Release Date: Jan 27, 2009
Record label: Island
Genre(s): Rock, Pop, Alternative
The parenthetical "n" in the title of For(n)ever isn't merely a piece of clever typography, it's an indication of what Hoobastank's fourth album is all about, for For(n)ever is tied together by the notion that nothing lasts forever...or more precisely, whatever relationship singer Doug Robb just finished sure didn't last forever. For(n)ever is a breakup album at its purest, teeming with regret, anger, and recriminations but little guilt, as there's little question that Robb believes he's the wronged party. He finds incriminating letters tucked away behind the bed, discovers that "[The] more you speak/The less I care about you," wonders "Who the Hell Am I?" now that the relationship has sputtered to a halt.
Remember these guys? They ruined the summer of 2004 when their whiny power ballad The Reason inexplicably became a number-one hit. Now they're back with their new record, For(N)ever (pronounced "for never"), which is actually an apt title, because you should never listen to it. Their un-evolved post-grunge alt-rock is just another shitty sonic time capsule from 1998.