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Hinder “Take It To The Limit” (2008) November 2, 2008

Posted by rawkfistmusic in 2008, Hinder.
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Written by Andrew

“Let’s go home, and get stoned, we could end up making love instead of misery.” Oh yes, these are the wise words of Texas-based Hinder, a five piece band who’s mark on music was way bigger than anyone could have imagined. Following the release of their 2005 debut, Extreme Behavior, Hinder’s fresh brand of party rock blew radio away with rock hits like “Get Stoned” and the mainstream sensation “Lips of an Angel.” Three years of touring and the band at last returned to the studio to drop a bombshell known as Take It To The Limit.

Similar to Jet Black Stare and Rev Theory before them this year, Hinder opens up their sophomore effort with the bombastic “Use Me” and as frontman Austin Winkler shouts out the opening line “She wouldn’t spit on me if I was on fire,” you know you’re in for one fireball of an album. The catchy chorus will drill it’s way far into your ears where it will procede to pound the crap out of your brain with it’s incredibly fun lyrics and party atmosphere. This first track establishes straight away that not a lot has changed in three years, Hinder is still all about partying and women, and that’s perfectly okay when it sounds as much fun as they seem to make it.

While tracks such as the heavy anthem to an unnamed someone, “Loaded and Alone”, and the curtain call of the album “Far From Home” echo a more serious Hinder in tone, they reflect the same themes the band has been about since day one. The latter in particular focuses on the modern rock staple of a failed relationship, but hits hard with a powerful chorus in which Winkler’s edgy voice cuts in quickly with “I can’t fix this from a phone, I’m sorry you feel so alone, it’s like I told you, you’re better off without me, I’m sick of saying sorry.” The sharpness of these lines in particular make “Far From Home” a killer track that closes this album in a similar vein to the brooding “Shoulda” from the debut.

Still, Hinder’s bread and butter remains the anthems for the masses, the tracks that’ll get crowds pumped up at venues across the nation. And while the more powerful tracks above have their place, it’s with songs like “Up All Night” and the title track, featuring Motley Crue’s Mick Mars at guitar, where the band truly shines. The repeated “We’re gonna be up all night” is a line that’ll have everyone singing along on rock radio across the country, and while they recycle the “far from sober” line from Extreme Behavior‘s “Bliss (I Don’t Wanna Know)” it serves it’s place in the song and fits in with Hinder’s theme of rocking out all night with booze in your veins.

While on the subject of Mars, it’s worth noting that his guitar work on “Take It To The Limit” is forgettable. It sounds about on par with most of the other riffs featured throughout the album, but while from the shredding of Joe Garvey is certainly good enough for the album’s standards and not a weak point, it’s hard not to expect a little more out of a guest guitarist. See Slash’s cameo on Daughtry’s “What I Want” for an idea of what you want from someone of Mars’ calibur. The other glaring weakness is, as always, Hinder’s penchant for meaningless cock rock lyrics. While generally able to oversee a lot of these quirks, when a song starts with Winkler singing about making out for the first time and going for a bit more, it tends to ruin the conventional feel of the ballad that “The Best Is Yet To Come” is trying to be. These lines of drunken comradery or dirty one night stands are only passable so many times.

For anyone able to oversee this pretty notable flaw, Hinder’s sophomore opus certainly contains everything the debut did and more. While many of the songs demonstrate the same kind of work as the previous album, it’s clear in several areas that Hinder is maturing, at least musically. Winkler’s voice is sharp, and each song contains it’s own unique beat or flow, making sure the listener is aware of every track change. This kind of quality is fantastic in the age of so many albums that sound identical from start to finish. You’d be insane not to notice the jumps from “Heaven Sent” to “Thing For You”. So yes, while Hinder lyrically is still college freshman IQ, there’s a lot to love about their latest effort. It’s catchy, it’s fun, it’s rock and roll as Motley Crue and Kiss wanted it to be. And while it may not get your mom excited, it’ll be a hell of a listen on your next road trip to Las Vegas.

The Point – Hinder’s dirty minds have not gone away in the three years since their last work, but thanks to numerous well-written songs and a lot of addictive instrument work, the Texas five-some shrug off the sophomore slump and make sure they will continue to be heard.

9 out of 10

Download This – “Far From Home”

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