Magnetic (album)

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Studio album by Goo Goo Dolls
Released June 11, 2013 (2013-06-11)[1]
Recorded August 2012 – February 2013 at Henson Recording Studios in Hollywood and Quad Studios in New York City[2]
Genre Alternative rock, pop rock
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Rob Cavallo
John Shanks
Gregg Wattenberg
Greg Wells[3]
Goo Goo Dolls chronology
Something for the Rest of Us
Singles from Magnetic
  1. "Rebel Beat"
    Released: February 19, 2013
  2. "Come to Me"
    Released: July 23, 2013
  3. "Caught in the Storm"
    Released: TBA

Magnetic is the tenth studio album by American rock band Goo Goo Dolls, released on June 11, 2013 through Warner Bros. Records.[4] It's available on CD, Vinyl and as a digital download.[5]

The recording process took place during the latter half of 2012 and into early 2013. Rzeznik came up with the album title during a phone conversation with his manager, who told Rzeznik to "think of a title for the record. Try to use one word." Magnetic was the first word that Rzeznik could think of.[6]


During an interview with UpVenue on February 16, 2011, Rzeznik confirmed that he had been writing new material for a new album during the Something for the Rest of Us Tour: "I've actually been experimenting, in this last week, while we've been out on this tour, just writing lyrics and then figuring out the melodic structures," says Rzeznik. "We can't wait another four years to put another album out; that's just a ridiculous waste of time."[7]

On August 9, 2012, the band announced that they had started recording their tenth studio album.[8] In a column for Japanese Rock magazine InRock Robby Takac revealed some details about recordings sessions on the new album. The new album is scheduled for an early 2013 release on the Warner Brothers record label. The band will use a few producers like they did on Something for the Rest of Us. In August and September they had various recording sessions with John Shanks at Henson Recording Studios in Hollywood, LA and in October 2012 with Gregg Wattenberg at Quad Studios in New York City. More recording sessions are planned with Greg Wells in Los Angeles in November 2012.[9]

On January 18, 2013, the band released the first single off of Magnetic titled "Rebel Beat".[10] Later on February 15, 2013 the Goo Goo Dolls tweeted an exclusive first look at the Magnetic album cover.[11] On April 3, 2013 they announced that the release date would be pushed back from May 7 to June 11. More than a month later on July 19, 2013 the Goo Goo Dolls announced their second single from Magnetic will be "Come to Me".[12]

The album was released in high resolution (24bit) on in 2013. The high res version has a greater dynamic range than the CD release.[13]

On July 15, 2014 at the concert at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO, Rzeznik announced "Caught in the Storm" would be the upcoming third single off of Magnetic.[14]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Rebel Beat"   John Rzeznik, Gregg Wattenberg 3:34
2. "When the World Breaks Your Heart"   Rzeznik, Wattenberg, J.T. Harding 3:33
3. "Slow It Down"   Rzeznik, Wattenberg 3:11
4. "Caught in the Storm"   Rzeznik, John Shanks 3:57
5. "Come to Me"   Rzeznik, Wattenberg 3:45
6. "Bringing on the Light"   Robby Takac 3:16
7. "More of You"   Rzeznik, Shanks 3:26
8. "Bulletproofangel"   Rzeznik, Andy Stochansky 3:23
9. "Last Hot Night"   Rzeznik, Todd Clark 3:37
10. "Happiest of Days"   Takac 3:31
11. "Keep the Car Running"   Rzeznik, Shanks 4:08

Bonus tracks[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
12. "Home" (live) John Rzeznik, Stochansky 4:35
13. "Black Balloon" (live) John Rzeznik 4:25



Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 57/100[15]
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk (77%) [16]
Allmusic 3/5 stars[17] 3.5/5 stars[18]
Sputnikmusic 2/5 stars[19]

Magnetic received mixed reviews from music critics upon its release. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received an average score of 57, based on 7 reviews, indicating "mixed or average" feedback.[15] Allmusic's James Christopher Monger gave the album a mixed review, stating: "Rzeznik and Takac are merely sticking with the program that they helped to create, but they have honed their sound so close to the corporate bone that the marrow is beginning to show."[20]

Chart performance[edit]

Magnetic debuted at number 8 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 29,000 copies in its first week.[21]

Chart (2013) Peak
US Billboard 200[22] 8
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[23] 2
UK Albums (OCC)[24] 57


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  4. ^ "GOO GOO DOLLS: New Album Magnetic Available May 7th". Goo Goo Dolls News. Retrieved February 9, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Magnetic: The Goo Goo Dolls: Music". Retrieved 2013-05-24. 
  6. ^ Magnetic: Chatting with Goo Goo Dolls' John Rzeznik
  7. ^ Interview With Goo Goo Dolls.
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  20. ^ Monger, James Christopher. "Magnetic - Goo Goo Dolls - Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved June 23, 2013. 
  21. ^ Caulfield, Keith (June 20, 2013). "Black Sabbath Earns First-Ever No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 20, 2013. 
  22. ^ "The Goo Goo Dolls Album & Song Chart History" Billboard 200 for The Goo Goo Dolls. Prometheus Global Media.
  23. ^ "The Goo Goo Dolls Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Top Rock Albums for The Goo Goo Dolls. Prometheus Global Media.
  24. ^ "Goo Goo Dolls | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. The Official Charts Company.

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