The Reason

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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
For The Reason, those nice suburban Californians in Hoobastank refine and shade in the concentric circles of their self-titled debut, but stay safely within its platinum figure eight. "Crawling in the Dark" was the contoured heart of that album. Its combination of enormous rock chorus and elastic dreamboat vocals made Hoobastank stars and established their sound -- not original, but firmly rooted in the rousing voice of Doug Robb and guitarist Dan Estrin's slick post-grunge concoctions. Despite the usual pressure to produce another "Crawling," the songwriting duo seems to have largely been left alone for The Reason. Naturally, the presence of boffo big producer Howard ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
For The Reason, those nice suburban Californians in Hoobastank refine and shade in the concentric circles of their self-titled debut, but stay safely within its platinum figure eight. "Crawling in the Dark" was the contoured heart of that album. Its combination of enormous rock chorus and elastic dreamboat vocals made Hoobastank stars and established their sound -- not original, but firmly rooted in the rousing voice of Doug Robb and guitarist Dan Estrin's slick post-grunge concoctions. Despite the usual pressure to produce another "Crawling," the songwriting duo seems to have largely been left alone for The Reason. Naturally, the presence of boffo big producer Howard Benson ensures the album's impeccable sonic accessibility. Robb's voice breaks at just the right time and for maximum emotional resonance, while the music ebbs and flows effortlessly between aggressive rockers and more introspective material. But for the most part, what you hear is what you get. Strings do pop up on a few songs, and here and there the harmonies seem too rich for reality. But these additional elements never overshadow the foursome's work. The strings punch up "Lucky"'s already uplifting chorus the acoustic verses are a nice touch, too, while they're a lush bed of down pillows for the somewhat sappy title track. It's not that Robb's words throughout The Reason aren't genuine. Lyrics like "I'm not a perfect person, I never meant to do those things to you," "So what should I do, just lay next to you as though I'm unaffected?," and "There has to be somewhere that we can be safe from the lives we live each day" are delivered with real feeling. However, Hoobastank is still reducing teen angst over love, escape, or a higher power to digestible phrases, and writing sandpaper smooth rock symphonies around those couplets. So it's a formula, and one that remains unchanged from the debut. But Robb, Estrin, bassist Markku Lappalainen, and drummer Chris Hesse are a better band now -- endless touring will do that. "Same Direction" and "Just One" are standout anthems, raucous and righteous all at once. Lead single "Out of Control" lets Robb and Estrin shriek and shred with some reckless yet still melodic and ready for radio aggression. Meanwhile, the other, softer side of the band is represented best by "What Happened to Us?" and the drifting departure "Disappear," which both unfold as much more focused versions of Hoobastank's sometimes clunky attempts at nuance think "To Be With You". In the end, The Reason is really a better version of Hoobastank, written and played by more mature versions of Hoobastank.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/9/2003
  • Label: Island
  • UPC: 602498608814
  • Catalog Number: 000148802
  • Sales rank: 15,049

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Same Direction (3:15)
  2. 2 Out of Control (2:42)
  3. 3 What Happened to Us? (4:00)
  4. 4 Escape (3:45)
  5. 5 Just One (3:19)
  6. 6 Lucky (3:00)
  7. 7 From the Heart (3:04)
  8. 8 The Reason (3:53)
  9. 9 Let It Out (3:18)
  10. 10 Unaffected (3:34)
  11. 11 Never There (3:03)
  12. 12 Disappear (5:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hoobastank Primary Artist, Group
Victor Lawrence Cello
David Low Cello
Rene Mandel Violin
Simon Oswell Viola
Mark Robertson Violin
Evan Wilson Viola
Michael Valerio Bass
David Mergen Cello
Dan Estrin Guitar, Group Member
Douglas Robb Vocals, Group Member
Chris Hesse Drums, Group Member
Markku Lappalainen Bass, Group Member
Shanti Randall Viola
Jamie Oliver Background Vocals
Ian Watkins Background Vocals
Sam Fischer Violin
Technical Credits
Vince Jones Pro-Tools
Duane Baron Pro-Tools
Howard Benson Producer
Keith Nelson Guitar Techician
Mike Plotnikoff Engineer, Pro-Tools
Louis Marino Art Direction, Illustrations
Casey Stone Engineer
R.J. Muna Cover Photo
Eric Miller Engineer
Gersh Drum Technician
Dan Estrin Composer
Douglas Robb Composer
Deborah Lurie String Arrangements
Eric Wong Marketing
Dan Adam Pro-Tools
Tom Baker Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The reason is a great song for everybody.

    It is a great song. I think that the lyric and the pitch is right on target.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Woah...

    This is an AWESOME cd! Full of songs that you can listen to on repeat for 3+ hours and not get bored (believe me, I've been listening to "Out of Control" everyday for at least 2 hours) The songs get to the point of no return once you find yourself air guitaring or drumming (again, I have been doing alot) along with the music. The lyrics are followable and the tune and beats vary from slower and calmer to Jump-on-the-bed-and-air-guitar fast. I would recomend this to almost anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great sound

    I used to think that there was an awfully contrived, calculated formula for the manner in which music actually gets to our ears. I mean- who decides what gets played and why- especially if the band is not known? Well, those questions still persist, but whatever their answer, I have to admit that sometimes the result is positive. After all, how else would I become familiar with the music of a group from Agoura, California?! In this instance, I heard "Reason" being played on HBO cable in the background of a promo for its original series. Couldn't resist the hook and with a little investigation found out that the song came from Hoobastank. I bought the CD (actually it's their second, but I wasn't aware of that) and the rest is history. This is a good band with a fresh sound. The vocalist is very capable with a sincere, emotional voice, while the music is driving and memorable. Sometimes reminiscent of straight-ahead pop (despite their claim to be alternative) the band still has an original enough approach to be distinct and rewarding. They're worth a listen. No apologies.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AWESOME!!!!!

    After seeing "The Reason" and "Out of Control" music videos and loving the songs sooo much, I decided to buy the CD. Let me tell you: IT'S AWESOME!!!!!! The music is loud and pounding, the vocals are sung nicely then growled. Sure, the music isn't heavy metal or anything, but it is still an excellent rock CD for any rock fan. So, listen to the samples, and if you like what you hear, then buy the CD: YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!!!!! (I sure wasn't.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Masterpiece

    This CD is a masterpiece of the rock genre. I only hope that this sophomore disc paves the way for even better releases by Hoobastank. My personal favorites are "What Happened to Us?", "Just One", and "Never There".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best!

    This CD appeals to all emotions. There are slow tracks like The Reason, and From the Heart (my favorite). There are also faster tracks like Out of Control. It is a good CD to listen to no matter what mood you are in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best cds ever

    This is one of the best cds ever!!! I love listening to rock like linkin park and three days grace and hoobastank is up there with the best of them I highly recommend getting this cd

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Every Reason to Buy

    Hoobastank has outdone their first album--if that was even possible. Their lyrics, guitar and drum melodies and vocals are amazing and precisely on key. They do not miss a beat and keep the listener entertained and transfixed for ours. It’s difficult to find an album in which you say you “love” every song, however I can say, without a doubt, that is the case with this album. I am greatly anticipating their next. I recently saw Hoobastank in concert at the McDonald Theater in Eugene, Oregon and I must say that they are amazing to see in person. They crow went wild, the band was amazing and overall it was the best concert I have ever been to. They worked the crowd well and I loved that they sang “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” for the ladies—very appealing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best by Far

    Gets you pupmed. Love listening to them! and bands alike!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bobbing of the head

    So I can not stop listening to this cd. It is awesome. I thought I was going to be disapointed when I bought the cd because they only played their most popular song on the radio. I just figured it was a one hit wonder. Well I was so wrong. I love all their songs, I sit at my desk and listen all day to the cd and bob my head or do some air drums. I love the words and definently recommend this cd to anyone. I have already bought 3 of my friends this cd for their birthdays.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    From a fan

    I never thought that this could compare even slightly to the first album. It's very different, but still amazing. If for nothing else, have faith in the lead's voice and buy the album blindly, like I did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    awsome

    i loved this band i first heard the song the reason on the tv channel the hits and since then i have heard it on radio 1. i have been meaning to get the album .and i am pleased that i have finally bought it .it was worth while as the songs are great i love all but one .out of control is ok.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Album Rocks!

    this is the best hoobastank c.d. I wanted this c.d so bad so when i went to barnes and noble i got a copy and can't stop listening to it.Their lyrics are emotional and positive and a good beat.go get a copy you want regret it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hoobastank: The Reason

    Despite the somewhat unapealing name, Hoobastank is a showcase of young, promising talent. The Reason, being their sophmore album, is everything a second album should be; an improvement on the first. Songs like Just One show the sincerity of Singer Doug Robb, while songs like From the Heart boast Dan Estrin's guitar talent. What's a song without a great base part like Markku Lapinnen's in Out of Control, and kicking drum-set parts get a song's beat branded in your head like Chris Hesse's in Escape. then it all comes together in The Reason. Clean lyrics are the final key to the appeal of this group.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Buy the Album

    This is by far the best Hoobastank album so far. It's got great beats and killer lyrics. I would recommend this album to anyone who has liked any of their earlier stuff.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    FREAKIN AWSOME!

    this cd is probably the best one out there today. it has no profanity and a great message!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hoobastank's The Reason is awesome!

    Hoobastank's The Reason would have to be one of the greatest CD's out for purchase right now! Doug Robb sings with sincerity on every song giving them more meaning. I recommend this CD to everyone! Good Job Hoobastank and keep it up!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hearts on their sleeves

    I think that this album is positivley great. It is so well rounded. It also seems to have a lot more emotion. They really wear their hearts on their sleeves on this CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Buy This Album!!!

    This is just such and awesome album. Their are very few cd's where I can say I love every single song. Buying this cd will be the best thing you ever do, you definately will not regret it. The emotion on this album is just unbelievable, you feel everything their playing. You have got to buy this album if you haven't already!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Must Have

    This is a wonderful C.D. They have fresh new songs and you can really just chill out to them or play them anywhere to get the party started. The vocalist has a great voice and the rythm is awesome. You must get this C.D.

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