Nickelback
The Best of Nickelback Volume 1


1.5
very poor

Review

by Alex Beebe USER (126 Reviews)
November 20th, 2013 | 181 replies | 15,012 views


Release Date: 11/04/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: *insert obligatory blank CD joke here*

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Let's address the title before we discuss anything else. Other than it obviously being incredibly generous, this is an example of false advertising in contemporary rock music at its worst. First off, every single song on this compilation is naturally a hit single from the band. Furthermore, the majority of this is comprised of all and only the most popular singles from their best selling/highest charting album All the Right Reasons; with even singles from their most recent effort Here and Now overlooked, and songs from their least popular LPs left out completely. So this is a "Greatest Hits" release through and through, and should promptly be titled as such instead of boasting this undeserved "Best of" name that would imply Nickelback actually had the decency and consideration towards their fan base to put the time and effort into selecting what they honestly believe to be their best songs. With that being said, whatever microscopic hope of this possessing any semblance of unique interest or appeal has been snuffed.

So how does this fare as a standard compilation album? Well, it's uneven as all hell because a hefty portion of it is made up of basically more than half of All the Right Reasons, and the rest of the songs chosen here only cover approximately 20 – 40% of each of the group's major label albums before and after that grand milestone in their discography. If that doesn't sound unbalanced enough, this collection really doesn't even flow in a way that’s fluent or makes sense. Since Nickelback sit atop the power ballad throne this century, the bulk of this is their poppy soft rock cuts (every hard rock charter off of Here and Now didn’t make the cut in favor of both of its positive-thinking Top 40 hits), but they’re arranged in a way that makes this album’s track list seem like an iPod playlist constructed by an adolescent fan. “If Today Was Your Last Day,” “Far Away,” “Feelin' Way Too Damn Good,” and “Someday” are all clumsily jumbled right in a row at the compilation’s midpoint. That’s four sluggish crooners all ordered directly after one another. But hey, maybe that was the point. See? Nickelback clearly has the best interests of their fans in mind; going out of their way to make their playlists for them and then charging them more money than an average album for it. What a bunch of stand up guys.

The album blasts off with knucklehead-sentiment-acoustic-anthems “Photograph” and “How You Remind Me” following one another and embarrassingly showing their similarities – and in a side-by-side comparison that’s so obliviously set up, it’s almost too good to be true – only to come to an end on the male chauvinist rallying fist-pumper “Something in Your Mouth.” So, since it’s clearly not sorted chronologically, it can’t serve as a documentation piece of the band’s evolution over the years, and due to tracks from different albums being scattered all over the place, the grimy post-grunge songs of Nickelback’s youth texturally conflict with the polished sheen of their lean and clean ballads. This makes it a constantly rough and inconsistent trek across their catalog with stark tonal contrasts abound.

So, when all is said and done, the question remains: who really needs this album? It’s nothing that a die-hard Nickelback fan couldn’t have compiled themselves, and even at 19 tracks and despite Chad Kroger’s pre-release claims of it containing new material, there aren’t any special features of any kind to be found on the final product. No deluxe edition, no unreleased tracks, demos, or even a lowly remix here that would give this compilation the vital aspect of exclusivity. You could argue that it provides the typical Nickelback fan with the convenience of all the hits on one disc, but that trait is appealing to a very narrow minority, and since Nickelback’s singles have always been their songs with the least substance, forget converting anyone, it won’t grant any Nickelback detester anything but a place where all their worst nightmares have been gathered together. However, for all its redundancy and pointlessness, the release of this album unveils one new revelatory truth about the band, and it’s that they’re not even good at praising themselves.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
breakingthefragile
November 20th 2013



2935 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

It's that magical time of the year again when everyone's objectivity ratings go up.

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
November 20th 2013



9467 Comments


one of your best reviews < 3

Digging: Koan Sound - Dynasty

breakingthefragile
November 20th 2013



2935 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Thank u buddy xoxoxoxo I'm seriously surprised at myself that I managed to write more than a paragraph on Nickelback lol.

Keyblade
November 20th 2013



13247 Comments


Lol @ actually listening to this. Fuck objectivity

breakingthefragile
November 20th 2013



2935 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Well I mean anyone who has heard even a quarter of their singles on the radio has pretty much heard this album without even listening to the album itself, so there's that.

klap
Staff Reviewer
November 20th 2013



9987 Comments


how can you have 20-40% when you've already established 60% : (

AtomicShane
November 20th 2013



1579 Comments


This has Rockstars AND Animals on it, shiiit i need to cop this

Digging: For The Fallen Dreams - Heavy Hearts

breakingthefragile
November 20th 2013



2935 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I was trying to state like the average percentage of all the songs taken off of albums other than All
the Right Reasons just to save words, but yeah it doesn't take too much sense, I'll go back and
clarify. It's actually like 50% All the Right Reasons, 30% Dark Horse, 10% Silver Side Up, and 10%
Here and Now. Sill ridiculously uneven.

breakingthefragile
November 20th 2013



2935 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Wow I just now completely forgot The Long Road exists, this blends together so bad. I'll just take the percentage thing out completely.

joshieboy12345
November 20th 2013



5256 Comments


lol they don't have any hits to begin with

Digging: For The Fallen Dreams - Heavy Hearts

RadicalEd
November 20th 2013



2435 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

they have a fucking buttload of hits bro. They are one of the most successful rock bands of our time. Like it or not.

This tracklist sounds like something they came up with to torture me specifically

FiveLeavesLeft
Staff Reviewer
November 20th 2013



7825 Comments


How You Remind Me is the best song of all time, hands down. I mean seriously, that's my jam

Tyrael
November 20th 2013



20394 Comments


They make anyone a contributor these days

Digging: Lantlos - Melting Sun

gnrcdstrtdpwrchrd
November 20th 2013



85 Comments


wow, two nickelback reviews on the front page... I never thought I'd see this day

toxin.
November 20th 2013



11804 Comments


except you
edit damn

Tyrael
November 20th 2013



20394 Comments


Nice try toxin :]

gnrcdstrtdpwrchrd
November 20th 2013



85 Comments


You know what's the scariest bit about this album?

The Best of Nickelback, VOLUME 1

they're going to release MORE of this shit

toxin.
November 20th 2013



11804 Comments


:-)

SitarHero
November 20th 2013



4003 Comments


Woah! Hold on, Alex! You're putting Nickelback on blast for calling a greatest hits album their Best Of?! What the...

They are a band that is defiantly non-artistic and overtly commercial. EVERYTHING they do is aimed at being marketed to the masses. They are completely unapologetic about this. Therefore, their 'best' songs ARE their most 'popular' songs. They know exactly who or what their fanbase is, and know exactly what they want. If you're a Nickelback fan you're (probably) not the type who absolutely adores a random conceptual deep album cut more than their commercial hits.

On the flip side, if you're looking to get into Nickelback this is where you start. It's really that simple. I don't buy your "decency and consideration towards their fan base to put the time and effort into selecting what they honestly believe to be their best songs" argument at all.

Ecnalzen
November 20th 2013



5848 Comments


This band... Why couldn't How I Remind You have been a one hit wonder?

WHY?



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