Hoobastank
The Reason



Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: There’s a reason why I had not reviewed this, and the reason is youuuuuu!

This is not some stroke of artistic, creative genius/magnum opus. It is, however, a decently pleasant time. This pop-punk-lite alternative rock album is certified fresh despite the album’s age. Melodies, singing, even damn choruses are squeaky clean like a rubber ducky (cool rubber duckies squeak). Hoobastank deliver cleanly produced, sharp and effective beats with a bit of guitar slapping involved while throwing down that all-important Hoobastank in the process. It’s not everyone’s kink - much like their awkward band name - and it’s certainly not an original sound, but their formula has mild to medium potency. It does come with built-in pitfalls however.

Hoobastank have always seemed a divisive band to me. Their all-time popular album-titled single (a catchy song, you can’t deny it) has a bold mainstream direction which may sound like the band selling out; the same could be said about the album, which is a regurgitation of what was popular with kids at the time. Hoobastank don’t infuse much extra character beyond the norm. However, the music itself lightly spanks just enough to give a sore yet enjoyable tushy slap. The choruses are good enough and sometimes rock (see Same Direction, Out Of Control, and What Happened To Us?), the singing is quite nice if unexceptional, the lyrics are generic but not obnoxious, the melodies are stolen from every pop-punk song ever made and they sound lovely. It’s the perfect storm, there’s just enough good to counter the bad.

As a whole it isn’t a particularly memorable album. Aside from some standout tracks the album plays it safe with edgy guitars used to fill the space when needed and plenty bright choruses. There’s very little musical depth or personality here with tracks that sound like radio leftovers. The album is also entirely forgettable due to its lack of variety which is a shame because the tracks here are solid with choruses that kick it up. The album is front-loaded to Hell, after the first three stompers interest wanes and eventually disappears.

While Hoobastank may not have the chops of similar bands or be especially convincing as a metal band, they play safe, casually enjoyable rock. The Reason is not a special album, but there’s enough hooks to hook you along. Altogether, it’s not an album that deserves particular disdain, yet it’s not safe from the fire either. It succeeds as background music and doesn’t go beyond that. A few tracks remain solid but as an album it’s not worth diving back into the shallow pool.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
bloc
September 22nd 2022


69173 Comments


SCREEEEECH

*hits someone with car*

I'm not a perfect perrrrrsooonnnnnn

Pikazilla
September 22nd 2022


24555 Comments


bloc you're the reason

Scoot
September 22nd 2022


21462 Comments


crawling in the dark is a cool track but it's not even on this album

i fucking hate the reason

pizzamachine
September 22nd 2022


19438 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Beautiful thread thus far.

Cimnele
September 22nd 2022


2388 Comments


Hoob of stank

pizzamachine
September 22nd 2022


19438 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Hooba Hooba bebe

Zac124
September 22nd 2022


515 Comments


This band name confuses me.

mkmusic1995
September 22nd 2022


287 Comments


Boobie stank

StonedManatee
September 23rd 2022


349 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

The Reason is legit built around middle C on a piano… Same Direction and Out of Control are generic garbage. Hoobastank is the toxic waste dump exposed child who wanted to sound like Incubus or Deftones but were never capable of thinking outside the box. It is pop rock garbage that is responsible for radio rock in the 00s becoming a joke. It is on par with Nickelback post-SSU…

Kusangii
September 23rd 2022


4215 Comments


Hoobastinky

bloc
September 23rd 2022


69173 Comments


My wife still loves The Reason. The woman melts every single time she hears it

DadKungFu
September 23rd 2022


1939 Comments


"Aside from some standout tracks"

like what? Genuine question

pizzamachine
September 23rd 2022


19438 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The ones with the rockin’ choruses in para 2.

Minortimbo12
September 23rd 2022


501 Comments


Bloc you are not aloud to talk in this thread
YOUR THE REASON
ur the main character

peartnoy
September 23rd 2022


1845 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

What Happened To Us is legit a great song don't care what y'all say. The arrangement is wonderful and the vocal writing is top notch. Was also always a fan of the weird-ish syncopation in the chorus. Same Direction is also as much a banger as you could expect a band like Hoobastank to write.



The rest of the album didn't age as well though. I used to love this album but now it's just kinda fun. Still love that distinctive voice though, and I still have these memories of blasting Just One while wrecking shit in Simpsons: Road Rage back in the day.

pizzamachine
September 23rd 2022


19438 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Simpson’s Hit and Run goated for nostalgia.

peartnoy
September 23rd 2022


1845 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Hit and Run was really nice but I never actually owned it. Just rented it a couple times. But I remember being blown away by the fact that I was playing "GTA" with Simpsons characters.

Emim
September 23rd 2022


32805 Comments


The Reason might have the most simplistic intro of all time

Emim
September 23rd 2022


32805 Comments


Could not tell you another song from this album tho

altmjw
September 23rd 2022


17 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Review reads like a 2.5



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