THE­ORY OF A DEADMAN

INEXPLICABLY HUGE HOT-DOG-ROCK BROS – NOW WITH ADDED CHEESE

Kerrang! (UK) - - Reviews -

■ 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.

DAVID MCLAUGH­LIN

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