Goo Goo Dolls, "Home"

63 Billboard Rating

Alt-rock trio the Goo Goo Dolls built a radio legacy from the late '90s into the aughts, notching 13 top 10 singles on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart. While the band's new single, "Home," doesn't capture the same sentimental charm as "Iris" or "Here Is Gone," it's a solid lead-in to the Dolls' first studio release in more than four years. "Home" starts strong, with sneaky arpeggios, a deliberate drumbeat and hammered keys ringing out over an airy synth texture. The verses and pre-chorus set up a compelling tension between shimmering guitars and insistent vocals. Unfortunately, some of the mystery gets lost when the song's chorus kicks in, with its predictable power chords and canned "I need you now" lyrics. Nevertheless, the song's hummable melody gives it earworm potential that Goo Goo Dolls fans have come to expect. --Connor McKnight