Hinder
Extreme Behavior


5.0
classic

Review

by thezouz USER (23 Reviews)
February 18th, 2019 | 27 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It is really hard to explain what it is about this album that makes me love it to death.

Calling it cheesy would be an understatement. Calling it generic would be praising it. Calling it repetitive would be an insult to repetitiveness. Welcome to "Extreme Behavior".

This a debut album from Oklahoma's Children, Hinder. Everything I just mentioned applies to this very record. So why the hell am I giving it an insane 5?

Well, first of all, I was a teenager when I first heard of Hinder, and I was also kind of late to the party, as Austin Winkler, their lead singer, already left the band. I heard this song "Shoulda", and I gotta say, I kinda loved it. It is the loudest song on the record and "Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda" chorus is instantly memorable. So i decided to give full CD a shot.

I kinda had some love problems back in the day, so hearing this record in its intirety was something amazing. I'm pretty biased here, but it spoke to me in every single way. I am a sucker for party songs as well so it was really a perfect combination.

Even without all that now, I love this album. I loved "Get Stoned" from the first note, and it is such fun and catchy song with so many memorable lyrics ("We can end up making love instead of misery", "Sex is so much better when you're mad at me) that, for a rock fan, might sound ridiculous, but I replayed it about three thousand times. Lead guitar adds quite a bit and progression is one of the catchiest in their catalog.

There is consistent theme throughout the album. Every, and I mean every song is about a woman (or women). More often than not, the situation in question is a breakup, a bad one at that. For a casual listener, it can get tiring as the record goes on, but for a teenager, every song has relatability factor to it. "How Long" is a hard rocking single that has one of the best intros that I've ever heard. It's fast, it's catchy and it follows a standard progression that I do not have problem with. The song itself is middle-tempo for the most part, as well as the rest of the record.

There is a song for every type of breakup. I'm not saying Hinder is absolutely stunning at playing their instrumets, nor are Austin's lyrics amazing, but there is a sense of real emotion in every song, since Austin and Cody Hanson wrote about their personal experiences. "By The Way" is an acoustic jam that talks about couple having a fight on the egde of breakup. The progression is nice, the melody is good, and while it is kind of generic (I mean, majority of record kind of is,but I have no problem with so called generic music), it is well-crafted and an ear worm, as well as the next 2 tracks, "Nothin' Good About Goodbye" and "Bliss (I Don't Wanna Know)". The sound is consisten, kind of samey, but for my ears, it works greatly. Both choruses are catchy asf, the chords are strummed in such good way that I really love. Also, the solo on the latter is pretty cool, too.

Yeah, there are some cringe-inducing moments, like dirty "Room 21", or the overplayed hit " Lips of an Angel", which still I think is a good song. Acoustic guitar work as good as on the rest of the record, hair metal solos are memorable, and the subject matter is an uncommon love subject, it is about Austin planning to cheat on his girl.

The most emotional moment on here is the last single, "Better Than Me", that is stripped down for the most part, and it explodes in the end with chanting " You deserve much better than me" lyric, and it is really powerful, especially if you find yourself in that position, it kinda brings tear to your eye.

The only track on here that deals with some other struggles is "Homecoming Queen", which tells a story about a girl who had so much potential to achieve a great life, but ultimately wasted it all. The riff is similar to "Sweet Child O'Mine" as well as the progression, but it still feels original and engaging. Well, not the most original song out there by a long shot, but it is really pleasing to listen to.

It is really hard to explain what it is about this album that makes me love it to death. It got me through some of the worst parts of life, it was part of my everyday routine, it just felt right to listen to at really any moment. If you don not like this type of style, you can at least get stoned (no pun intended) or boozed up and I guarantee you'll have a good time. And I sure have it every time I listen to it. It is simple music with simple relatable lyrics, but it has a real heart and emotion to it, and I'm biased in places, but this is my favorite record of all time.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
JohnnyoftheWell
Contributing Reviewer
February 18th 2019


16658 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

lol

Digging: Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - Ghosteen

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
February 18th 2019


10120 Comments


Damn dude, how many reviews do you have ready to go?

It helps to pause and craft this stuff. Otherwise, this is the result: very repetitive writing that doesn't really equate to anything outside of "it's generic but I like it because it's personal." That can fly once, but when every paragraph is laden with this reasoning, it gets stale fast.

thezouz
February 18th 2019


70 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

As I went through my review again, yes I kinda agree with you. Although I'm standing by my opinion, I think its my unexperience that bleeds through my writing, and I re-prove my points way too repetitively, thanks for feedback tho, appreciate it

Snake.
February 18th 2019


21805 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

i'm sorry but if you dig a band whose selling point is a love song about cheating on your partner you're objectively wrong



fuck your sentimentality

DivergentThinking
February 18th 2019


6226 Comments


This review isn't too bad (honestly, I'm just shocked that you gave this a 5, because I personally hear nothing that would warrant that). But yeah, as Marskid said, try to slow down and approach your writing a bit more carefully. There's not much reasoning for your 5 here other than sentimental value, and when approaching an album with a controversial rating, you should try even harder to explain your points with a lot of detail. Still, these reviews of yours aren't terrible by any means. They're a good starting point at least :]

But yeah, as I said, I can't see this being even close to a 5

thezouz
February 18th 2019


70 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I am aware my review is highly subjective and clumsily written, but I just wanted to give a 5 to my favorite record. Its biased and kind of ridiculous, but Ill get more objextive on the upcoming reviews

ChaoticVortex
February 18th 2019


844 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

LOL.

SteakByrnes
February 18th 2019


15896 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

sir can you calm down

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
February 18th 2019


10120 Comments


My man pushing 90mph in a school zone, can't be held back

Snake.
February 18th 2019


21805 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

this album is like driving an F-350 through an elementary school



and the F-350 is on fire too



and for some reason the F-350 has a Jack Daniel’s windowplate

rodrigo90
February 18th 2019


5795 Comments


A user who has a profile picture of minecraft?

Sorry, but you lost me there.

veninblazer
February 18th 2019


10169 Comments


there's still a few okay tracks here
Bliss, Nothing Good About Goodbye, and Shoulda are alright.

Digging: Dayseeker - Sleeptalk

Drifter
February 18th 2019


16169 Comments


Probably a 5

Snake.
February 18th 2019


21805 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

actually I retract my earlier comment bc that description actually sounds cool

SitarHero
Contributing Reviewer
February 18th 2019


10961 Comments


"Ill get more objextive on the upcoming reviews"

Well in that case I'll check back in 20 minutes.

50iL
February 18th 2019


5262 Comments


"for a teenager, every song has relatability factor to it"
There's literally nothing I hate more in my age group than petty relationships and the gossip that encompasses it. Maybe it's just me though.
Anyway... yeah. This needs work. Like, a lot. Try to make a review every 5 days or so, if you really want to press yourself to write. Let the reviews sit for a bit, too; we're often very generous with what we write in the moment, but when looking back after the initial rush it's just bad. Great tactic for editing.

Digging: Iannis Xenakis - Iannis Xenakis (1922-2001)

sonictheplumber
February 18th 2019


10471 Comments


Great fucking review

WeepinnWillow
February 19th 2019


819 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Album sucks harder than a drunken Dutch prostitute giving head to a stoned out of his mind Andy Biersack but the review isn't terrible. I'd say work on your writing more.

Digging: BABYMETAL - Metal Galaxy

TheSupernatural
February 19th 2019


2029 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Man I hate this album and this band but there's still a few songs on here that take me back to high school when I thought they were really deep songs lol

veninblazer
February 19th 2019


10169 Comments


I can't even say I hate these guys tbh, they've always been pretty stupid but idk there was a fun quality to it beyond that. Once Austin left this band got even more boring.



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