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Reviewed by Mike Farley
"Use Me" is like an anthem for the rest of the album, no doubt written about a groupie experience, and is quite possibly one of the best rock songs you’ve heard in a long time. "Loaded and Alone" has a Neil Schon guitar lick thing going on, and pokes fun at rock stars who take themselves too seriously. Are you starting to like Hinder yet? "Last Kiss Goodbye" and "Far From Home" have that dark, forced Nickelback thing going on, so we’ll give Hinder a pass for those. There is the riffy and testosterone-laden "Up All Night," another anthem that encourages drinking and promiscuity. And speaking of the Crue, that band’s guitarist, Mick Mars, appears on the power ballad title track, the kind that will make you raise your lighters, and is a Top 40 radio programmer’s wet dream as well. The band continues to alternate between edgy rock ("The Best Is Yet to Come" and "Heaven Sent") and sappy ballads that will remind you of spandex and lots of blond hair ("Thing for You").
If you jump in with both feet and don’t listen to what the hipsters and twisted noses are saying and give Hinder a fair listen, chances are good you’ll like what you hear. Take It to the Limit might be a vanilla, somewhat lame title for a rock album, but the music is anything but. Crank it in your car, drive really fast with the windows open, and let Hinder bring the rock. Just wait till you get to your destination to party like they want you to.