Review Summary: Nickelback cock worship.0 of 2 thought this review was well written
Chad Kroeger has redefined mainstream music. Let’s face it, that right there is 100% fact no doubt. How exactly has he redefined it? Consider the statement that he made about not taking their music seriously, that right there just points out that he believes that music is in no way a form of art. The only reason why he makes music is to make sure that his wallet stays fat. How in any way a band like Theory of a Deadman is influenced by Nickelback and the horrid amount of sh*t that Kroeger has put out in the mainstream world is beyond baffling. There’s nothing about Nickelback that is so influential that people have to go and say, “I want to be like these guys.” However there is one strange thing about Theory of a Deadman in general, and that’s that ironically enough, I consider TOAD (yeah, because you want to like a band whose initials spell that) to be one of the few bands that are actually worse that Nickelback? Why exactly? Honestly there are a few reasons.
The one thing I will concede about TOAD is that in their 2008 album, Scars and Souvenirs
, is that they at least try to establish a sense of atmosphere within this release. Again, how exactly do they do that? By adding guest singers of course, as if that is supposed to work in the first place. The reason why the songs So Happy
and By the Way
don’t work in the release is because both of the guest artists are nothing more than just back-up for Tyler Connelly’s horrendous vocals. You can barely compare both of the guest singers (Brent Smith from Shinedown and Chris Daughtry from Daughtry) from Tyler Connelly and they sound ridiculously similar, especially Daughtry’s (as if his vocals alone aren’t sh*tty enough). The instrumentation throughout the whole album is nothing more that the clichéd melodies, drumming and riffs that everyone in the mainstream audience has heard before. The song Never Meant to Be
has a melody line that is extremely similar to certain country songs (preferably Taylor Swift) in which again, we’ve all heard of before. Much of the lyrics also contain clichéd content of how “you shouldn’t hate me even though I’m a bad person” which if anything sums up the whole album. Even so the song Bad Girlfriend
ends up containing some of the most disturbing lyrics out of any song that I have ever listened to. It brags on how “my chick is a dick magnet” and how “she tries to shake her ass/she grinds it to the beat.” Seriously, it’s is one of the absolute worst songs ever made, even by Nickelback/TOAD standards.
Even so, some of the slower songs on the other had are probably the only decent ones. Heaven (Little by Little)
if anything is probably the best song on the album aside from By the Way
(putting Daughtry’s indescribable mixing of Connelly’s vocals aside). Both contain the typical clichéd lyrics and yet for some reason, the vocals of both are mixed in decently. Granted they could be a lot better, but it’s really the two songs that make any difference in this album. The only lyrics out of any track that I find entertaining are the ones in Hate My Life
because it’s a song about…well, how Connelly hates his life (kind of fitting if you ask me).
Theory of a Deadman’s Scars and Souvenirs
is everything you’d expect from them. Nickelback worship both musically and lyrically throughout the entire album. Granted if you are a fan of Nickelback and a lot of other mainstream music out there, then go ahead and listen to this album. Out of all honestly I can’t find really anything wrong if you are that type of person, and I won’t stop you. But a message to all other music lovers out there: stay away.