All American Nightmare
Label: Universal Records
Hinder is often tagged post-grunge, but that's really quite a stretch. All American Nightmare, the Oklahoma act's third full-length, has nothing at all to do with the brooding earnestness of Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Soundgarden, et al. Containing more than its fair share of arena-sized riffs and tattooed-dude swagger, the record fuses Kid Rock-inspired hick-rock and Puddle of Mudd's raucous sleaze. Several songs are borderline misogynist, particularly "Hey Ho," "Striptease" and the title track. But hey, that's nothing new; the same could be said of vintage Aerosmith and Black Oak Arkansas.