Theory of a Deadman- Scars and Souvenirs

By Chris Dahlberg

Published on Saturday, July 12, 2008

Theory of a Deadman has been a band that has been met with both love and hate from a variety of different people. Signed to Roadrunner Records and now on their third album, this alternative rock band started off sounding like a near carbon copy of Nickelback but is now starting to find their own sound. However, throughout the course of Scars and Souvenirs there are too many songs that sound similar to one another as well as lyrics that are seriously whacky, resulting in a slightly mediocre album that may please die hard fans but not necessarily anyone else.

So what really is the problem here? At the heart of Theory of a Deadman’s music, the riffs aren’t bad and the musicians are competent. However, the majority of Scars and Souvenirs sounds way too similar. You’ve got the faster paced songs and mellower ones, and that’s essentially all the band offers on this album. All of the fast paced tracks sound similar to one another, and the same is true of the slower ones as well. This is unfortunate, as if Theory of a Deadman could branch out their ideas and create varied songs they could pull in their audience.

Vocalist Tyler Connolly has a great voice, and this is what is likely to get the band the most listeners right now. He does sound a little Chad Kroeger (Nickelback) like at times, but for the most part Connolly’s voice has its own nuances that will make Theory of a Deadman’s songs instantly recognizable. However, it is the lyrical content that really hurts this album. You’ve got some songs talking positively about life while others sound like emo anthems. The topics are all over the map and feel forced at times, meaning that listeners aren’t likely to connect to this album in the way it may have been intended.

Scars and Souvenirs isn’t awful (though haters of radio rock may say otherwise), but I really feel that the band has done better. This album just feels like a direct continuation of the styles heard on the last one, and when combined with the sketchy lyrics the results aren’t necessarily what fans of this band may want. If you liked the singles on the radio or are a big fan of Theory of a Deadman it may be worth picking this up, but otherwise skip this one. In the meantime, I’ll be waiting for the next release which will hopefully shake things up just a little bit.

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