Hoobastank: The Reason
By: Traci Curtis
"Sophomore curse." Two
very scary words in the music world. Good thing for Hoobastank
they jumped right over it with The Reason. Thanks goodness---
a band that actually has talent!
Hoobastank's follow up
to their self-titled debut offers a variety of tempos. They used
to be compared to their childhood friends, Incubus,
but they have out shined them this time. Three tracks from the CD
are on the radio already with The Reason being the most obvious.
Several formats are playing this amazing song (yes, I cried the
first time I heard it) and the video is on constantly. Props to
the band for not going the standard route with the video!
Out of Control
is incredibly up tempo and almost exhausts the listener thinking
how hard the band had to work. Same Direction is hitting
the airwaves now and should do quite well. I loved The Reason
for months (until it got so much airplay) and now my favorite
track is Unaffected. Another fun song is Never There
which features a cool guitar pick up selector switch (okay, my guitar
playing hubby told me that one--- I just know it sounds "cool")
The band is touring the
U.S. this summer and then is headed to Europe in the Fall.