In the 30 years that they’ve been in the music industry, Goo Goo Dolls have sold over 12 million albums and are remarkably releasing their 11th studio collection, which is the follow-up to 2013’s disappointing ‘Magnetic’. They remain a popular live draw, as evidenced by a tour schedule which sees them spending nearly three months playing North American dates.
After their tuneless last release, it is a relief that by the end of the first chorus of ‘Over And Over’ it is clear that the ‘Dolls have regained their mojo. With a guitar line that could be by The Edge, it is radio-friendly anthemic rock which has been successful for the outfit for some time. Sydney Sierota lends a hand on the upbeat duet of ‘Flood’, while ‘Reverse’ and ‘Long Way Home’ are further evidence that the band are experts in their admittedly safe-feeling field. As is standard on a Goo Good Dolls album, bassist Robby Takac takes vocals lead on a couple of tracks, and as usual, they are not the best on the record, but by his standards ‘Free Of Me’ is a decent effort.
The stand out moments of this collection are ‘So Alive’, in which a subtle piano line combines well with the stomp of the rest of the track, and the title piece ‘Boxes’. Let’s be clear, it won’t surpass their magna opus ‘Iris’, but it is a great song which should come to be regarded as one of the best in their extensive catalogue. It gradually builds into a sweeping juggernaut of a sing-a-long, comfortably their best moment of the last decade, and is the biggest indicator that the band are back to form