The All American Nightmare

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Hinder have a lot invested in being the bad boys of rock & roll, of being the "All American Nightmare." Of course, their conception of danger is tied to the late ‘80s, when the hellions of Hollywood escaped from L.A. to rule America and elsewhere which, in 2010, is roughly the equivalent of those 1988 bad boys patterning themselves after rockabilly greasers. Hinder is proud to be conservative, boasting “Just leave the Jack and take your Hennessy/Take your Kanye out of my player please/that Zeppelin 45 is staying with me" on the staunchly anti hip-hop “Hey Ho,” and they live so far in the past they don’t quite realize how their power ballads recall the generic shlock of the Reagan years. The new wrinkles are blazing misogyny in the vein of Nickelback -- the grinding “Striptease” -- and strumming singalongs in the vein of Uncle Kracker, but neither are enough to push All American Nightmare into the future. It is resolutely a re-creation of rock & roll past, a Disneyland version of the Sunset Strip.

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