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]
Length 39:18
Label Warner Bros.
Goo Goo Dolls chronology
Something for the Rest of Us
(2010)Something for the Rest of Us2010
Singles from Magnetic
  1. "Rebel Beat"
    Released: February 19, 2013
  2. "Come to Me"
    Released: July 23, 2013
  3. "Caught in the Storm"
    Released: August 25, 2014

Magnetic is the tenth studio album by American rock band Goo Goo Dolls, released on June 11, 2013, through Warner Bros. Records.[5] The album is available on CD, Vinyl and as a digital download.[6]

The recording process took place during the latter half of 2012 and into early 2013. Rzeznik thought of 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 came to Rzeznik's mind.[7] This is the last album to feature drummer Mike Malinin who left the band in December 2013.


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," said Rzeznik, "We can't wait another four years to put another album out; that's just a ridiculous waste of time."[8]

On August 9, 2012, the band announced that it had started recording its tenth studio album.[9] In a column for Japanese Rock magazine InRock, Robby Takac revealed some details about recording sessions for the new album. The new album is scheduled for an early 2013 release on the Warner Brothers record label. The band will use multiple producers like it did on Something for the Rest of Us. In August and September it had various recording sessions with John Shanks at Henson Recording Studios in Hollywood, CA 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.[10]

On January 18, 2013, the band released the first single from Magnetic entitled "Rebel Beat".[11] Later on February 15, 2013, the Goo Goo Dolls tweeted an exclusive first look at the Magnetic album cover.[12] On April 3, 2013, the band 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 its second single from Magnetic will be "Come to Me".[13]

The album was released in high resolution (24bit) on in 2013. The high res version has a greater dynamic range than the CD release.[14]

In a concert at Red Rocks Amphitheatre July 15, 2014, Rzeznik announced "Caught in the Storm" would be the third single released from Magnetic.[15]



Magnetic debuted at number 8 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 29,000 copies in its first week.[16] The album has sold 98,000 copies in the US as of February 2015.[17]


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[19]
Melodic.net3.5/5 stars[20]
Sputnikmusic2/5 stars[22]

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.[18]

  • 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."[19]
  • reviewer Johan Wippsson wrote: "Overall, Magnetic is no masterpiece and could have sounded a bit better. But think it is a step in the right direction and that most fans will appreciate most of the songs."[20]
  • Brent Faulkner of PopMatters stated: "All said and done, Magnetic is by no means a truly magnetic album. It is never bad, but rarely (if ever) is it describable as being breathtakingly great. "[21]
  • Sputnikmusic staff critic SowingSeason was mixed in the assessment of the album, stating: "Magnetic generally lacks the catchiness and vitality of past efforts, as the band tries in vein to reinvent the wheel but fails to accomplish anything as impressive as "Iris", "Here is Gone", "Black Balloon", "Let Love In"..."[22]

Track listing[edit]

1."Rebel Beat"John Rzeznik, Gregg Wattenberg3:34
2."When the World Breaks Your Heart"Rzeznik, Wattenberg, J. T. Harding3:33
3."Slow It Down"Rzeznik, Wattenberg3:11
4."Caught in the Storm"Rzeznik, John Shanks3:57
5."Come to Me"Rzeznik, Wattenberg3:45
6."Bringing On the Light"Robby Takac3:16
7."More of You"Rzeznik, Shanks3:26
8."Bulletproofangel"Rzeznik, Andy Stochansky3:23
9."Last Hot Night"Rzeznik, Todd Clark3:37
10."Happiest of Days"Takac3:31
11."Keep the Car Running"Rzeznik, Shanks4:08

Bonus tracks[edit]

12."Home" (live)John Rzeznik, Stochansky4:35
13."Black Balloon" (live)John Rzeznik4:25

Chart performances[edit]


Chart (2013) Peak Position
Australia (ARIA Charts) 68
Canada (Canadian Albums Chart) 21
UK Albums Chart 57
U.S. Billboard 200 8
U.S. Top Rock Albums 2


Year Title Peak Chart Positions


U.S. Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles U.S. Hot Rock Songs U.S. Adult Contemporary U.S. Adult Top 40
2013 Rebel Beat 94 - 20 - 16
Come to Me - 15 17 24 16
2014 Caught in the Storm - - - - -


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  4. ^ Gamboa, Glenn (August 6, 2013). "Goo Goo Dolls worked with four producers for new album". Newsday. Retrieved September 5, 2013. 
  5. ^ "New Album Magnetic Available May 7th". Goo Goo Dolls News. January 22, 2013. Retrieved 2014-09-08. 
  6. ^ "Magnetic". Retrieved 2013-05-24. 
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  11. ^ Goo Goo Dolls [@googoodolls] (19 January 2013). "Get a first listen of our new single "Rebel Beat." RT to share!" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  12. ^ Goo Goo Dolls [@googoodolls] (15 February 2013). "Get an exclusive first look at the #Magnetic album cover – available May 7. RT to share!" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  13. ^ "New Single – "Come To Me"". July 19, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Magnetic (Deluxe Version)". HDtracks. Retrieved 2014-09-08. 
  15. ^ "The Goo Goo Dolls - Caught In the Storm". Retrieved 2014-09-08. 
  16. ^ Caulfield, Keith (June 20, 2013). "Black Sabbath Earns First-Ever No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2014-09-08. 
  17. ^ "Upcoming Releases". Hits Daily Double. HITS Digital Ventures. Archived from the original on February 11, 2015. 
  18. ^ a b "Magnetic - Goo Goo Dolls". Metacritic. Retrieved 2014-08-09. 
  19. ^ a b Monger, James Christopher (June 11, 2013). "Goo Goo Dolls: Magnetic". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2014-09-08. 
  20. ^ a b Wippsson, Johann (June 11, 2013). "Goo Goo Dolls - Magnetic". Retrieved 2014-09-08. 
  21. ^ a b Faulkner, Brent (June 19, 2013). "Goo Goo Dolls - Magnetic". PopMatters. Retrieved August 26, 2015. 
  22. ^ a b "Album Review - Goo Goo Dolls: Magnetic". Sputnikmusic. June 12, 2013. Retrieved 2014-09-08. 

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