Hinder
All American Nightmare


1.0
awful

Review

by H. USER (117 Reviews)
May 10th, 2014 | 34 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Hinder just don't care about being all of America's nightmares.

I’ve been keeping a deep dark secret throughout my whole tenure here on Sputnikmusic. No one knows this, save for a gym teacher I had in elementary school who worshipped them. That secret?

I don’t hate Hinder.

Honestly, I don’t know why, but Hinder’s brand of sexually-fueled, brash post-grunge never bothered me at all. Maybe it’s because they were one of the first rock bands I loved (the others being Nickelback and 3 Doors Down – quality stuff there!), or maybe it’s because hearing the opening chords of “Lost in the Sun” and “Nothin’ Good About Goodbye” brings back nostalgic memories of fourth grade summer, but there’s something about their first two albums that I just can’t hate.

The key words – “their first two albums”.

All American Nightmare was the beginning of Hinder’s long-awaited and well-deserved implosion. Not only did it mark a sharp decrease in quality from the passable Take It to the Limit, but it also signaled the band’s commercial decline. The title track went top ten on the rock charts, but second single “What Ya Gonna Do” could barely crack the top 20. Following the underperformance of “Save Me”, Hinder were barely relevant anymore, culminating in frontman Austin Winkler’s departure from the band following the appropriately titled Welcome to the Freakshow. Even though he was easily replaced by Saving Abel’s Jared Weeks (swapping generic with generic is a great gameplan), reclaiming their chart success and relevancy seems all but impossible now.

To understand why All American Nightmare is such an unbearable record, we have to look back at what made Hinder’s first two albums passable. First of all, aside from the occasional references to make-up and pre-breakup sex, there was a lack of explicit “cock rock”, songs that glorified getting it on and objectified women for being nothing but good at fucking. Sure, there was “Room 21”, but that was just one song. Buckcherry and Nickelback normally have four of those in their arsenal for one album, so compared to them, Hinder doesn’t exactly ratchet up the raunch all too often. All American Nightmare is different, because they completely reached those Nickelback and Buckcherry levels. It’s kind of obvious what songs titled “Hey, Ho” and “Striptease” are about. So much for the subtlety. Aside from the awful sexually-charged lyrics, most of them recycle subject matter that is “stereotypical” Hinder. There’s no hiding behind the fact that their post-breakup ballads are meant to model “Lips of An Angel”, or even “Better Than Me”.

On prior records, Austin Winkler’s vocals were nothing special, but at least they were tolerable. Yet on tracks like the aforementioned “Striptease” and “2 Sides of Me”, Winkler sings in such an unbearable gruff register that the only thing worse is hearing him suddenly change into high-pitched wailing. As the focal point of the band, his vocals are the first thing that are noticed, and when they’re as godawful as they are on All American Nightmare, perfectly average songs like “Everything’s Wrong” get turned to shit because of Winkler’s unpleasant presence. It’s the main reason why Hinder’s third album is, and I’m not being hyperbolic here, one of the worst albums I’ve ever heard.

A lot of people love to rag on Hinder for their ballads, but the cold hard truth is that “Better Than Me” and “Nothin’ Good About Goodbye” had emotion in them. The pain of heartbreak easily resonated through Winkler, and even if it felt a little bit clichéd, they were still enjoyable. Take It to the Limit’s rehashes “Without You” and “Last Kiss Goodbye” may not have been as good, but they’re practically Floyd compared to the emotionless, soul-sucking tripe that is “Waking Up the Devil” and “What Ya Gonna Do”. All traces of what made Hinder acceptable in the past were gone, vanished, a thing of the past. Even when they’re “rocking out”, it’s a very, very far cry from some of my favorite Hinder songs. “Lost in the Sun” and “Loaded and Alone” at least had the decency to inject some energy into their generic rock structure.

And even though All American Nightmare was an atrocity, they still got worse.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Toondude10
May 10th 2014


4297 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Good review Green!

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emester
May 10th 2014


4207 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Album is worse than cement down the dickhole

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Green Baron
May 10th 2014


20213 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

In an attempt to combat the usual HINDER SUX review, I explained what made them tolerable (of course, you'll disagree with me) and how this turned them to shit

Toondude10
May 10th 2014


4297 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

I've always wanted to ask this, but how do you get the 0.5 rating?

Friday13th
May 10th 2014


2648 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

No doubt they went downhill...from hades into bottomless abyss.

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Green Baron
May 10th 2014


20213 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

edit reviews, and then the .5 option willbe there.

EvoHavok
May 10th 2014


1475 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

'Take It to the Limit' actually has some enjoyable stuff. This is bad, though. Good review.

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Green Baron
May 10th 2014


20213 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

I think I gave TITTL a 2.5. For Hinder, it's pretty good.

Toondude10
May 10th 2014


4297 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

huh never noticed that before actually.

Green Baron
May 10th 2014


20213 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

The last time I whipped out an 0.5 the review got wiped

Toondude10
May 10th 2014


4297 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

for what exactly?

Green Baron
May 10th 2014


20213 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

SERVER issues I think

Toondude10
May 10th 2014


4297 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

ah

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
May 10th 2014


20058 Comments


nice review man

Even though he was easily replaced by Saving Abel’s Jared Weeks (swapping generic with generic
is a great gameplan)


I lol'd

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SnakeDelilah
May 10th 2014


8625 Comments


this band made me hate led zeppelin and made me love kanye west


























jk but seriously fuck this band

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Green Baron
May 10th 2014


20213 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

So much for the 0.5...

Scoot
May 10th 2014


17883 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

"i don't hate hinder"

why not

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Salvidian
May 10th 2014


752 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

He explains that in the review. Nostalgia.

ASnideReturns
May 10th 2014


5242 Comments


Pos.
Band sucks flying wank.

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KjSwantko
May 10th 2014


9446 Comments


Would never attempt to listen



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