Nickelback
The Long Road


2.0
poor

Review

by Josh Fountain CONTRIBUTOR (64 Reviews)
February 5th, 2010 | 26 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Chad Kroeger continues to prove why he is one of the worst vocalists in radio rock.

Who would’ve thought that such a generic rock band could induce the hate that Nickelback receives? Yes, they are nothing more than Creed 2.0. Yes, they have no progression between albums. Yes, Chad Kroeger is an intensely annoying vocalist. However, many other rock radio bands are like this without such devotion to their destruction. Is it due to the fact that every song of theirs is on the radio, or the fact that they sell millions of copies more than your favorite band? Or is it because they are Canadian? These all seem like valid enough points to dislike something but not hate it. However, when it comes down to it, every time a radio station plays a song of theirs, steering wheels are punched, dogs punted, and redneck children shot with nail guns.

Maybe this band has just been so manufactured for the radio that it has become sickening beyond belief. “Someday”, for one, sounds like every single other ballad done for radio since Cinderella existed, complete with trite lyrics and boring instrumentals. The purpose of a ballad is usually to make you feel something: sadness, longing, nostalgia. A ballad shouldn’t just make you want to go to sleep. None of their ballads hold any water because they all kind of just blend together if you think about them.

Nickelback actually has the ability to write fun, punchy songs, they just don’t do it enough. Opener “Flat on the Floor” is a fast catchy song, and “Because of You” has a fast, fun guitar and very able drumming. One thing that has been noticed about Nickelback before is that their drummer (who left after this album) is actually very entertaining when he is allowed to be. He throws in more than a few interesting fills in the faster songs and he has talent in his footwork too, occasionally using those double bass pedals. The guitars in the faster, more fun songs have distortion that is oddly remiscient of Metallica’s St. Anger, especially in the beginning to the song “Throw Yourself Away”, that was off-putting and took awhile to get past, in all honesty.

The worst part of this album, however, is Chad Kroeger. His voice has no bite, his lyrics are simple and trite, and he is about as badass as when Marvel came out with the X-Babies. Half of the songs on this cd would be interesting in the least if Chad Kroeger wasn’t belting out stupid lyric after stupid lyric, all the while his voice is cracking like some thirteen year old fighting pubescence. If somebody with range and talent were the lead singer then Nickelback would not be looked at with such distain. “See You at the Show” has interesting enough instrumentals, but is completely ruined by Kroeger’s vocal performance. Another thing is that the production makes his voice overpower everything, so any riff or interesting drumming is immediately overshadowed.

All in all, this album is so inoffensive and generic that it can’t be hated, just ignored. The two strong tracks previously mentioned keep this album from being completely worthless, but nothing can really save this band except songwriting lessons and a new lead singer. Nickelback has potential, musically, but until they decide that they want to be artists and play for themselves and not a paycheck and take some chances in their songwriting, then they will never be considered a passable rock band.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
February 5th 2010


8010 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I had a random urge to do this review, can't exactly explain why.

Digging: Beach Slang - Cheap Thrills On A Dead End Street

SeaAnemone
February 5th 2010


20515 Comments


ugh Canadians. great review... enjoyable read.

Digging: Pharmakon - Bestial Burden

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
February 5th 2010


8010 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Thank you, I am pretty proud of this review, which is weird, because it is Nickelback

SCREAM!
February 5th 2010


10205 Comments


ugh Canadians
Watch your mouth you. This band should in no way be associated with this country. Canada has done loads of great, Cryptopsy, Protest The Hero, Rush, Devin Townsend, list goes on

Ulsufyring
February 5th 2010


1724 Comments


drop PTH from that list simon

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
February 5th 2010


8010 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

You can't bring up cryptopsy like they are still any good

SeaAnemone
February 5th 2010


20515 Comments


Isn't Celine Dion from Canada?

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
February 5th 2010


8010 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

so is Shania Twain

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
February 5th 2010


8371 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

very very very good review and you were objective about this which is really nice, since we are dealing with Nickelback after all.

With that said, I don't really mind this album at all. Sure it's generic, but some songs are pretty good. And yes, Flat On The Floor is badass. There, I said it, it's a great track.

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
February 5th 2010


8010 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I really, really like Because of You, the intro is great

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
February 5th 2010


8371 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

fuck it, I listened to this so much when I was younger, bumping to a 3 :P

SCREAM!
February 5th 2010


10205 Comments


You can't bring up cryptopsy like they are still any good
Without them we wouldn't have the monumental dm album that is None So Vile so for that they will always retain some relevance


Emim
February 5th 2010


26646 Comments


Their drummer is still the most talented, I quite dig the intros to both "Follow You Home" and "Animals". They both use at least a little double bass, and more than that, they're memorable.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
February 5th 2010


8371 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

different drummers btw. They replaced the one playing here, and the new one debuted with All The Right Reasons where "Animals" is from. ;)

Gyromania
February 5th 2010


15941 Comments


ugh Canadians.

Screw you. On another note, this has got to be one of the worst bands in the wolrd, if not the worst.

Digging: Lantlos - .neon

Emim
February 5th 2010


26646 Comments


Oh yeah, I know. That's why I used "still the most talented". Probably could've phrased that better, but w/e...

tiesthatbind
February 5th 2010


7375 Comments


Because of You is a great song.

XulOnerom
February 5th 2010


1818 Comments


I like "Poker Face" and "Paparazzi"

AtavanHalen
February 5th 2010


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Neil Young is from Canada. That makes Bryan Adams, Celine Dion and Nickelback all instantly forgivable.

Asiatic667
February 6th 2010


4648 Comments


the ending of the first paragraph is pure gold



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