On Friday, the Goo Goo Dolls released a new studio album titled Miracle Pill. It’s the follow-up to 2016’s Boxes and is the 12th proper studio record from the band, whose principal members remain singer/guitarist Johnny Rzeznick and bassist/vocalist Robby Takac.
The album was led by the title track, which adopted a decidedly more pop-oriented approach than the band’s signature blend of acoustic-rock/pop:
At this point in the band’s career, it’s evident they’re comfortable reaching outside their comfort zone in order to do what they want with their music, which “Miracle Pill” conveys. Having been a band for more than 30 years, they’ve run the gamut from garage/punk to rock to pop/rock to … this current state, which leans more in the “pop” category than the others.
The opening track, “Indestructible,” achieves this as well — blending familiar elements of the band’s “normal’ sound with more current and relevant pop trends.
It’s a trend that continues throughout the album, which more or less combines the band’s well-known sound with newer, fresher approaches.
“Step In Line,” sung by Tabac, is loaded with synth and propulsive rhythms that make it sound like a stadium anthem. That’s how big it is.
Stream Miracle Pill in full below, via Spotify: