Sound — 7
When I first heard Hinder, I thought they were just another mainstream band that complains about losing their girlfriends all the time, and It so happened that they do complain about losing their girlfriends all the time, but they do it in a tasteful way. My mother loved the song Lips Of An Angel, so I bought her the album for mothers day. I listenin to the bloody thing more than she does. I am glad to have discovered that they are more talented than I originally thought, not just with Lyrics, but some of the solos that Joe Garvey (guitarist) pulls off aren't half bad. One problem, however, is the songs do get a little bit repetitive, especially with the slow paced songs.
Lyrics — 5
Lyrically, this album is WAY too repetitive. Every song is either about breaking up, nearly breaking up, or wanting someone that they would probably end up breaking up with. Hinder's strength with lyrics is that they can express their overly used lyrics in way that can reach the listeners heart. Though repetitive, the are very powerful, and Austin Winkler's (Lead Vocals) voice helps that along very well. I found in all the songs, Austin Winkler's singing style and the lyrics matched the music very well, the only exemption being Homecoming Queen, simply because the beat and sound is very upbeat, with sadder sounding lyrics. Austin Winkler has the kind of voice that gets stuck in your head, and is impossible to mistake for anyone else.
Overall Impression — 6
Overall, this album is pretty good. It is easy on the ears and I found that it is a nice change from what I usually listen to. Though repetitive, it is quite enjoyable. I found that the powerful lyrics and nice and easy guitar work kept me interested through most of the album, though it kinda lost me during Lips Of An Angel. The repetitivness is kinda boring, but overall the CD is nice to listen to. As nice as it is though, I wouldn't go crazy if I lost it.