Not Your Basic Ballad

The Goo Goo Dolls are back with their new album Magnetic, which features an array of emphatic singles. Their gripping ballad "Bulletproofangel" is our top pick.

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The Goo Goo Dolls' new album is the only thing anyone can talk about right now! Dubbed a "real New York record" by the band, most of the album was cut in Times Square. As a result, lead musician John Rzeznik is quoted on the band's website as saying: “You’re at the cultural epicenter of Western civilization. It was unbelievably stimulating.”

That stimulation apparently helped them hit the jackpot with creativity, as it would explain why this album is so thought-provoking and multifaceted.

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Personally, I had a very difficult time trying to narrow down my pick for the album. The tracks "When The World Breaks Your Heart" and "Caught in the Storm" made a close second and third, as they were both radio-friendly and lively. But my heart stopped momentarily when I heard their ballad, "Bulletproofangel." If you want to hear a preview of the album (and decide for yourself), check out this video below.

"Bulletproofangel" was co-written by John Rzeznik, Andy Stochansky, and collaborated with orchestrator Joel McNeely. Disturbingly haunting violins prompt the song, until it clears for a warm welcoming of piano and guitar melodies. The violins later compounded with a background choirlike vocals made me wish "Rebel Beat" was not the song the band headlined the album with. And for Rzeznik to be a 47-year-old vocalist and still possess a raspy boyish innocence ― this track is the perfect storm.

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But what is "Bulletproofangel" about? Well readers, this is where I want you to help me. I want you to tell me how this song makes you feel, and what you think the band intended the message to be. My initial reaction after listening had me comparing the single to Ed Sheeran's "A Team." Is this even a love song? Is he talking about a literal angel? A woman he loved who had unwavering optimism and grace like an angel? Take a listen and shoot me your thoughts. I'd love to hear them!

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Get as much of the album in as you can since The Goo Goo Dolls will be already be on tour this summer!

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mayra mejia June 14, 2013 | 3:44 PM

The song is about John's mother. Where there is love we will meet again and again. Although he cannot see her, she is his guardian angel. He doesn't believe she hears the secret choir because she doesn't hear it either. She is not able to interfere with his free will or tell him what to do. All she can say is to follow his heart or hearts because in life there are no guarantees.

Randy June 14, 2013 | 7:44 AM

This song is about john's mom- the angel. In the middle of the night johns mom tells him the secrets of life and love. She tells him to dive his feelings all the way in with his fiancé. That'a my interpretation of the song.

kim laterza June 13, 2013 | 11:59 AM

My whole team at work loves this song. We were surprised when it was first played on the air the other day. Love the words and voice. Beautiful song. Makes you stop and listen instead of the usual techno same old thing playing.

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