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August 19, 2017   |   Ithaca, NY

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Review: Hoobastank Hoobastinks with ‘Fight or Flight’

Yesteryear’s Hoobastank was a powerful force in pop music. “The Reason” dominated airwaves and was stuck in the collective consciousness of everyone with a television or radio. This is a far cry from the Hoobastank of today, which records bland songs that offer little entertainment for even the most devoted fans.

After taking a three-year break from making new music, the alt-rock trio released its fifth studio album, “Fight or Flight,” its most compositionally lazy and least adventurous endeavor yet. From start to finish, “Fight or Flight” is chock full of overdone hard rock tedium and boring power ballads.

The opening song, “This Is Gonna Hurt,” is a track laced with static and fuzzy bass underneath dull lyrics. The three-minute-and-50-second snooze-fest is driven by lead singer Doug Robb’s incredulous growl, detaching the listener from the original, hard rock intent of the track.

Sadly, “This Is Gonna Hurt” is the standout track of the album. None of the other 10 songs can match the track’s unconvincing intensity, and the cliché ballads seem like filler for the more pounding tracks.

Hoobastank seems to spew out songs in a desperate attempt for some cash, making “Fight or Flight” a truly disappointing album from a once-popular band.

Overall rating: 1 star

Hoobastank released their fifth studio album ‘Fight or Flight.’