The album kicks off with “Rather Hate Than Hurt” and really there’s not too much difference in the bands overall style despite the line-up change. It’s quite straightforward hard rock with a touch of grunge, with a nice little solo thrown in as well courtesy of Joe Garvey; it’s a decent opener. “Hit The Ground” sounds more familiar with its acoustic elements and blues tones. It lacks momentum but is generally a pleasant track, with yet another solo included, Garvey’s having fun on this record! On the subject of acoustic guitar, “If Only For Tonight” is a lovely little ballad complimented nicely with a sprinkling of piano, providing the album with mainstream accessibility.
At the other end of the spectrum, “Intoxicated” and album highlight “Dead To Me” bring the riffs with a slightly heavier delivery ensuring there’s something for everyone, diversifying the album just enough, while the rest of the tracks carry on as standard. If you’re unfamiliar with the band and are more of a casual rock fan, then this new album will probably resonate well with your tastes, it’s easy on the ears and accessible listening, and is in no way a bad place to start if you’re introducing yourself to Hinder, or even just fancy a spot of light rock. Fans of the band will probably be pleased they've not altered a great deal; Dutton slots in well and the set up works. The only real flaw this album has? The artwork…it’s horrendous. If you can get past that, you’re OK.