Ventilate

Solid and capable talent can be good, but it doesn't always equal greatness.

Solid and capable talent can be good, but it doesn't always equal greatness. That's one way to describe this album from Hedder, a hard-rock trio originally from the Chicago area and now based out of Austin. First single "Save Your Face" has more of an alternative pop sound than the rest of the album's heavier songs. Standout tracks—"Fill the Void," "Pull You Into Me," and "For You, For Me"—showcase the band's ability to write catchy music. Perhaps the weakest component to this album are the lyrics, which are on the trite side and do little to connect emotionally. Although earnestly performed, this set isn't quite unique enough to rise above the pack of other recent rock releases.—CH