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  • Chad Kroeger and his bandmates in Nickelback walk an incredibly fine line on their latest album, “All The Right Reasons”. Not as gritty as some of their earlier material from “The State”, this disc shows a band that understands how to write catchy songs that can make it to the top of the charts while still making music that appeals to their fanbase that likes it a bit heavier.

    With Photograph hitting the top of the charts, it can’t be long until “Far Away” is released and hits it big as well. There are another one or two potential top 20 songs on the rest of the CD, giving this mix a good deal of commercial staying power. This is balanced out with a mix of gritty music such as “Animals” and “Next Contestant” that show the other side of Nickelback. All in all an album definitely worth the listen for the seasoned Nickelback fan and first timer alike.

    Posted on February 16, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • The trouble with Nickelback is that they’re too apprehensive and catering. You want a preachy ballad? No problem. You want a more teary-eyed ballad meant to be played at high school graduations? Nickelback delivers that too. A standard hard rock track? They have that as well, they just colored it as a Dimebag tribute. “Rockstar” unpredictably satirizes the “rockstar mentality.” You know, as opposed to Nickelback actually being rich rock stars. Nickelback is spoon-fed emotion, and they represent a gaping void in radio rock where there used to be a soul.
    - Thus says the Pellington

    Posted on February 16, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • On the surface, Nickelback has always appeared a band arguably too hard for pop radio but perhaps too mainstream for most diehard rock traditionalists; however, ALL THE RIGHT REASONS gives fans of all music the chance to enjoy what they have to offer. It’s one terrific album with crossover potential that should please the group’s strongest followers as well as endear new listeners to the fold. “Photograph” is one great track — written clearly by minds who’ve learned the lessons of looking forward by looking back — but it’s hardly alone: “Far Away” is equally introspective with a broader sound if not a tad more anthemic; “Fight For All The Wrong Reasons” is a head-shaking rock rattler written to please the band’s core fans; “Someone That You’re With” blares out for eventual audiences in arenas around the world; and “Rock Star,” “Savin’ Me,” and “If Everyone Cared” round out just one tremendous listening experience. The album’s definitely worth its spins.

    Posted on February 15, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Before you readers threaten to kill me, read me out: I tried, I really did. I tried to listen to this as best I could with an open mind. I wanted to have an objective opinion about this album.

    But there’s only so long you can hold a blowtorch to your ears.

    Nickelback’s ALL THE RIGHT REASONS is yet another multiplatinum excuse to frown upon the state of modern music. They’ve been writing the same boring music for years now and have so far failed to broadcast a song I might actually enjoy. The songs are, in keeping with their well-established reputation, horribly formulaic. From the music to the lyrics, it’s the same song every time.

    Sadly, the lyrics ruin most of my listening experience by themselves. “Animals” and “Fight For All the Wrong Reasons” are another “Figured You Out,” and all three are chock full of the same classless, shallow lyrics. By this day and age, I’d hoped that bands would write deeper lyrics and stop with this nonsense. (In the case of “Fight For All the Wrong Reasons,” an otherwise musically-(dare I say)-exciting song that actually has some nice heavy guitar work is singlehandedly mutilated by the lyrics (“You got off/Every time you got onto me…I guess it’s kinda hard to leave/When you’re going down on me….). Same thing goes for the Dimebag tribute song “Side of a Bullet”; my guess is that Mr. Abbott would turn over in his grave if he heard this garbage.

    Also, trying to sugar-coat an album of dreadful music with overproduction just blows your credibility. The piano strains are a shining example. This is a common problem for modern music; more time is spent polishing the finished product than actually coming up with songs to which people can relate.

    People need to finally realize that these guys have been writing the same song for five albums. It’s getting terminally boring. But then again, I truly don’t expect much from soulless corporate drivel like this.

    To use this CD as anything other than a doorstop or a coaster (which constitute a “right reason” to purchase it) is simply an exercise in futility.

    Posted on February 15, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Nickelback was a band I had heard of, but I’m not very into the modern music scene. My friend suggested this CD to me.

    I ordered this CD with high hopes. When I got it and put it into my laptop, everything seemed normal. There was every song, different names, different lengths.

    I listened to the first song, and all was well. I then moved on to the second song.

    It was the exact same song? I knew I couldn’t be mistaken. Surely every song would have its own unique attributes to differentiate from the others. I went on to the next song, and then the next…but every single one was the exact same.

    I called my friend who had suggested the CD, but she said her CD was fine and that maybe something was wrong with mine. We got to talking about music videos and she told me her two favorites, I went and looked them up online.


    I’m completely confused. Why are all the songs exactly the same?

    Posted on February 15, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now