Rock N’ Load – Goo Goo Dolls’ ‘You Should Be Happy’- EP Review

The Goo Goo Dolls are back! This time with a beautifully packaged five track EP You Should Be Happy, a follow up to their highly successful 2016 album Boxes. Immediately you get all the Goo Goo Dolls’ wholesome qualities from the get go. The opening track ‘Tattered Edge’ is an up-tempo and highly addictive number rich in melody and engaging hooks. It is everything you would expect from a band with the wealth of experience and quality of the Goo Goo Dolls.

A highly polished EP, production is as always first class. It was recorded at EastWest studios in Los Angeles, and produced by Drew Pearson (OneRepublic, Katy Perry) who first collaborated with the band on their most recent album, Boxes.  The first single off the EP, ‘Use Me,’ carries on that slick and melodic feel with this beautifully written number. Thumping bass lines and a magnetic vocal display from front man John Rzeznik will ensure this one is a winner on the airwaves.

‘30k’ and ‘Walk Away’ carry on with the captivating and skilful compositions ensuring their audience is fully wrapped up in Goo Goo Dolls goodness. A totally compelling EP, it’s hard to imagine any diehard Goo Goo Dolls fan not lapping this up. The EP ends with the utterly charming ‘Boxes’ with its Techno Trance intro and raspy vocal display once again from Rzeznik. It just pulls you into its huge and enslaving melody.

A band forever known for their global hit ‘Iris’ from the City of Angels movie soundtrack, this song propelled the band to stardom, as it stayed on top of Billboard’s Hot 100 Airplay charts for a record-breaking 18 weeks and spent 4 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Pop Songs chart. Later that year, it was nominated for three Grammy awards. All of the quality and appeal that found ‘Iris’ in the hearts and minds of millions worldwide is evident in abundance in You Should Be Happy.

Goo Goo Dolls fans and beyond should be happy that they have yet another top drawer offering from one of the all time great Rock bands.

You Should Be Happy is available now to stream and download via Warner Bros. Records and will also be available on CD from June 9th.

Listen to and purchase the EP Here: ‘You Should Be Happy’

Goo Goo Dolls’ ‘You Should Be Happy’- EP Review

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