Nickelback
Here and Now


4.5
superb

Review

by AshArcher USER (4 Reviews)
November 20th, 2011 | 76 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If it Ain't broke, don't fix it - a fitting phrase for Nickelback, and works well in a standout work for 2011.

2005 came All the Right Reasons. 2008 came Dark Horse. And, following this three year pattern, in 2011, comes the new effort by Nickelback, "Here and Now".

Just like bands such as AC/DC, known for producing the same product repetitively, Nickelback has recieved large amounts of criticism for their repetition of the same sound, same themes and nearly identical albums. This is a recipe for a large number of haters, but also a recipe for a lot of loyal followers, and a lot of satisfied listeners, glad Nickelback, spearheaded by Chad Kroeger, isn't selling out to stay "savvy" with today's music.

I couldn't agree with these followers any less.

Hearing the new album, I was incredibly satisfied hearing the new, yet typical, Nickelback approach to Here and Now, and was pleased to hear the band has not lost any effort, enthusiasm or touch in what they do best. They march forward relentlessly, not regarding critics, haters or nay-sayers, and produce a rock record that feels like they are slipping on a comfy pair of familiar shoes. Throughout the record, Kroeger's raw vocals chant, sing and roar through each track, valiantly and with an eager sensation, as if he actually is living and experiencing the parties, sexual encounters, and politically/socially aware issues he is singing about. The rest of the members, Daniel Adair, Mike Kroeger and Ryan Peake all solidly assist in this march of sound, and produce 11 tracks that have you ensnared in a fist pumping, beer-drinking and even sometimes emotionally moved piece of music.

Right from the first two tracks ("This Means War", "Bottoms Up") the listener is pulled into the music and encouraged to headbang and party until they experience a non-alcohol induced hangover, with these openers being the typical rock tracks Nickelback open albums with. This in it's own is fantastic, as it provides those diehard fans exactly what they've been drooling with anticipation for.

Nickelback also reintroduce those globally aware pieces (When We Stand Together, the first single), your typical sex-themed songs (Midnight Queen, Gotta Get Me Some, Everything I Wanna Do), the in-your-face-Hollywood attitude (Kiss It Goodbye) and even focus on suicide in standout track "Lullaby". They then end the album in a nostalgic yet effective finale, "Don't Ever Let It End".

Yes, this is a typical Nickelback album, many of the tracks are numbered to match the styles of the last two albums, the same grunge and heavy drumming is present as always, and Kroeger's voice rips the microphone apart as always, but to the people that appreciate the style of the band, this is exactly what they want, and they'll be more than satisfied. It's because of this that Chad Kroeger is a lyrical and musical genius, not focusing on what outside opinion rants about, sneers at him and what negative reviews they publish; Kroeger is only satisfied by sticking true to Nickelback's style and pleasing the fans.. who of course are who Nickelback are doing it for when it comes to the crunch.

This integrity to the fans, the fun tongue-in-cheek of the album and the no-*** rock n roll makes Here and Now a standout record for 2011, and may even win Nickelback some new fans.

BEST TRACKS: "Bottom's Up", "When We Stand Together", "Lullaby", "Kiss It Goodbye"


user ratings (502)
Chart.
1.7
very poor
other reviews of this album
1 of
  • undertakerpt (5)
    Not many albums can change your life. This is an album that can change your life....

    JTmusic1995 (4.5)
    Nickelback stick to what they do best on their most consistent and impressive album yet....

    Myself2me (4)
    First Nickelback review?....Definitely not, First Positive Nickelback review?...YES!...

    KJ Swantko (1.5)
    A Magnificent release from an outstanding band....

  • TooManyFriends (3.5)
    Nickelback's new album will do nothing to appease the people that have railed on them for ...

    Matthew D. French (5)
    Chad Kroeger just does not. fucking. get. it....

    Sevendave (2.5)
    More of the same from Nickelback, you either like them or you don't...


Comments:Add a Comment 
mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
November 20th 2011


17920 Comments


try to be nice everybody

toxin.
November 20th 2011


12679 Comments


"may even win Nickelback some new fans"
ok

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
November 20th 2011


7026 Comments


If this was written satirically, then it is a brilliant piece of satire. I have my doubts that it is but I'll follow through with this interpretation and give the review a pos.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
November 20th 2011


3458 Comments


you have no idea what you got into with this review if it's serious

Digging: The Ting Tings - Super Critical

AlecJankewich
November 20th 2011


13 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Finally! Someone who writes an ACTUAL REVIEW of the cd and does not rant about the band! I also loved the record, man! Gotta love Kroeger's voice!

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
November 20th 2011


31401 Comments


Well I mean, if you really like this then.....ok

Digging: Objekt - Flatland

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
November 20th 2011


28704 Comments


maybe a better use of your time:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaPhuP4ROUQ

#hereandnow

Digging: Jessie Ware - Tough Love

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
November 20th 2011


6221 Comments


I have only listened to Dark Horse from this band and what i think this:


It's ok to remove the unnecessary fat from rock music and music in general, but I think Nickelback try to wipe off the muscles as well.

Digging: Seduced (AT) - The Proclamation

InAbsentia
November 20th 2011


3542 Comments


Nice review. Totally agree with the rating.

jdennis31
November 20th 2011


6511 Comments


lol. why does this make me laugh so much? great review... it made ma hate the band even more

hellpickle
November 20th 2011


121 Comments


would people stop trolling with giving this anything but below 2.5

jdennis31
November 20th 2011


6511 Comments


"Finally! Someone who writes an ACTUAL REVIEW of the cd and does not rant about the band! I also loved the record, man! Gotta love Kroeger's voice!" Nickleback gets a 3.5 and Sufjan Stevens gets a 2.5?


theacademy
Staff Reviewer
November 20th 2011


28704 Comments


are these guys still metalcore?

dimsim3478
November 20th 2011


5228 Comments


If this was written satirically, then it is a brilliant piece of satire. I have my doubts that it is but I'll follow through with this interpretation and give the review a pos.

The intent of satire is comedy and this just seems like a guy who likes Nickelback. Nothing funny about that.

Digging: Antarctigo Vespucci - I'm So Tethered

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
November 20th 2011


23923 Comments


pretty good review but your arguments for this deserving such a high rating are pretty weak really

Digging: RATKING - So It Goes

LG
November 20th 2011


3049 Comments


They haven't listened to this, its a instant 1 from half these faggots because its Nickelback. This band is a troll

thatdudeud0ntknow
November 20th 2011


164 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Yeah, regardless of your opinion on the band (which quite possibly earned you at least one of those negs), the review was pretty good for a first.

LG
November 20th 2011


3049 Comments


Everyone has to hate on this band because its as easy and natural as breathing i guess

AtomicWaste
Staff Reviewer
November 20th 2011


2010 Comments


I suspect a troll, given that the only ratings this guy has are all Nickelback and two of those ratings are 5s.

Still, pretty well written.

Digging: Thank You Scientist - Maps of Non-Existent Places

profoundword
November 20th 2011


239 Comments


I hate bands that seriously just don't give a f*** about their music anymore, regardless of how bad they were originally.



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2014 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy