Sound — 8
Nobody does the whole, "Sex, drugs, and Rock & Roll" thing quite like Hinder. The band's third release "All American Nightmare" keeps the trend going strong. Hinder has always had a way of jumping from one extreme to the next and that theme rings true here as well. With songs that range from breakup and heartache (Red Tail Lights, Everybody Knows and The Life) to good old fashioned party songs (All American Nightmare, Striptease, Waking Up The Devil and Put That Record On). This album has potential to push Hinder into even bigger popularity with the song Put That Record On, which pays homage to everyone from Bob Segar to Ozzy to Lepplin to Motley Crue. Lead singer, Austin Winkler's vocals are, as usual, very solid. His voice seems to have matured a bit and sounds stronger than ever. The musicianship has also grown for the other members of the band. The lead riffs on Waking Up The Devil and Striptease sound almost Alice in Chains-ish.
Lyrics — 7
You know what to expect from Hinder when it comes to the lyrics department. Nothing too deep, but usually pretty solid. "Pretty girls and whiskey/Quarter bags and dimes/Put it in my face, I'm gonna do it every time" from Waking Up The Devil is one of my favorites. On Put That Record On, you get "Life's Been a Crazy Train, barely kept it on the tracks/If you think it's a shame I act this way/Blame it on Back in Black". I have a feeling this song will be played to death if they release it as a single.
Overall Impression — 8
"All American Nightmare" is a solid album. It's one you find yourself listening to over and over and doesn't really get old. The only complaint is that they apparently wrote 70 songs preping for the album and only ten made the final cut. You can buy versions with bonus tracks, but really? 70 songs? I would have thought these guys were batting better than .142 when it comes to coming up with record worthy tunes. I guess it's better than putting in a bunch of filler songs though. This album is definitely worth a listen. It's one of the better albums I've heard in a while.