Hopeless Romantic is the Bouncing Souls' fourth studio album, and it maintains the group's standard of catchy, party-ready punk-pop. The more serious moments can come off as a bit emotionally underdeveloped, partly because of the band's penchant for dealing with problems using jokey, ironic detachment elsewhere. Still, too much seriousness would sink the record's fun party atmosphere, and ironic detachment is what the Bouncing Souls do best. The songs that will likely leave the greatest impression upon listeners' memories are the more exuberant, uptempo tracks like "Bullying the Jukebox" and "¡Olé!," singalongs so blatant that their simplistic catchiness borders on excessive. There's also "Wish Me Well (You Can Go to Hell)," a spoof of male/female duets that may be a little obvious but injects a bit of endearing self-deprecation.
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I'm gonna start off by saying this: The Bouncing Souls are my favorite band. Ok, with that out of the way, this is their best album. All the 1980's references are still there, but you can feel an air of seriousness in a few of the songs. Night On Earth and The Whole Thing both come across as very deep and emotional songs. Greg Attonito's vocals are just as good as ever, and for once can be clearly heard on a well recorded cd. Pete rocks the guitar out flawlessly. the thing about this album, while not as heavy as their previous attempts, is that it is vert tightly done. You still get the live feeling, but for the first time in the history of The Souls, you can understand every word. For every-now-and-then fans, this is not the first album you should buy. However, if you are already a fan, this one just mayy become your favorite