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With “Boxes,” Rzeznik and his bandmate, bassist Robby Takac, have become a duo following the departure of longtime drummer Mike Malinin. And they’ve arguably introduced more new musical elements on “Boxes” than on any Goo Goo Dolls album since 1995’s “A Boy Named Goo.” That album gave the group its first major hit single, “Name,” and signaled a shift away from the scrappy punk sound of its earlier albums toward a poppier, more accessible sound that has helped make the Goo Goo Dolls a fixture on mainstream radio for the past two decades.
The music that emerged on “Boxes” still sounds like the Goo Goo Dolls of recent vintage,
with plenty of midtempo pop tunes that have graceful melodies. But there are plenty of stylistic and production touches injected into songs that bring the songs more in line with today’s glossy top 40 pop sound, such as vocal effects in “Reverse” and the way the first single, “So Alive,” uses those two words as a big sing along refrain. A couple of songs (the string accented poppy anthem “Flood” and the expansive “The Pin”), meanwhile, feel more adventurous and stretch the signature Goo Goo Dolls sound fans know from hit singles such as “Iris,” “Slide,
“Black Balloon” and “Better Days.”