ďAll right class, raise your hand up if you have heard of the band Nickelback."
ďSo all of you have I see, keep your hand raised if you own any of their albums?"
ďNone of you, really?"
Pretty much what would happen in any 10th grade classroom these days save the fact that one or two of the people actually do own an album of theirs, but are to ashamed to admit it, or at least where I live. To tell you the truth, I couldnít come up with an intro for this so I came up with this stupid thing, but it is truthful. Nickelback have created a formula of writing music and for five straight albums have stuck to it, meaning they have managed to create repetitive, unoriginal, and boring music. Yet, they sell millions each time. You ask, how do they get away with such blasphemy? I answer well by writing a couple of songs each couple of years that are as catchy as their last single in order to hook people into buying their album each and every stinking time. You ask, but how do they get away with it? I answer you can thank MTV and radio stations for overplay that secretly kills one person a year when they hear the same song for the hundredth time. You ask, well what can we do to stop this? I answer, by buying as many Shadows Fall and The Mars Volta albums as you can and then you go on your merry way to buy The War Within and Frances the Mute.
The Long Road is the fourth in the line of albums that have become more unoriginal one after another. This album features some of Nickelbacks popular songs such as Do this Anymore, Someday, and Figured You Out. However, despite unoriginality in the bands music, there are some brilliant lyrics on this album. Believe it or Not, one of the most unoriginal songs musically on here, actually has some brilliant lyrics. While not being straightforward on the song it is easy to figure out that the song is about whether or not a person believes in god. The song would be an above average song to me, but it is plagued by repeating parts and the song could have easily been a little over three minutes long, but to make it seem more unoriginal there is an acoustic part at the beginning of the second half of the song. After that it just repeats the first part of the song.
Originally Posted by Believe It Or Not
Could someone deliver us
Just send us some kind of sign
So close to giving up
ĎCause faith is so hard to find
But you donít and you wonít
Until we figure out
An example of what Believe it or Not should have been is the first song on the album Flat on the Floor. Only a little over two minutes long this song isnít really good, but has a driving guitar riff that keeps things slightly interesting, but the some parts repeat over and over is what makes this song, along with almost the rest of the album repetitive and boring despite the short length of the song. In the last sentence I mentioned a driving guitar riff is what keeps things interesting, which is what most of the songs depend on; a driving riff and catchy vocals that after hearing only a slightly different variation of song after song is what really kills this album. There are some songs on here that I like to listen to, such as the hit Someday. Itís a catchy as hell song that I consider to be a good song, but thatís just it; Nickelback write songs that are meant to be heard on the radio and then for the rest of their album they write copy-cat songs that arenít as good as any of the singles.
There are a few attempts to make the album seem more original, but are either rip offs or just plain boring. Another Hole in the Headís intro sounds like a rip off of something that Creed would have written. Shouldíve Listened is a mostly acoustic song that sounds like a regular Nickelback song, but is replaced with acoustic guitars instead of electric. Which is worse than their electric songs. Also, something I must mention, the single Feeliní Way to Damn Good is one of the worst songs that I have ever heard and is so boring and clichť to me that I wish they didnít even put this on the album because I just absolutely hate it. This entire album is stricken with songs that sound like each other and arenít to original to begin with. The lyrics on a few songs are great and well written, but donít manage to save this album from the extreme repetitiveness. Overall you would be better of with even a Creed album, this album gets an awful rating of 1 out of 5. Leave some feedback on your thoughts on the album and the review thanks.