The Reason

The Reason

by Hoobastank


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/09/2003
Label: Island
UPC: 0602498608814
catalogNumber: 000148802

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

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The Reason 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 66 reviews.
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This album is freaking awesome!!!!!! If you loved the first one (if you hated the first one) I recomend buying this album! It's awesome!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Reason is awsome!!! Every song is addicting! I think that almost everybody can relate to their lyrics. I am addicted to it, and my mother kows the lyrics, and likes it too!!! You will LOVE this CD even if you have never heard of Hoobastank! Go, buy it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I bought the first cd I was hooked by the overall sound. This group is one to keep your eye on.The Reason is even better than the first. A much mature effort by the band they are really solid on this release.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This band that stared in '95 has went from a ska saxophone sound to a clear rock sound. Hoobastank, who have been captured in one of their close friend's image, Incubus, has found a way to break a way and prove they have their own voice, and they aren't afraid to "Let it out". Track 9, "Let it Out" has a similar but unique sound to the new hit song, "Out of Control" this song is inspired to go a head with all of your feelings to be true to yourself. Track 8, "The Reason" starts off a bit country but the meaning keeps you going. This is one of the softer songs on the album, but it still is very strong song, and could be the next hit. Track 4,"Escape" takes off a few notches heavier then "The Reason", but creates it's own voice. It opens with a drum solo and crashes into a puckish guitar and bass riff. Douglas Robb (vocals) hits a soft tone that makes this song one of the best songs recorded on The Reason. Track 5, "Just One" has an annoying siren for a one second opening, but is soon devoured by Drummer Chris Hesse who jams to the siren; Guitarist Dan Estrin's jumps in with one crazy guitar riff, and Bassist Markku Lappalainen fallows. Robb's voice echoes through out the song and makes this song not only unique, inspiring, but gives the entire album brouhaha in take that leaves every one craving for more. The Reason is one album you won’t want to jettison out of your Christmas list this year.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is great. The music is amazing and the lyrics are just as good. It is a must buy for all music lovers. The songs sound better live, which is something you can't say about all bands.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hoobastank is a rockin band and this cd just explains why. Lucky is an all time favorite. the songs are all incredibly amasing. the songs can get rid of an anger you have and push you to a new happy mood. and i recommend it to any hoobastank fan. stay out of control guys!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd was number one on my christams list to.. Hoobastank never let me down w/ the sound of there music
Guest More than 1 year ago
this cd is probably the best one out there today. it has no profanity and a great message!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hoobastank's new cd is just as good as the first! Every track is really great. You won't have to skip to find good songs. I know whenever I listen to it, it takes me to another world. I zone out and all I hear is Doug's sexy voice and amazing beats! If you are only buying one cd this year, buy this one! It's the best cd out there!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hoobastanks new CD 'The Reason' is the BEST CD!!! I can't stop listening to it! I love the style changes between songs and all of the emotion!!! I'll have this CD on repeat for a LONG time!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this cd is a definite step up from their first cd. i enjoy both, but "the reason" is a maturing sound for hoobastank. the songs are intense both emotionally and lyrically. you can tell that doug robb has had heartbreak in the past, but is recovering by having millions relate to his songs. the chords and flow of the album is beyond amazing. they showed that they are not stopping nor slowing down anytime soon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
its a really cool mellow cd with a few songs that feed aggression and hyperactivity its an awesome cd
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.)
Guest More than 1 year ago
The sophomore hoobastank album is incredible. Too many artist try too update their image but when your original image is good why change? Hoobastank has done a great job of sticking to what they know. They have made a great rock album that any kind of rock fan can enjoy, good job guys!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Between myself and the majority of my friends we found The Reason to be extremely good. It doesn't stray from their bands rock roots, but at the same time the songs are deeper and more heart felt. The first time I heard The Reason both me and friend were tearing up. We haven't stopped listening to the cd since we got it it goes everywhere with us. Softer than Hoobastank debut albumn, but still just as good. Check it out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this album is packed with great tunes that everyone can enjoy. from the sapy love song type to the person who needs hard rock, hoobastank comes through for there fans with an exploseve follow up album to there platnum album wich was self titled. the work on this album was extremly tight and made use of alot or resorses that hoobastank didnt use in there first album, like many more string instriments. i recomend this album to friends and family, and recomend this for whoever might be reading this reveiw.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Reason by Hoobastank, is one of there best albums yet. I am a huge Hoobastank fan, there music is awesome and this cd should be owned by everyone!!! Its a great variety of music and expresses who they are. Check it out its awesome