on it, but subtle undertones of spice manage to keep the status quo somewhat fresh: “Head Over Heels” with its flanger effect and goth-rock, Echo and the Bunnymen influenced melodic mainstay does a nice job of keeping you alert; while the use of gloomy electronics and effects for tracks like “Fallen Star” and album closer, “There Will Never Be Another One”, result in ordinarily mundane radio-rock tunes being made that little bit more interesting.

That’s not to say this is a great album. Doug’s performance on here is iffy, suffering from some pretty dreadful lyrics and downright soporific melodic and harmonic choices. “Just Let Go” is a barebones piece that gives Doug the chance to flex his vocal chops, but the outcome sees his audience falling asleep as he fumbles about with a string of dull jingles; while “True Believer” sets off promising with its garage-rock styled riffing, quickly becomes repetitive and overstayed by the halfway mark due to Doug’s lack of perspective. Push Pull is clearly a fan of what Royal Blood is doing at the minute, that much is clear, but it lacks the knowhow to bring that level of intensity: hooks aren’t as snappy, riffs aren’t as gnarly, and the whole album feels far too laid-back to bring that kind of experience anyway. This record was produced by Matt Wallace and it speaks volumes about the album’s lack of direction; one minute it wants to jump into the bouncing heavy riffs, the next it wants to sound like a Maroon 5, U2 dominated pop album. As a result, Push Pull will appeal to Hoobastank fans and not much else. Even for fans of this sort of genre there isn’t a great deal present to warrant more than a couple of spins before realising you’ve heard everything it has to offer.

AVERAGE

FORMAT//EDITIONS: DIGITAL/̶/̶C̶D̶/̶/̶V̶I̶N̶Y̶L̶

PACKAGING: N/A

SPECIAL EDITION: N/A

ALBUM STREAM//PURCHASE: https://hoobastank.bandcamp.com/album/push-pull



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Snake.
May 25th 2018


20786 Comments


AOTY

Mentasm
May 25th 2018


567 Comments


I'm sorry that I hurt you

DoofusWainwright
May 25th 2018


20004 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

'give this push pull the heave-ho' would have been my review title

LethalPaintball
May 25th 2018


989 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

hoobastank had an album this year??



hoobastank hasnt broken up yet??????????????????????????????????????/

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DoofusWainwright
May 25th 2018


20004 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

they're not hooba-stank, they still hooba-stinkin' in the present tense

onionbubs
May 25th 2018


9192 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

god damn this was an ordeal to sit through

LethalPaintball
May 25th 2018


989 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

now i have morbid curiosity

DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
May 25th 2018


14570 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

haha this just falls into the inoffensive radio-rock pile of 2018 for me; and there's been plenty of those this year!

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dctarga
May 25th 2018


1443 Comments


hoobastank had an album this year??

hoobastank hasnt broken up yet??????????????????????????????????????

[2]

DoofusWainwright
May 25th 2018


20004 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Doc Gonz - you rate other music lower than this? How bad must that music be, morbidly curious to check your 1 ratings now

DoofusWainwright
May 25th 2018


20004 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Ok, you did rate the Jonny Davis a 1, good man

DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
May 25th 2018


14570 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i reserve my 1's for a special breed of album; it has to hit certain markers to achieve such a title -- like my 5's. anything like this or three days grace is just bland rock music that isnt bad as it is dull. stp is average but the reason i give that new record a 2, as opposed to a 2.5, is because its a super lazy rip-off with what its doing. as for mr. davis' new record, i was actually looking forward to it, but its atrocious on every level, from the music right down to davis' terrible vocal and lyric work, hence the 1 out of 5.

SowingSeason
Moderator
May 25th 2018


27503 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

I can't imagine what these guys sound like in 2018 but I'm about to find out. Good review!

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DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
May 25th 2018


14570 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

haha hope you fair better than the sput consensus!

Spacesh1p
May 25th 2018


7646 Comments


H 00 B 4 ST 4 N K

HOOBA

STANK

HOOBASTANK

SOOBAHTANK

HOOBA

STANK

HOOBA-STANK, HOOBASTANK

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H 00 BA

STAAAAAAAANK

Spacesh1p
May 25th 2018


7646 Comments


That word is a crime against the English language.

DoofusWainwright
May 25th 2018


20004 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

With the Davis I really got the feeling he had no chops for writing an interesting composition at all, it was all a load of sounds he liked and no meat.



Fucking meat free it was, wafty b'llocks and worse still - his vocals coated this meat free soup like a film of ten day old rancid spit

DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
May 25th 2018


14570 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

lmao



you have a way with words doof

DoofusWainwright
May 25th 2018


20004 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Is the cover art a depiction of the notorious HoobaSkank of legend?

Blizzink
May 25th 2018


96 Comments


HOO

BASTANK

HOO

BASTANK



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