Review Summary: For a Nickelback ripoff band, this is surprisingly not bad, but it's not very good either.
You know, a lot of people who listen to radio rock probably don’t really realize that there is actual GOOD music out there that doesn’t play on the radio, or at least, music that doesn't play on the radio 24/7. Since Theory of a Deadman is now the redneck sexist losers that they are considering all the bull crap that they play, people would probably think twice before looking into the eyes of a Nickelback rip-off project. But ironically enough, their debut album wasn’t entirely all B.S., at least for the most part.
The album starts off with the kicker, “Invisible Man” which, even though is less than three minutes, is probably the best song overall. Both “Invisible Man” and “What You Deserve” actually have well played guitar riffs in them making them some of the highlights of the album. In fact, most of the guitar parts are actually quite decent, if not good, and the guitar solos are somewhat enjoyable to hear. Despite all of the…stuff that TOAD can create now, the songwriting in this isn’t really all that bad. “Make Up Your Mind” is probably the best song in terms of songwriting along with “Invisible Man.” There is no, “women are terrible people” kind of crap throughout the entire record, which is probably the main reason why this album is a total blowhole. So really, the musical aspect of this is put together nicely throughout the whole album.
However, this whole record feels like an entire Nickelback release, in fact, the whole album sort of feels like the album “Silver Side Up” if you think about it. The vocals aren’t necessarily the worst, but they sound a LOT like Nickelback and what Chad Kroeger can come up with, both musically and vocally. Even so, “Silver Side Up” wasn’t the worst release by Nickelback; in fact, it just might have been their best, which is one of the reasons why this particular album isn’t bad. Aside from the vocals, the other thing that sets this album back a few steps is the fact that many of the songs don’t feel as heavy as they should be. “Leg to Stand On” feels like the vocals should be a lot heavier than they really are. “Nothing Could Come Between Us” is just an overall bland song since it’s sounds very familiar to Nickelback’s “How You Remind Me” in terms of its placement in the album (both are number two on the track list), their length (both are roughly around three minutes) and their lyrical theme in general.
So overall, TOAD’s debut album is actually tolerable. If this didn’t sound like Nickelback, then this would’ve been a decent release. The guitar parts are well performed, the songwriting isn’t all that bad, but it’s the Nickelback sound that sets the album at a lower standard. This just sounds so familiar to “Silver Side Up” in so many ways. I mean, granted, “Silver Side Up” was the best release by Nickelback but it doesn’t mean that it was good. Same thing goes for this album, it’s the best release by Theory of a Deadman, but it doesn’t mean it’s good. It’s just “not bad.”
Make Up Your Mind
What You Deserve