Sunday, March 27, 2011

Song Of The Week: 3/27/11

Song: "The Reason"

Artist: Hoobastank

Album: "The Reason"

Year: 2003

"The Reason" is a song about coming to the realization that you are not perfect and that mistakes you have made in the past most likely cost you the relationship you had with someone you care very much about. The vocalist cared so much for this person that he's willing to change his ways and become the person she always wanted him to be and perhaps the person she deserves. I get a sense in the song that he is too late and the relationship is over. Hoobastank formed as a band back in 1994, hailing from California. Their style is that of a pop orientated rock band. They draw several comparisons to a band such as Incubus, both in their music and their vocal style. While the band's 2001 self-titled album spawned some radio hits such as "Crawling In The Dark" and "Running Away", it was their 2003 album "The Reason" that really exploded for the band, mostly due to the success of the hit single "The Reason". This song was and is the band's highest charting single, eventually reaching number one on modern rock charts. The band's next two releases following "The Reason" were actually disappointments for the band. Though they weren't all together bad albums for the band, it just seemed they could not cross over with the public the same way "The Reason" did. Perhaps, national radio just decided to move on to "the next big thing" and left Hoobastank behind. Either way, the band is still very much active having released their last studio album in 2009, "For(N)ever". In 2010, the band also recorded an all acoustic album titled, "Is This The Day?". While this album was officially released in Japan, it has yet to be released in the United States for some reason. Currently, lead singer Doug Robb confirmed via Twitter that the band is planning on releasing an album at some point in 2011.

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