The Goo Goo Dolls returned this Fall with a new album called Miracle Pill. It’s the band’s twelfth album and the follow up to their 2016 album, Boxes. Like The band’s previous album, Miracle Pill has the band not trying to do too much. They’re just doing their thing. Frontman Johnny Reznik is one of the best songwriters of his generation and he’s always a formidable talent when it comes to that side of the Goo Goo Dolls’ music. Whether it’s fast, slow, simple, or intricate – it doesn’t matter – Reznik writes something incredible. It’s just a matter of not mucking it up with too much post-production or trying to overcomplicate something that seems effortless.
Reznik’s songwriting prowess is impressive here. Relevant songs like “Money, Fame & Fortune”, “Indestructible” and “Miracle Pill” are all great but it’s always the album tracks that manage to find their way on to the list of Goo Goo Dolls fan favorites. This time there are two songs that steal the show, “Over You” is a simplified production of an addictive melody and “Lights” sounds like what the whole album of Magnetic should have been – a Goo Goo Dolls take on a modern song.
Pair Reznik’s songwriting with his Goo partner Robby Takac’s overall musicianship and professionalism and it’s no secret why the Goo Goo Dolls have found success for as long as they have. Special mention needs to be made, as always, for the Takac fronted favorite on the song – “Step in Line” – it’s a personal new Goo Goo Dolls favorite. The Goo Goo dolls assembled a solid follow-up to Boxes, both albums are great records for fans of the band. This record does what it needs to do, it will keep their following happy, reviewer included.