The Reason (Hoobastank album)

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The Reason
Studio album by Hoobastank
Released December 9, 2003
Recorded March–August 2003 at Bay 7 in North Hollywood, California
Genre Post-grunge, alternative metal, alternative rock, hard rock
Length 42:00
Label Island
Producer Howard Benson
Hoobastank chronology
The Target
The Reason
Every Man for Himself
Singles from The Reason
  1. "Out of Control"
    Released: November 4, 2003
  2. "The Reason"
    Released: April 27, 2004
  3. "Same Direction"
    Released: October 5, 2004
  4. "Disappear"
    Released: January 31, 2005

The Reason is the second album by American post-grunge band Hoobastank. It was released on December 9, 2003 and has been certified 2x Platinum by the RIAA. To date, the album has sold more than 2.3 million copies in the United States alone.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
ARTISTdirect 3/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly C[3]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[4]

Making of the album[edit]

The band entered the studio in 2003 with producer Howard Benson, who has produced records by P.O.D., Cold and The Crystal Method. However, recording was disrupted for a month when guitarist Dan Estrin was seriously injured in a minibike accident in August. Estrin had recovered by October and the band headed off on a Nokia Unwired Tour with the All-American Rejects and Ozomatli in November.

Lyricist and vocalist Doug Robb said in a biography on the band's website that several songs on the album are about questioning what you are told. "A lot of it is about asking questions or questioning all that people see. It's not all about religion. "Out Of Control" is about that and about opening your eyes after being blinded by being devoted to anything".

Chart success[edit]

The Reason was released in December 2003. The first single "Out Of Control" was featured on MX Unleashed, and made available for download on the band's website. The song would reach number nine on the U.S. modern rock chart, and number sixteen on the mainstream rock chart. The Reason initially reached a peak of number forty-five on the Billboard 200.

The title track was released as a single in the first half of 2004. It became a massive hit worldwide, reaching number two on the Billboard Hot 100, number one on the U.S. and world modern rock charts and number ten in Australia. The Reason album received a new lease of life on the U.S. album charts reaching #3 on the Billboard 200.

"Same Direction" is featured as the main soundtrack for Madden NFL 2005. "Just One" is the title track for Top Spin 2 in the US and the Asahi Super Dry Beer Commercials of Japan in 2007.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Daniel Estrin and Doug Robb.

No. Title Length
1. "Same Direction"   3:15
2. "Out of Control" (feat. Ian Watkins, and Jamie Oliver of Lostprophets) 2:42
3. "What Happened to Us?"   4:00
4. "Escape"   3:44
5. "Just One"   3:19
6. "Lucky"   2:59
7. "From the Heart"   3:03
8. "The Reason"   3:52
9. "Let It Out"   3:18
10. "Unaffected"   3:33
11. "Never There"   3:03
12. "Disappear"   5:06

(The Japanese release contains extra tracks: "Never Saw It Coming" and "Open Your Eyes")


Charts Peak
Australian Albums Chart 23
Austrian Albums Chart 19
Belgian (Wallonia) Albums Chart 51
Canadian Albums Chart 9
French Albums Chart 6
German Albums Chart 51
Italian Albums Chart 15
New-Zealand Albums Chart 31
Swedish Albums Chart 33
Swiss Albums Chart 13
UK Albums Chart 41
US Billboard 200 3



Produced by Howard Benson

Mixed by Chris Lord-Alge


  1. ^ The Reason (Hoobastank album) at AllMusic
  2. ^ "The Reason by Hoobastank @ - Shop, Listen, Download". Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  3. ^ Farber, Jim (2003-12-12). "The Reason Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-04-09. 
  4. ^ Hoard, Christian (2004-01-06). "The Reason : Review". Archived from the original on 2007-07-07. Retrieved 2012-04-09.