Every Man for Himself

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Decent but cliché-ridden pop rock.

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Positive Messages
Violence
Sex

One song is called "Inside of You" and is about what it sounds like.

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there's some gleeful sexual innuendo (the song "Inside of You" speaks for itself) in the midst of a whole lot of rock & roll clichés.

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Adult Written byxtrole October 23, 2009

If you show to kids, skip "Inside of You"

If you are a hoobastank fan it still wouldn't hurt to skip this album. While most of the songs are lyrically fine (although not musically so) "Inside... Continue reading

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What's the story?

Close your eyes and hold the insert to Hoobastank's EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF CD in one hand. Without looking, open to any random page and point to the song lyrics with your other hand. OK, now look. Whether it's "I stand before a road that will lead into the unknown, at least unknown to me," "You seem to find the dark when everything is bright/you look for all that's wrong instead of all that's right," or "I am not the next of them, I am the first of me," you are just about guaranteed a dose of bad poetry, or at least a tried-and-true rock & roll cliché. If This Is Spinal Tap were remade for this generation of rock fans, the producers could do far worse than to employ the members of Hoobastank to write the music.

Is it any good?

Bloated and self-indulgent to the point of absurdity, Every Man for Himself offers promising emo-indie-pop parody opportunities galore. The CD also offers some catchy hooks and fine performances. Hoobatank's third studio album is slick and polished; Howard Benson's heavy-handed production vision includes strings, accordions, horns, disco beats, and acoustic guitar tracks. The band members come through with sincere, accomplished playing and singing. The result is a more varied and ambitious product than previous albums might lead us to expect.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the band's use of interesting sound effects and sound bytes. Do they add or detract from the music?

Music details

  • Artist: Hoobastank
  • Release date: May 16, 2006
  • Label: Island
  • Genre: Rock
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No

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