Release Date: Nov 4, 2008
Record label: Universal
Remember when hard-rock albums felt reckless, not like the results of market research? In the age of Hinder and Nickelback, it’s tough. These bands strain to please two demographics at once: teen boys, who presumably want to be pummeled with aspirational odes to cheap sex, and those boys’ girlfriends, the sure target for contradictorily sweet (but still loud) ballads about devotion and wistful farewells. Any couples who buy Hinder’s Take It to the Limit may end up slamming separate halves into their iPods.
Like their former tourmates and eternal soulmates Buckcherry, Hinder work real hard to have a real good time. This is especially true on Take It to the Limit, a sequel to their 2005 debut, Extreme Behavior, where they take their surprise success as vindication for bad behavior. Hinder show a great love for Guns N' Roses, recycling the escalating chromatic riff from "Sweet Child O' Mine" on the album-opening pair of "Use Me" and "Loaded and Alone," which also finds lead singer Austin Winkler adopting an Axl Rose growl, which is a welcome departure from his node-busting scream.