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The Long Road

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Japanese only SHM-CD (Super High Material CD – playable on all CD players) pressing. Includes two bonus tracks. Road Runner.It’s never easy following up a multi-platinum success, but Canada’s Nickelback’s latest seem sure to match the sales of the many-million-selling Silver Side Up. The formula remains pretty much the same–nothing fancy, just radio-friendly grunge that lends an appropriately dramatic backing to the powerful and increasingly confident voice of Chad Kroeger. Aside from the fast and punchy opener ”Flat on the Floor,” the tough, staccato ”Because of You,” and the Oasis-like ”Figured You Out,” the band deal exclusively in soft-rock anthems (soft, that is, by 2003’s pulverizing standards). The only real change here lies is in Kroeger’s lyrical concerns. Where 2000’s The State found him suffering the frustrations of small-town life, now he’s tortured by a heavy touring schedule that promotes destructive drug abuse and strains relationships to breaking point. That said, you can’t help feeling the ruthlessly analytical Kroeger would turn a visit to the supermarket into a riot of hatred and self-recrimination. For fans of Silver Side Up, Nickelback have delivered the goods once more. –Dominic Wills

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  • Ok, so maybe it’s not as good as Silver Side Up, but the boys of Nickelback had a HUGE task in front of them to top that masterpiece, and they did pretty well. Most of the tracks are good, but unfortunatly I got the limited editon version which goes on WAY TOO LONG i.e after track 11, I start to get REALLY bored.

    Flat on the floor…(Very faced paced, with an awesome chorus. One of the best on the album 9/10)

    Do this Anymore…(The beginning is kinda slow, but it kicks in pretty quick with killer verses and an ultra-catchy chorus. Probably one of my favorite songs By Nickelback, period 10/10)

    Someday…(Way too overplayed, expecially on Mtv. At first I really liked it, but now I usually skip over to Believe it or not 8/10)

    Believe it or Not…(The verses are kinda slow and repetitive, but the chorus is great 8/10)

    Feelin way too damn good…(Very well sung, with a nice, melodic ring to it. It has the kinda chorus that’ll get you singing along once you learn the words too, which is always a plus 8/10)

    Because of you…(The chorus on this one seems almost perfect, right up until the end. The thing is, they try to jam too many words into too little time, and the result is an almost ugly sound. Minus that little detail, its a great song 8/10)

    Figured You Out…(The second single, and totally stupid lyrically. Still, it’s pretty catchy 7/10)

    Should’ve listened…(The fact that I can’t remember how it goes tells me right away that it’s forgetable. Too be fair, I wont grade it n/a)

    Throw Yourself Away…(Its got a very “Nickelback” sound, which is a good thing. The lyrics are pretty heavy too, kinda like “Never Again” from silver side up 9/10)

    Another Hole In The Head…(For some reason, the chorus really stands out for me on this one. That alone makes it worth listening to 8/10)

    See you at the show…(Great (offical) closer. The chorus is great, the verses are great, and the song is very catchy. The lyrics are kinda dumb tho 8.5/10)

    The Other 3 Songs…I don’t really listen to these, at all. But the first time I heard “Learn the hard way” (track 13), I was pretty impressed.

    Posted on January 18, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I disagree with the other review that says this CD is just the same as the others. This CD has a few songs that resemble the hard rock sound of their previous albums, but most are different (they dont yell as much;) The rhythm in most songs are slower than before. Some songs are more similar to other artists than to normal Nickelback. Some resemble Audioslave, while other tracks resemble slower Saliva songs. Personally, this is my favorite Nickelback CD to date.

    Posted on January 17, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I think people are being a little hard on this CD, but this is not a bad CD. Long Road, is a very strong rock album, and should only sustain Nickelback’s place in the music industry. The first single was a monster hit “Someday”, was a hit from the word go, and still remains in the top 40, after 30 some weeks, and making it all the way to #7, that song is just what we are getting used to from Nickelback, “Figured You Out”, the current single, is just an in your face song, and it just rocks, now from what I hear the next single is, and I could be wrong, is “Feelin Way Too Damn Good”, which is a very singleworthy song, but I would go with as the 3rd single, either “Throw Yourself Away”, or “Because Of You”, if I had to choose it would be “Throw Yourself Away”, which I believe is the best song on here, but “Someday” and “Figured You Out” come very close. Nickelback is a band you route for, and this CD, should be proof of why Nickelback is still around and will be around for a while. Among song other favorites are “Do This Anymore”, “Another Whole In The Head”, and “Feeling Way Too Damn Good”. The album gets a B, because it’s a well rounded CD.

    Posted on January 17, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • First of all, let me just say that the people who blatantly insult this record and act like asses usually have NOT listened to it. I’ve seen a few reviews that weren’t in favor of the CD, but they actually listened to it and gave a well-written review with reasons as to WHY they dislike it. Others just say “OMG liek niklbak suxorZ lisen 2 reel muzik liek metalica u jackass!!111q!!1!1!’. They’re pathetic.Now, onto the actual CD. A pretty solid CD, in my opinion. It starts off with an energetic, hard-rocking track, Flat On the Floor. A great way to start the album. After that is Do This Anymore, a great song overall. A great solo, good lyrics and a good tune, just an awesome song all around. After that follows Someday, the album’s first single. A ballad-like song, it’s not bad but there are better. I won’t go through the whole CD, but one other great song that I’d like to point out is Because of You. Possibly the best song on the album, a great song and the lyrics are very well-written.All fourteen songs are pretty good, and even if you were displeased with Nickelback’s Silver Side Up, or were afraid to try because of How You Remind Me, you should still give this CD a listen. Nickelback has improved and have produced a great CD in The Long Road. The nay-sayers here who give this CD one star mostly haven’t heard it. Don’t let it sway you away from a great album by a band that’s not given an honest chance.

    Posted on January 17, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I became a Nickelback fan with Silver Side Up. Since then I’ve aquired their concert DVD, The State, and The Long Road. If Nickelback fans are expecting another Silver Side Up, then don’t buy this album, it’s not the same. The songs reflect the wild ride that Nickelback has been on since the whirlwind surrounding Silver Side Up. Silver Side Up had a lot of great songs, but in my opinion, the material on the Long Road has more maturity and depth than Silver Side Up. Songs like Figured You Out and Feelin’ Way Too Damn Good have both depth and a meloncholy quality that will make this album endure. This album isn’t for the occasional rock listener. It’s like 80s rock meets 90s edgier music. The music itself is a bit repetitive, although very good. The lyrics are the reason that you must buy this album.

    Posted on January 17, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now