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Take the rasp from Nickelback's Chad Kroeger, add in a bluesy twist via Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, and you'll get something like the voice of Hinder's Austin Winkler. It's a pleasing combination that has helped propel the rock ballad "Lips of an Angel" into the pop top 10. There is nothing original here, but Hinder does keep the rather scarce heart of classic hard rock pumping on the pop charts.
Watch video of "Lips of an Angel"
- The raspy, slighly bluesy voice of Austin Winkler
- Familiarity of the rock ballad style
- Lack of originality
- Classic guitar, bass, drums rock sound
- Gravelly lead vocals with a bluesy edge
- Singalong lyrics
Guide Review - Hinder - Lips of an Angel
Hinder have paid their dues on the rock touring circuit pulling in new fans all along the way. Consequently, their album Extreme Behavior has entered the top 10 on the pop album chart with this song "Lips of an Angel" following its example climbing into the pop singles top 10. The tune is nothing particularly original, but it is a standard-bearer for classic hard rock ballads when there is very little other material like it making an impact in the pop music world.
Lyrically, "Lips of an Angel" is a tale of impending infidelity given a bit of extra anguish from the vocal chords of the band's singer Austin Winkler. The clarity of the words easily allows for singing along. "Lips of an Angel" is a strong radio hit drawing in pop fans that might otherwise feel left behind by increasingly urban and dance-oriented top 40 hits. For now, Hinder have filled a niche. The future will tell whether this band of Oklahoma origin will be a one-hit wonder or have the crowd appeal chops for the long term like their tour mates Nickelback.