If everyone hates Nickelback, then where does that leave Hinder? Mainstream rock’s popularity has been on a steady decline since the band initially rose to fame on the first album. With album four, relevance is fleeting.
Welcome to the Freakshow is Hinder’s fourth record and it’s an album that doesn’t deliver anything drastically different from what we’re used to from Hinder. There are some heartfelt moments stemming from Hinder frontman Austin Winkler’s addiction struggles, but there’s also the typical Hinder songs that we’ve come to expect from the band. Don’t get me wrong, the songs in the risqué category have never equaled “Get Stoned,” but they’ve attempted to do that on the past two albums. This new album might actually have a mild version of something that comes close. “See You in Hell” is a raunchy song that’s equal parts fun and catchy. That song is a clear highlight but the two ballads on the record are the real stars. “I Don’t Wanna Believe” is a true power ballad and “Should Have Known Better” could be the song that revives this band’s career.
This is an album a lot like the first three but it’s essentially the same album as the previous two. There are some fun songs, and the ballads make it worth listening to. I wouldn’t rush to go and do it, but if you’re a fan of the mainstream rock genre then you should check this out if you haven’t already done so. If you’re a fan of Hinder then you’ll like the album. If you aren’t then this album isn’t going to win you over.