Nickelback
No Fixed Address


3.0
good

Review

by kbridges USER (7 Reviews)
November 19th, 2014 | 172 replies


Release Date: 2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: New formula, new sound, and a step in the right direction, (albeit a small one) for a band who has been a punching bag for many years.

Let me start by saying this, "No Fixed Address" is not terrible. In fact, there are moments of pure creativity here, which is largely uncharted territory for Nickelback. There are some groovy and downright clever and catchy songs on this album. That said, there are some very low moments as well, and it's these moments that keep this album from transforming Kroeger and company into a different band altogether.

I thought it necessary to review this from start to finish since it can be classified by either good or bad. There's not really much in between. "No Fixed Address" kicks off like any other Nickelback album. A slow build up sliding into a barrage of heavy riffs, Chad's distorted voice singing about taking drugs. Great, another disappointing and cringe worthy Nickelback outing. "Edge of a Revolution" is no better, and though the lyrics may be a refreshing departure from drinking, doing drugs, and throwing out innuendos about sex, it falls flat by following the same repetitive and easily digested Nickelback formula. One of their singles "What are you Waiting For" is just awful. "Inspirational" lyrics with a "nice" melody makes this song all to generic and downright mundane. Moving on. I almost gave up mid listen, because, why bother? I pushed on, and to my surprise, the middle section of "No Fixed Address" actually made me want more. Unbelievable.

"She Keeps Me Up" starts off with with a funky beat paired with a staccato guitar riff. Nickelback and disco? Ignoring the fact that those two words NEVER should belong together, I dug it! I could listen to this all day and it made me want to jump up and start dancing. Some advice to the band, write more music like this and you will gain some fans that used to hate you. No joke. "Make me Believe Again" is a mid tempo entry with an uplifting melody, but this track is somewhat average. Not their worst or best. "Satellite" is fantastic. The lyrics give off a feeling of nostalgia. Growing up, first loves, finding happiness in an age of change, it's just a great feel good track. "Get 'Em Up" begins with a southern, bluesy, groovy riff. The dueling electric and dobro-esque sound gives you something to bang your head to, and the lyrics immediately reminded me of Bonnie and Clyde robbing banks. All in all, it's a quite addictive piece.

The vibe abruptly shifts with "The Hammer's Coming Down" giving off a moody, dark, and atmospheric sound relaying a marching echo of the snare. Coupled with the not-too-terrible end of the world lyrics, it's quite easy to get lost in the wave of the instrumentation. Unfortunately though, good things must come to an end, and that end came with the beginning of the next track. "Miss You" is yet another ballad about missing someone. Chad displays a million ways to say the exact same thing. We get the point, you miss her. Sadly, it doesn't get much better. Come on guys, do you have to end on such a bad note? The first half of "Got Me Runnin' Round" throws out another funky vibe that definitely has similarities to Santana. I was into it, until Flo Rida came in. You heard me right. Flo Rida on a Nickelback track. Why? Why ruin a good thing? I don't hate Flo Rida, but it just doesn't sit well with me. This is supposed to be a groovy song but it turns into an awkward hip hop/rock mash-up that doesn't work. "Sister Sin" ends an average album in a massively average way. Don't get me wrong, this song has it's moments. The chorus is pleasant, and the tonal shifts give it more of a complex feel, but the song ends up feeling very repetitive.

In short, "No Fixed Address" could have been so much more. It is definitely refreshing to see Nickelback branch out try something different, and it would have worked if they hadn't fallen back into that same arena rock, crowd pleasing trap. That said, I can definitely say that I didn't hate this album, and I'll probably give it a few more listens. Maybe it will grow on me. For now, I see it as an average outing with a few "wow" moments.

Recommended Tracks:
She Keeps Me Up
Satellite
Get 'Em Up
The Hammer's Coming Down
First half of Got Me Runnin' Round



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Insurrection
November 19th 2014


24735 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

i refuse to believe this is actually good but ill give this review the benefit of the doubt



pos

VaxXi
November 19th 2014


4418 Comments


Where the "nickleback sucks" circlejerk at?

brandaao
November 19th 2014


162 Comments


"She Keeps Me Up" sounds like Maroon 5. (And not from when they showed some kind of talent). I was just
waiting for Wiz Khalifa to drop in.

good review. pos'd

edit: @VaxXi guess i'm here haha

Gwyn.
November 19th 2014


17173 Comments


what an amazing band

AtomicShane
November 19th 2014


2121 Comments


i bet this still chokes on chode

Toondude10
November 19th 2014


14119 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Rating is 100% wrong



I'll admit, it's not as annoying as their last few releases, but this still sucks like every other Nickelback album since Silver Side Up

Digging: Norma Jean - All Hail

RivalSkoomaDealer
November 19th 2014


1630 Comments


Even if it is good i'm too closed minded to try it.

Digging: Blood Incantation - Hidden History of the Human Race

RivalSkoomaDealer
November 19th 2014


1630 Comments


Good review though.

TalonsOfFire
Staff Reviewer
November 19th 2014


18884 Comments


Your review seems to be saying that this has a more melancholic vibe, which sounds intriguing. Still, this will probably be
average at best.

Digging: Lapalux - Amnioverse

kbridges
November 19th 2014


88 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Toondude, I'll definitely take your advice for future reviews. And Talons, yes, it really does have a different vibe than their last two albums. I just wish they would have pushed their limits more. Could have been so much better.

thacoconut94
November 19th 2014


1497 Comments


Completely went and bought nickelbacks greatest hits the other day, actually an enjoyable purchase

Cygnatti
November 19th 2014


32931 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

wasn't their latest shitty single an electropop song ? !

Toondude10
November 19th 2014


14119 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

It was basically Nickelback trying to impersonate Taylor Swift/1D. At least that was how it sounded to me.



Also, you could just edit those things that I mentioned now if you want.

kbridges
November 19th 2014


88 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Cygnatti, yes, "What Are You Waiting For." It's just awful. Haha

VaxXi
November 19th 2014


4418 Comments


Nickelback will be the last band to ever try anything beyond a tiny little safe bubble simply because their fanbase is one that doesn't care what they do otherwise.

Unless they made a dubstep album like Korn.

rufinthefury
November 19th 2014


3100 Comments


How do you think it compares to For All the Right Reasons? That was the last album by them I really enjoyed.

hogan900
November 19th 2014


3070 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

My god.

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
November 19th 2014


6743 Comments


TL; DR, congrats on the feature though

VaxXi
November 19th 2014


4418 Comments


@Ruin - More Unique/Less catchy tracks

kbridges
November 19th 2014


88 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

@Ruin VaxXi hit the nail on the head. More unique/less catchy.



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