One of the most commercially successful Canadian
rock bands have returned with their 7th studio
album promising to recapture the in their words
“organic” musical style from their
past. Having reached the peak of their success
with 2005’s “All The Right Reasons”,
Nickelback have captured the hearts of millions
worldwide with their irresistibly catchy singles
and feel good themes. In my view all of their
albums are quite simply brilliant with the last
3 taking up large sections of time in my life.
The first time I heard the opening track “This
Means War”, I was quite unsure as to what
I thought of it. On one had that was the distinctive
Nickelback tone, a tasty riff with Chad Kroeger’s
distinctive vocals present, everything you’d
expect from one of their tracks but I just didn’t
feel that instant hit feeling. When you listen
to songs from the last 3 albums for the first
time you knew right then that they were destined
to become instant classics, with that first track
however I wasn’t sure. Salvation fortunately
came immediately after in the form of “Bottoms
Up”; bouncy beat, infectious chorus and
a nice little guitar solo, now I’ve felt
the surreal feeling.
As you breeze through the record, you begin to
realise that much like every other album they
have, there is a vast range of different songs
to suit the broad range of fans that they have.
There are really heavy songs like “Midnight
Queen” and “Kiss It Goodbye”
alongside beautifully crafted ballads like “Lullaby”
and “Trying Not To Love You” everything
in between. This is a release where I actually
enjoy every song which not even “All The
Right Reasons” managed to do for me, seeing
as that’s arguably the best Nickelback album
this can officially be called a success in comparison.
Having rated all the songs and stated all my opinions
about how good the album is, I have to say that
it’s still not my favourite Nickelback album.
Whilst every song on it gave me hours of enjoyment
I still think “All The Right Reasons”
is the best; “Dark Horse” had that
dark vibe and was pretty good as well in a different
way, but as a return to their former selves all
this can be dubbed as is a bloody good start.
Review by James Webb