Review Summary: While this album isn't "terrible," it's crude, bland, and just down right boring.0 of 3 thought this review was well written
Theory of a Deadman may have gotten some mainstream attention over the years, they aren't really groundbreaking. Ever since Chad Kroeger helped them sign on to Roadrunner Records, they’ve tried and tried again to become like Nickelback. They aren't the worst band in the world, but they are pretty bad. Their third studio album, “Scar and Souvenirs” is probably the best example to why this band isn’t the best, and will probably never be the best if they keep going in the direction that they’ve been going for years.
The album first starts out with the crude “So Happy.” Even though it is somewhat of a catchy tune, it, along with several other songs, just goes on to talk about ex-lovers and girls. Two other songs, “Crutch” and “Bad Girlfriend,” have this theme going on and it really is best to avoid them because they keep talking about the same thing over and over again, which is how people of the female gender is terrible. I don’t think that’s the idea that they were going for, but that’s what I think about whenever I listen to these songs, and trust me, I don’t want to listen to them (this is why I don’t listen to the radio that often anymore). The vocals are just about as bad as Chad Kroeger from Nickelback. Songs like “Bad Girlfriend” and “So Happy” have the band sound like a country band that are trying, and failing, at becoming a rock band. Tyler Connolly has probably one of the worst vocals out of any band I’ve ever listened to, maybe even worse than Kroeger. Not only are the vocals bad, but the lyrics are crude and just down right awful. If you were unfortunate enough to get the 2009 special edition, then the song “Great Pretender” will help you understand what I mean. Yes, it’s another one of those completely wrong and sexist songs on the album. Speaking of the lyrics, you know by the title of “Bad Girlfriend” that this piece of crap has something to do with girls. My last overall complaint on this album is that there are too many slow songs. It’s not that big of a problem because their slower songs are a lot better than the others, but having too many slow songs on an album just simply make the album bland and boring. Over half of the songs on this album are slow, in fact seven to be exact (yeah, I counted). I guess the reason why there are so many slow songs is to give the album some depth, but it just doesn’t work when you have other songs that are mostly about how women are terrible people.
Even so, I can’t deny that the album as SOME good things about it. Like I mentioned before, the slower songs are a lot better. Some examples are “By The Way,” featuring Chris Daughtry on backing vocals, “Not Meant to Be,” and “Heaven (Little By Little).” At least they have some depth, and I’ll even say that they’re decent, “By The Way” probably being the best song in the album. Also, the song “Sacrifice” is the only decent, faster paced song in the entire album. “Little Smirk” is somewhat tolerable, but the vocals, being terrible as they are, make the song lose its touch. That’s pretty much it for the actual good stuff on this album.
So, it’s pretty clear that this album is bad. But it’s not “terrible” per say. I mean it does have some good perks about it, but the problems with this album make this album bad enough. It’s bland, crude, and just all out boring. I can’t say that too many people will actually even like this album. The only people who I can see liking this album are Nickelback fans and I guess some mainstream rock fans. But let’s face it; I don’t think this album is going to please anybody who likes just plain rock.
By The Way
Not Meant To Be
Heaven (Little By Little)