Nickelback
Here and Now


3.5
great

Review

by TooManyFriends USER (10 Reviews)
November 25th, 2011 | 23 replies | 5,396 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Nickelback's new album will do nothing to appease the people that have railed on them for the entirety of their career. However, it's a solid album from a band that has constantly been the target of unfair criticisms and opinions simply "because they're N

7 of 7 thought this review was well written

No matter how hard I try, I cannot seem to decipher exactly why earth's musical snobs hate Nickelback so much. Each member of the band is fairly decent at their respective instrument, and while their songs may not be original or game-changing, their ballads are adequate and they have quite a number of solid hard rock tunes under their belt. To be honest, I'm a bit of a musical snob myself; I find myself taking jabs at Black Veil Brides any chance I get. So another question I end up asking myself is this; "Why do I like Nickelback?" It's certainly not for their originality, or their lyrical content. I like Nickelback simply because I don't take them seriously. When I listen to Nickelback, I don't do it because I want to analyze and break down every lyric, tempo change and time signature (which I'm confident is always 4/4), I do it because I want to listen to some big, goofy, crunchy rock music. That said, Nickelback's newest outing does absolutely nothing to change my views on them, but it's far from the waist-deep wade in pools of crap that so many make it out to be.

Nickelback has never been a band to make deep, emotionally purgative hard rock tracks. The majority of them just tend to be about sex and booze. Make no mistake, this has not changed in the slightest on Here and Now. Despite the majority of the album's heavy tracks containing same-y lyrical content, they change up the musical content enough to at least make each tune stick out in your head. For example, while "Midnight Queen" is a fast paced, energetic and to the point rocker, "Gotta Get Me Some" is a slow, chugging and groovier rock song that's a bit more subtle in it's delivery. Even though these songs are different musically, the same cannot be said lyrically; they're both typical lust driven Nickelback songs, and it's clear that they made no effort to change that. However, no Nickelback album would be complete without the meat and bones, legitimately heavy song. "This Means War" is that song. Although the song's lyrics discuss nothing more than just knocking the lights out of someone, the song's heavy riffs and bombastic drums do a decent job at pushing you to the ground and kicking you in the ding-a-ling. If Five Finger Death Punch made a song that sounded like Nickelback, this would be it.

Just like "Dark Horse", "All The Right Reasons", or "The Long Road", this album is brimming with emotional and sappy ballads. I would like to first off tip my hat to far and away the best ballad on the album, "Lullaby". The band weaves in and out of the tune with little piano pieces and an ambiance that seems vaguely Coldplay-ish, something I never really picked up from their ballads before. In addition to being a good song musically, the band easily saved the song by choosing to not make it about a relationship with a member of the opposite sex; instead, the song touches upon a much more sensitive subject. The song details a protagonists efforts to prevent a suicide, and Chad Kroeger and friends really did a good job fusing the emotional lyrical content and musical ambiance together. If this isn't the best ballad Nickelback has created, give it said title right this moment. The rest of the ballads, save the single, are typical lover inspired flare that we've heard them spew time and time again; "Trying Not To Love You" sounds eerily unoriginal and "Don't Ever Let it End" has almost a country twang to it that I could care less for.

Overall, Nickelback's new album will do nothing to appease the people that have railed on them for the entirety of their career. It will do nothing to change their musical style or stance in the rock music scene. However, it's a solid album from a band that has constantly been the target of unfair criticisms and opinions simply "because they're Nickelback".



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Asiatic667
November 25th 2011



4647 Comments


Nickelback doesn't really bother me to be honest. I just don't really listen to em'

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
November 25th 2011



48593 Comments


You sir have low standards

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Asiatic667
November 25th 2011



4647 Comments


me or the reviewer?

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
November 25th 2011



48593 Comments


not you

Kris.
November 25th 2011



11463 Comments


masterpiece
but then again every nickelback album is

someguest
November 25th 2011



18941 Comments


However, it's a solid album from a band that has constantly been the target of unfair criticisms and opinions simply "because they're N


well maybe they shouldn't have been N

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Knott-
Emeritus
November 25th 2011



10194 Comments


your review fails to address why people hated N in the first place

people don't just randomly hate new bands

they did something wrong

they are still doing it

it's called "sucking".

Kris.
November 25th 2011



11463 Comments


take it back knott

Knott-
Emeritus
November 25th 2011



10194 Comments


ok

i will

knott

Scoot
November 26th 2011



17494 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

i can't blame them for being N

Asiatic667
November 26th 2011



4647 Comments


However, it's a solid album from a band that has constantly been the target of unfair criticisms and opinions simply "because they're N


Pullin' out the N word

someguest
November 26th 2011



18941 Comments


Don't worry reviewer, i hate ns too.

Gyromania
November 26th 2011



14653 Comments


What Knott said.

Asiatic667
November 26th 2011



4647 Comments


Give the reviewer a break, guys. I mean, he takes jabs at Black Veil Brides every chance he gets, for christ sake

Gyromania
November 26th 2011



14653 Comments


Also, this:

No matter how hard I try, I cannot seem to decipher exactly why earth's musical snobs hate Nickelback so much.


Not a good idea to start a review by attacking people who hate Nickelback by calling them 'snobs'.

someguest
November 26th 2011



18941 Comments


they're both typical lust driven Nickelback songs,


chard kroger is a lusty man

Irving
Staff Reviewer
November 26th 2011



7013 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

We make looove to goats.

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TooManyFriends
November 26th 2011



397 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeh, that Nickelback.... Always N'ing around the N place. N's me off.

DarthMann
November 26th 2011



13467 Comments


too be honest the song savin me would be cool without chads voice. besides that 'n' are an atrocity.

WAIT WHAT AM I SAYING chad is a divine representation of a hybrid of male bullfrog, jason akermanis and george bush

Wombat988
November 26th 2011



387 Comments


Give the reviewer a break guys, it's their first review and they're being controversial



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