The band that dares to include the word "stank" in its name returns with its second studio album.

The band that dares to include the word "stank" in its name returns with its second studio album. Although Hoobastank's debut disc included some radio-friendly tunes such as "Crawling in the Dark," the most interesting aspect of "The Reason" is the act's name. To its credit, Hoobastank widens its range by incorporating harder, more emotionally charged material into its primarily middle-of-the-road rock formula. But the musicianship feels muddied on many of the raging tracks, including first single "Out of Control." It is also tough to distinguish between songs, which feature similar hooks and doom-and-gloom lyrics. "Lucky," with its acoustic-styled intro and lyrical optimism, offers a refreshing change of pace.—SA