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Extreme Behavior - Hinder
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Extreme Behavior - Hinder
Advantages: Great variety of songs, really good vocalist
Disadvantages: Some of the songs do sound a lot like other bands
The title of this review was taken from "Bliss (I Don't Wanna Know) by Hinder.
Extreme Behaviour was the first album released by Hinder (apart from their EP, Far From Closer, which was released in 2003). Extreme Behaviour was released in 2005, and has a 'parental guidance' warning on it because of the use of profanity within a number of the songs within this album. The genre for this album is indie rock/punk - grunge which I think suits the album well, given the content of the songs within it.
Track listing for this album is as below:
1 Get Stoned
2 How Long
3 By The Way
4 Nothin' Good About Goodbye
5 Bliss (I Don't Wanna Know)
6 Better Than Me
7 Room 21
8 Lips Of An Angel
9 Homecoming Queen
11 Lips Of An Angel (Acoustic version)
12 Room 21 (Piano version)
My personal favourite song from this album would have to be "Better Than Me" which tells the story of a person who feels that someone they are in love with is so much better than them, and that they therefore deserve better. However, they can't get them out of their head. The lyrics make this perfectly clear right from the start of this song, which isn't always the case with songs of this sort. It starts off slowly, with only the guitar playing in the background, with the rough sounding voice of Austin Winkler (lead singer) being the most prominent part of the song.
"I think you should know this, you deserve much better than me."
In my opinion, the beginning sounds like he is only remembering the way things used to be, but towards the end of the song, I think it begins to sound more desperate, more like he can't live without her, more like he needs her to simply continue to breathe - you know, the sort of song where you can really empathize with the vocals and you just want to make things better for him.
I think that in "Better Than Me", they have more of an individual and unique sound to them, but in some of the other songs on the album, "Bliss (I Don't Wanna Know)" for example, they sound more like a band like Good Charlotte, especially at the start, and then they begin to sound more like someone like Nickelback within the song. I think that this is, in some respects, a good thing, because it can give you some different artists to compare them to. However, I think that the songs where they are more individual, they sound like a better band, less like they were simply copying what was popular at the time.
"I can't stay sober.... If it's over..."
This song is more about turning to alcohol to help to heal the spaces left by the ending of a relationships, rather than about wanting to get back into that relationship, however. The way it talks about how he is feeling in this song is quite interesting, because on the one side, he sings about how he wants to "give this train wreck one more ride", but on the other side of it, he wants it all to be over so that he doesn't have to face it all again; "we need to take a break for a while, it's been so long since I've smiled".
I would say that "Lips of an Angel" is probably my third favourite song on this album. Again, it has a much more unique sound to it rather than sounding just like a copy of someone else's music. It has a more country sort of feel to it than many of the other songs on the album, which I think adds to it appearing more unique than the others. I think the vocals are more ranged within this song, which makes it stand out more than it would have done otherwise.
"My girl's in the next room. Sometimes I wish she was you. I guess we never really moved on..."
This song is, again, about love. However, this one is about wanting to go back to someone that you were with before, but have since moved on from. It essentially talks about meeting up with an ex some time later and finding that you still love them like you did before, which is a fairly common subject for songs these days. The way that he is talking about the ex in this song makes it sound like he truly does still love her, which I think is something that the youth of today would be able to associate with, at any rate. The way he talks about her, using words to describe her such as 'angel', is something that most people would love as well.
Overall, I have to say that this album is one of the best ones that I have ever listened to. Of course, there are a few songs I like less than the others ("Room 21" is an example of this, because it simply sounds so much more upbeat and... I don't know.. Pop-like?) but I do like every song on this album. I would definitely recommend it to anyone that likes bands such as Nickelback, Creed, Good Charlotte or even All American Rejects. They're quite a good band, with a fair bit of variety within their songs, which I think would make them appeal to a number of different people who like music by a variety of different bands. I'd seriously recommend that you give them a listen if you like any of the above bands, at any rate!
Summary: I love this album!