Nickelback
The Long Road


2.0
poor

Review

by Wesley T. Jones USER (10 Reviews)
February 9th, 2015 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A little too long, you might say.

The year is 2001. Imagine a young Chad Kroeger, polarized by the massive success of his band's third studio album, Silver Side Up. With the record's lead single, "How You Remind Me" already certified gold, Kroeger wondered how he would maintain a steady balance between his music and his newfound fame. He ultimately came to the conclusion that in order to successfully accomplish this, he must shift his band's musical style to a far more radio oriented sound, in order to gain acceptance from a largely diverse group of musical fans worldwide. Thus, we have fourth studio album from the Canadian post-grunge act, The Long Road.

For the most part, the average music fan is pretty clear of understanding what all the fuss is with Nickelback. After all, they are, for the most part, a radio rock band. And we all know when bands like Nickelback get constant radio airplay, they get annoying fast. Hatred aside, I will admit this album isn't all that bad. The worst thing I can really say about it is that it is the tipping point in the band's career. The point where the band members lost any real interest in meaningful, occasionally emotional lyrical content and strong instrumentaion and made the decision to adapt to the mainstream rock scene. Not that there is anything wrong with mainstream rock music (Foo Fighters come to mind.) but the way most people see mainstream rock is that there are two directions to go in. One is a short, smooth blacktop to success and acclaim. The other is a long, winding highway descending into universal hate and mediocrity. Unfortunately, Nickelback chose the long road.

One of the few positives of the record is the drumming. Ryan Vikedal, the band's then drummer, was a very stylistic and energetic drummer and was crazy when he wanted to be and mellow when he had to be. There is also the guitar work, which shines the most on the opening track, "Flat On The Floor". It is short, fast, heavy, and to the point. The rhythm guitarist, Ryan Peake, shines on the track just as much as Chad does. It really is a shame he never gets a chance to do a solo. He's a pretty talented guy. Aside from instruments, we have the lyrical content. On some songs, most notably "Believe It Or Not" and "Because Of You" they stand out, but on songs like "Figured You Out" they are awkward to hear and even a bit cringeworthy. The aforementioned song is a notable track on the album, but for all the wrong reasons. It is notable for being the first "co¬Ęk rock" song ever written by the band. And we all know what that kind of music sounds like. (I'm looking at you, Buckcherry.) It's lyrics sound like a Disney pop song compared to some of they're later work, such as "S.E.X." They still are not very pleasing, though.

A huge negative of the album is the production. The band, along with longtime collaborator Joey Moi (producer of acts such as Florida-Georgia Line and Theory Of A Deadman) produced this album. The thing that makes it bad is that, while the album as a whole doesn't necesarily sound bad, it just comes off as way too over-produced and polished. It almost makes it sound like the band didn't even play they're instruments, and the guitars and drums are just made with GarageBand or something. It likely won't sit well with most rock fans.

There is also a lack of variety. Remember that "How You Remind Me Of Someday" meme, where the songs "How You Remind Me" and "Someday" were played back to back and sounded almost exactly the same? Well, scratch that, because the song "Do This Anymore" sounds much more like How You Remind Me, both instrumentation and lyrical wise, than Someday does. Listen to it and see for yourself. The opening riff of the track "Throw Yourself Away" also bears a striking resemblance to that of Metallica's "The Unnamed Feeling". But that dosen't mean they ripped it off, because other than the first few seconds, these two songs sound nothing alike. Some other same sounding songs include "Flat On The Floor" and "Because Of You" and "Figured You Out" and "Should've Listened".

Out of all this LP's 11 tracks, not even half of them are actually something new, original or somewhat redeemable. Ignore this if you can, even though it has a few pro's to it. Trust me, you will be dissapointed. After nearly 20 years, I have to ask; Where the good times gone?

Recommend Tracks
Flat On The Floor
Believe It Or Not



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Comments:Add a Comment 
ScuroFantasma
February 9th 2015


2879 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Great review man, very good arguments and flow, even though you managed to spell 'believe' wrong twice (: I actually like

some of this bands stuff, nothing amazing but I used to listen to them all the time when I was younger and I still have a soft

spot for them.

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ScuroFantasma
February 9th 2015


2879 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"The other is a long, winding highway descending into universal hate and mediocrity. Unfortunately, Nickelback chose the long road" that analogy was genius by the way

Green Baron
February 9th 2015


21433 Comments


Because of You is a decent song, yeah

Digging: Steven Wilson - Hand. Cannot. Erase.

iamamanfromspace
February 9th 2015


944 Comments


"It's lyrics sound like a Disney pop song compared to some of they're later songs, such as "S.E.X." They still aren't very pleasing, though."

Fix your grammar mistakes yo!

WesleyJones
February 9th 2015


146 Comments


@iamamanfromspace will do bro

NervousBreakdown
February 9th 2015


127 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ok review

WesleyJones
February 9th 2015


146 Comments


Thnx

riffariffic7
February 9th 2015


430 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Solid review, man. Thumbs up from me. Very professional and reasonable throughout. Here I was expecting yet another hate-spewing review for this heavily battered radio rock band, but you kept it fresh and I applaud you for that. I actually enjoy this album, might be my favourite Nickelback album, which isn't saying much, I definitely recall the first-half being far better than the last-half (where it clearly feels like they were running out of steam). They're definitely not the worst band in history, but that Dark Horse album definitely doesn't make saying that easy. I hated that record, hence why I haven't listened to anything from them ever since.

MattTD
February 9th 2015


245 Comments


Well it's better than that Weezer review.

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Tunaboy45
February 9th 2015


5941 Comments


Good review mate, pos

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MrMatt767
February 9th 2015


359 Comments


Dude nice, this is a big improvement from the weezer review, pos

musicallychallenged
February 9th 2015


109 Comments


hugely improved reviewing. also:
"Unfortunately, Nickelback chose the long
road." this was pretty clever

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Titan
February 9th 2015


7633 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Figured You Out is a great tune



album melts face

Necrotica
February 10th 2015


10545 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"Thus, we have fourth studio album from the Canadian grunge act, The Long Road."



You might want to switch that to "post-grunge." Otherwise, sweet review

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TheSupernatural
February 10th 2015


1407 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"A huge negative of the album is the production. The band, along with longtime collaborator Joey Moi (producer of acts such as Florida-Georgia Line and Theory Of A Deadman) produced this album. The thing that makes it bad is that, while the album as a whole doesn't necesarily sound bad, it just comes off as way too over-produced and polished. It almost makes it sound like the band didn't even play they're instruments, and the guitars and drums are just made with GarageBand or something. It likely won't sit well with most rock fans."



Gotta really say I disagree with the last statement because nearly every post-grunge band since 2003 has been following this exact same sound. And it really works for a good deal of the songs here.

WesleyJones
February 10th 2015


146 Comments


@TheSupernatural ok that's respectable

@necrotica will do

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
February 10th 2015


22353 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

this one's ight. these guys peaked on the state though

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wtferrothorn
February 10th 2015


533 Comments


Don't Call It a Comeback

WesleyJones
February 10th 2015


146 Comments


@insurrection it had they're best lyrics on it

Green Baron
February 10th 2015


21433 Comments


Someday is deplorable though.



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