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New from Hinder- “Take it To the Limit” CD Review

November 8, 2008

I can’t NOT review this album.

It surprises me, really, the amount of hostility toward Hinder throughout the glam community. Sure, they’re not really all that glam…no argument there…so what is the fuss all about? I’ve seen them accused of everything from “selling out” to being shallow. I don’t really have a lot to say about that, overall…except “selling out” is a pretty stupid concept anyway. I don’t really care if your music is radio-friendly or how successful you are or whether you’re catering to a certain market to sell your songs, or whether you’re being “real”…etc etc. That doesn’t affect whether I like it. I’m just here to buy the CD and rock out. And as for Hinder being shallow…yea, they’re shallow? Dude, this isn’t art rock. There isn’t any pretentiousness about it. This isn’t Jim Morrison or John Lennon. This isn’t Zeppelin trying to be flashy and fancy and have the best guitar solos or all that…its only rock n roll, remember? You shouldn’t have to think too much…

And then on the other end of the spectrum, are the folks who go around declaring that Hinder is the next Motley Crue. I don’t know about that…Hinder is a good band, they have good songs and they can play their instruments, and I think they might be capable of becoming stars on the level of Motley Crue one day if they keep going in that direction. However, I’m not sure they’ve really affected any change yet in popular music, or even if thats something they’re trying to do. They still strike me as being pretty generic (maybe this is where the selling out accusations come from).

I guess when it comes to Hinder, I fall somewhere in the middle. I really don’t want to read any more into them than I have to. They are what they are. They stick to the basic formula of having a really great hook song to draw people in, and then following it up with a ballad. Tried and true. The only real difference is that besides those two standards, they actually make the rest of the record worth listening to, as well.

Truly, there isn’t a really bad song on this record, that I can tell. lyrically, its pretty trashy…which is sort of surprising only because the lead singer (I think it was the lead vocalist I read this about, although I may be wrong and it could have been another band member) is the son of a Baptist preacher. Makes you wonder what happened, doesn’t it? Anyway, the lyrics are trashy, but they tell a story, which is nice. basically, they’ve got “music video” written all over them. it isn’t hard at all to see how a song like “Up All Night” can easily be translated into a short film.

I remember listening to Lips of an Angel, on their last album, for the first time and thinking it sounds exactly like Creed. I still think that every time I listen to it. That similarity is mainly because of the vocals, which are husky and growly much like Scott Stapp’s, which you can hear pretty well on the ballads. Thankfully, the new album doesn’t remind me quite so much of Creed. Instead, they seem to be drawing more from ’80’s influences than ’90’s influences. “Use Me” is a little of what might happen if you blended Cheap Trick, Motley Crue, and perhaps a little Bon Jovi (I’m sure all the members of Crue would be thrilled to be joined with Bon Jovi…) and I know some have compared a couple songs to Def Leppard, so I guess I can see that too. Aerosmith, as well. They actually go so far as to tie scarves on the mikes, very Steven Tyler-esque. Overall, there really is quite a hair metal/glam tendency here, at least stylistically. its good, I like that. There is just enough to remind you of some of your old favorite bands, but not enough that you feel like you’re stuck in the ’80s. Its all about that balance.

Overall. Good CD. I would recommend it, for sure. I really enjoyed listening to it, and as much as I feel I should be embarassed by the lyrics or something (durn conscience), I’ll probably pull it out again. This album rocks out and is enjoyable from beginning to end. I still haven’t found a “skip track” anywhere on here.

Check it out:

ROCK ON!

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. November 11, 2008 1:26 am

    It’s not bad, but it’s not great either. There are some really good songs on it, but as a whole it sounded fairly generic to me. I don’t know how to explain that really, other than to say that I know generic when I hear it.

    That said, I love their last album (“Extreme Behavior”), especially “Lips of an Angel.” I liked that song long before it hit radio.

  2. r0ck0n permalink*
    November 11, 2008 2:23 am

    JT-I agree. My first impression was pretty strong, but as I kept listening to it I decided its really not the best thing I’ve heard recently. Like you said, not bad, just not great.I hope my review reflected that! I think this band has potential to do some awesome things, they’ve just got to get out of the generic rut…

    I’d still buy it again, though. generic or not, I enjoyed it all and I’m still listening to it a week later. haha, how many albums can I really say that about?

  3. November 11, 2008 2:42 am

    Have you had a chance to listen to Alice Cooper’s “Along Came A Spider”? It came out in July, and I’m still listening to it. I’ve probably spun that disc two or three hundred times by now…and it never gets old.

  4. r0ck0n permalink*
    November 11, 2008 6:24 pm

    y’know, I saw that had some good reviews. I’ve never really attached myself to Alice Cooper (his greatest hits album is enough for me), so I didn’t rush out to get it, though.I’ve been waiting for the CD to show up on Ruckus.com so I could get it for free…but it isn’t there yet. I did listen to a couple tracks on Youtube, and I thought they were good.I think there was a ballad I especially liked. Maybe I should go back and give it another listen 🙂

  5. November 12, 2008 8:32 pm

    I’ve never been a huge fan of Cooper myself. Like you, the greatest hits were generally enough. But this new album hooked me, and now I’m trying to go back and rediscover some of his older stuff.

  6. November 28, 2008 1:30 am

    I am not a huge Alice Cooper fan either, but I agree with his take on Along Came A Spider. It is really good.

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