Theory of a Deadman
Scars and Souvenirs


5.0
classic

Review

by thezouz USER (23 Reviews)
February 17th, 2019 | 31 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Music doesn't have to be intelligent, innovative and super complex in order to be enjoyable.

It is hard to imagine someone giving a perfect rating to album this simple, this thematically repetitive, this cheesy... So I will excuse myself a bit by admitting that I am in fact a die-hard on Theory of a Deadman. I loved them ever since I heard "Invisible Man" opening up their self-titled record and the rest is history. At that point I was pretty familiar with Nickelback, and don't think I will not mention their similarities. Yes, TOAD sounds a lot like their mentors. That fact was never in question. But there is something I find in this record that I haven't found in any NB record.

I was reading up about Theory of a Deadman on the internet, and found out that "Bad Girlfriend" off this record was their most famous song, so after I heard their s/t, I gave this song a shot, and I gotta say, I fell in love instantly. The opening riff on this song is catchy as hell, the lead guitar does a great job with the rest of the song and it is so much fun to listen to. I was teenager back when i discovered this, so stuff like this appealed to me in a great way. And don't think "Bad Girlfriend" is the only fun song here (although some people prefer term "mysogynistic" instead of "fun", but whatever). Every single hard rock song here is an ear worm, with lyrics perfectly fitting for teenage ears. Songs about breakups, having good time and "hating your life" in every grown man's anthem "Hate My Life" are not only fun, but they are very relatable in one way or other. Of course, as with many other post grunge records, the other half of the record are these heartfelt, emotional ballads that are meant to get your attention after your girl leaves you. Or at least they were on the last two records, but on here you have flat-out love songs written by Connolly. "All or Nothing", "Heaven (Little By Little), and "Wait For Me" are all written about Connolly's wife, and really showcase that he is in fact able to write an unmysoginistic and breakup-free songs from time to time. Not to mention that the first two said have beautifully played chords and melodies, while Connolly sounds like he really cares for these tracks. Your girlfriend left you without any signs of leaving? "By The Way" will make your heart cry out loud and will get a lot of replays. You can't get back to girl you desperately wanted in your life? "Not Meant to Be" is the way to make you feel better. Your girlfriend cheated on you and you played revenge on her?? "Little Smirk" will be your song of the year.

The point I'm making in this review is that this is not in fact album filled with depth, ingenious instrumentation or masterful lyrics. It is a feel-good record. It is made about everyday stuff that we all go through in our lives, you know, our loved ones, better or worse breakups, having good time with people around you, going through tough stuff and getting mad at everything when our day sucks. Is this not true for every one of us? People will call some of the cuts sexist, but when your ex-girl literally ***ed up a part of your life, don't you think the same? It's just some people like Connolly and Chad Kroeger don't struggle with writting songs about this stuff. If you really have struggle with simplicity tho, I kinda get it, but I'm actually a greater fan of simple than complex music so it's really a matter of taste. As it is this review, I'm not saying it is an absolute 10, it is a 10 for me.

Tho that all being said, there is some stuff on here I cannot fully defend, like kind of boring "Wait For Me", and some of the lyrics being way too cheesy. And I also may have some nostalgia goggles on cause this CD really got me through some tough love *** that will maybe be harder without already mentioned songs, along with energetic "So Happy" and "Crutch", which are still some of my absolute sing alongs when I get rid of toxic people of my life, call it cheesy all you want, but I'm pretty sure there is some similarly written music that you love, but won't admit, so called guilty pleasures.

TOAD is by no means my guilty pleasures, and I will much rather turn up "Bad Girlfriend" and "Got it Made" at a party than some intelligent politically charged record, that really doesn't work that well when booze and chicks involved. It is honestly a life changing record for myself, and if you disagree with me, that is perfectly fine, I 100% understand, trust me. It's just that music doesn't have to be intelligent, innovative and super complex in order to be enjoyable. Sometimes all you need is to chill out, heal your broken heart, shake it off at parties, and even hijack your ex's baby in her own car. It is a 10 for me, and give it another spin without expecting everything "needed for an album to be good", and maybe you won't hate it either anymore.



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veninblazer
February 17th 2019


10170 Comments


Nice for a first review, I dig the personal touches.
Some of this album is a little too cringe for even me at this point, but I still dig the fuck out of some songs.

Digging: Dayseeker - Sleeptalk

TheMightyScoop
February 18th 2019


1397 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

this band is awful

veninblazer
February 18th 2019


10170 Comments


nah

Hellscythe
February 18th 2019


4217 Comments


utter dogshit

Digging: Angel Olsen - All Mirrors

veninblazer
February 18th 2019


10170 Comments


I revisited a while back just to see how well it held up for me, and well... this is one of my lighter 3.5's but it has some fun jams still

Hellscythe
February 18th 2019


4217 Comments


I shouldn't be surprised but I actually am because this is indefensible even for you

William21
February 18th 2019


492 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Cut out Bad Girlfriend and maybe Little Smirk and this could maybe be a 3.5, those two really bring this thing down

veninblazer
February 18th 2019


10170 Comments


I remember seeing Rocked rip this one apart and talk about how "bad" the instrumentation is on the first song... standard four chord/four on the floor arrangements aren't the end of the world Luke.
Ironic how he praised I Prevail (Nickelback with breakdowns) but hated this.

Hellscythe
February 18th 2019


4217 Comments


I Prevail is second-rate A Day to Remember but these guys are second-rate Nickelback which is saying a lot

veninblazer
February 18th 2019


10170 Comments


Idk it's weird seeing him give a 7 to music arranged in almost identical fashion to albums he ripped apart in "Regretting the Past". its like "what is actually so different about these guys from the bands you ripped apart for half an hour over and over again?"

TheSupernatural
February 18th 2019


2029 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

>although some people prefer term "mysogynistic" instead of "fun", but whatever



Yeah that's because it is misogynist lol. It's not just "whatever," it's a valid social criticism of what they're producing and brushing it aside like that doesn't help your case at all.



Most of this album is straight garbage but there's a few bright spots. I listened to it a lot when I was first getting into music a decade ago, but going back it just sounds painfully boring.

veninblazer
February 18th 2019


10170 Comments


If this is misogynist then so is Under Soil and Dirt and people love that album. Lol

thezouz
February 18th 2019


70 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I personally wouldn't call this mysogynist at all. So Happy is about how he got rid of toxic girl or friend even or whatever, not hating women. Bad Girlfriend is just overly sexualising the picture of his wife, not to mention she co-wrote it. Little Smirk is sound and lyric-wise just a joke and funny song, it's about taking revenge on a woman that cheated on you, and it sounds really fun and no serious. The rest has no bad attitude towards women whatsoever. If you don't hear like that, well, thats fine aswell

veninblazer
February 18th 2019


10170 Comments


Yeah it's nowhere near as bad as other records. There are some lines on the first Glassjaw album that are so jaw-droppingly blunt it's ridiculous (check that out if you haven't, but I wouldn't blame you for not liking them at first) and of course there's the infamous "Infinite Death" EP from Thy Art Is Murder. This is maybe on the level of Under Soil and Dirt by The Story So Far.

PyramidNoise
February 18th 2019


535 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I don't think the album needs to be crucified for being misogynistic, but I also think that saying there's "no bad attitude towards women whatsoever" is a bit of a stretch.



Album is like a 2.5 at best.

thezouz
February 18th 2019


70 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I said there is not such attitude in all the other songs, except So Happy, Bad Girlfriend and Little Smirk. I mean jesus, takr a look at all the other lyrics

TheMightyScoop
February 18th 2019


1397 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

this band is somehow more derivative than nickelback, and you guys are saying its good based off the sole fact that its catchy.

TheMightyScoop
February 18th 2019


1397 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

@agentdeathbat i'm honestly surprised you didn't 5 this, considering you have a knack for giving dogshit albums high ratings

thezouz
February 18th 2019


70 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Its not only that, I love music that uses a lot of usual and power chords, I just love that sounds, and I love acoustic guitar mixed with electric, and these themes resonate with me aswelp, and I also really like Tyler's voice,so...

PyramidNoise
February 18th 2019


535 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I think the biggest issue for me is you go touch on flaws of the album, say you find some of it boring, you accept it's pretty simple and that there's a lot of rose-tinted listening going on... then you give it a 5/5.

That just doesn't feel like well thought-out reviewing to me. A lot of what makes a good review isn't just giving everything you like top marks.



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