THEORY OF A DEADMAN
INEXPLICABLY HUGE HOT-DOG-ROCK BROS – NOW WITH ADDED CHEESE
■ EASY TARGET they may be, but Theory Of A Deadman have defied the critical batterings they’ve received to enjoy enormous success in North America during their 16 years of service.a mix of boredom and experimentation, however, has seen the Canadians tear up their own rulebook on album number six.tyler Connolly’s curled lip vocal delivery remains, but in place of the kind of basic, bombastic rock that usually soundtracks breaks between WWE bouts en route to the fast food stand, they’ve toned things down here, adding bits of piano, tuning down guitars, and taking aim at a country-pop hybrid sound.admirable as it is to switch things up, this is just plain bland.the breezy pop of Time Machine is risibly so, while Po Mouth is a cod-reggae-meets-rap misfire. And then, just when you think the depths can’t be plumbed any more, along comes their synth’n’strings cover of Chris Isaak classic,wicked Game, which is stripped of the original’s dripping soul and emotion, and replaced with the kind of liquid fromage that should be slathered on top of nachos. Given its many flaws, it’s fair to say this is less of a Wake Up Call, and more of a snoozefest. DOWNLOAD: Echoes. FOR FANS OF: Nickelback, Seether.