Greatest Hits, Vol. 1: The Singles review by Goo Goo Dolls

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  • Released: Nov 13, 2007
  • Sound: 8
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.1 (35 votes)
Goo Goo Dolls: Greatest Hits, Vol. 1: The Singles
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Sound — 8
Although it seems that vocalist Johnny Rzeznik never ages in the slightest, the fact remains that the Goo Goo Dolls have been together for 21 years. They've endured while the music scenes has changed, and the band has marked the occasion by releasing the first of 2 compilations called Greatest Hits, Vol. I: The Singles. While both albums will have the Greatest Hits moniker attached to them, the focus for each is quite different. The 2nd volume, which is set for release in 2008, will feature rarities and B-sides, and it may be better suited for fans of the Goo Goo Dolls who want to get their hands on every recording they can. For the general public who wants to hear the ballads that propelled the band to #1 on the charts, however, Greatest Hits, Vol. I: The Singles is the one to purchase. There is really no chronological order to the 14 tracks on The Singles, but it hits on most of the highlights between 1995 and 2006. Ballads are the name of the game on the album, with the smashes Name and Iris being the most recognizable among the bunch. The band definitely has a way with coming up with catchy melodies and love-driven lyrics, and for the most part even the lesser-known ballads should click with fans. A few of the Goo Goo Dolls' more recent songs are covered as well, with Before It's Too Late released earlier this year on the soundtrack for the film Transformers. It does seem that the album is geared to a more sentimental audience, especially when you consider that one of the band's biggest rock hits is nowhere to be found. Long Way Down, originally from A Boy Named Goo and the Twister soundtrack, was one of the true rock and roll singles from the Goo Goo Dolls that hit it big -- even making it to #7 on the Mainstream Rock charts. Apparently the playlist on The Singles is for the Billboard crowd, however, and Long Way Down didn't make the cut. There is one track on the CD that veers slightly from the singles format. Feel The Silence was originally featured on the album Let Love In, but wasn't actually officially released as a single. The compilation contains a newly remixed version of the track, and it actually stands out more than some of the songs that did make it to the charts back in the day. While it feels somewhat like a few of the other ballads on the CD, it still has a strong enough melody to grab your attention.

Lyrics — 8
Love is the topic of choice on Greatest Hits, Vol. I: The Singles, but there is something universal and endearing about the words that Johnny Rzeznik chooses. In Iris Rzeznik sings, And you can't fight the tears that ain't coming; Or the moment of truth in your lies; When everything feels like the movies; And you bleed just to know you're alive. This song and all the others on the album may be a little too emotional for some listeners, but that sentimental side was really what enabled the Goo Goo Dolls to connect with a wider audience in the first place.

Overall Impression — 8
Even if they aren't rock-oriented enough for you, it's hard to not give the Goo Goo Dolls a little credit for staying alive through grunge, post-grunge, the return of metal, you name it. It's true that the band is more of a pop-oriented group with the number of love songs they write, but it's hard to dislike a song like Iris, which pure and simple, is a beautiful song. Most of the tracks follow a similar formula to Iris, and the album does tend to favor that style and paints the band as balladeers first and foremost. And although that may be what the majority of the public wants, it still would have been nice to hear a few more tracks that showed a different side to the Goo Goo Dolls.

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    Holden64
    Goo Goo Dolls Arent Good Enough To Have A Greatest Hits Album !?!?!?!?!?!? Anyone Who Says That Just Doesn't Know Cock-All About Music.... Seriously Anyone Who Doesn't Like The Goo Goo Dolls Seriously Needs To Listen To The Songs Carfully And Its Unbelievable How Many Times I Myself Have Compared There Songs With Real Life Scenarios, And Compared To Some Of These Fake, Pretentious Bands They Actually Can Write A Love Song With Emotion, And Although You Mite Think Thats Its gay, To Write Somthing As Brilliant As "Iris" You'd Have To Be A Genious.
    rocknrolldogs
    Goo goo dolls suck these days. That new song before its too late sucks. And Johnny is too soft hearted WTF is up with him. I saw him on that show and all i could think of was like, jesus? lol He needs to write another hit, he doesn't need a greatest hits, they just put out that live concert. Maybe they write a few more good songs. ANd whats up with RObby, he needs to go ahead and shut up. No more SINGING
    furph
    goo goo dolls have always been and always will be my favourite band of all time!! John Rzeznik is a legend!
    mdsmith1
    Goo goo dolls arent good enough to have a greatest hits volume. there not evcen good enough to have any album out at all. how do sucky bands like this get popular? bunch of freaking homos.
    JohnRzeznik221
    Xerothunder wrote: I friggin love the Goo Goo Dolls... one of the best bands of all time IMO, for being that good for 21 years.
    TOTALLY WITH YOU! MAN NOT MANY PEOPLE LIKE THE GOOS ON HERE BUT I'M GLAD I'M NOT ALONE ON THE GOO'S FAN TRAIN!
    JohnRzeznik221
    Man I love this album! They are soooo good live! You guys know that name is live on this album don't you? That would explain the acoustic-electric guitar sound. And Johnny Rzeznik is NOT hollywood people! Watch the next great american band! He isn't in love with himself like dicko and Sheila E. are! And The Goo Goo Dolls are the best band period! If you want where you got your Matchbox 20 and Rian Carera buy this album! its fully worth it!
    tyrogoo12
    The_Crunge..... is an idiot learn to read..... they have been together for 21 years....but it hits on most of the HIGHLIGHTS between 1995 and 2006
    Shinoda_Ex
    The_Crunge wrote: ...unless im very much mistaken 1995 to 2006 is only 11 years
    1987 - 2007
    Shinoda_Ex
    aliceinnirvana wrote: I used to like them, but Johnny Rzeznik is so Hollywood now. I don't know, they just disappoint me now.
    John Rzeznik is "so Hollywood"? He's one of the most humble guys in the music industry. He moved back to Buffalo, New York to find inspiration for his music.
    Dallen_007
    They need some older stuff here and I'd get it. Good in concert though. First show I ever saw.
    aliceinnirvana
    I used to like them, but Johnny Rzeznik is so Hollywood now. I don't know, they just disappoint me now.
    Powerhouse
    I'm glad this isn't the only greatest hits compilation they're putting out. This one CD only covers about 1/5 of their career. Robby (the bass player who looks like a mole) is nowhere to be found. Also, I'm a little disappointed We Are The Normal, Naked, and Flat Top didn't make the cut.
    Xerothunder
    I friggin love the Goo Goo Dolls... one of the best bands of all time IMO, for being that good for 21 years.
    demondown666
    im not into the goo goo doll stuff. im more for the metal genre. but iris is a good song anyways.
    sixhundredsix
    The band re-recorded 'Name' for this disk and it's even better than the original. Definitely pick this up or at least download the new version of 'Name' from iTunes.
    shmoper10
    -- even making it to #7 on the Mainstream Rock charts. that sounds like a hit to me