Nickelback
Curb


3.0
good

Review

by WesleyJones USER (7 Reviews)
January 17th, 2015 | 34 replies


Release Date: 1996 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A strong debut effort, but it's not without it's faults.

"Curb" is the Canadian rock band's debut LP, and it's a pretty solid first effort. That doesn't mean the album is perfect, though.

One of the positive things about this album is that Nickelback have a very grunge-inspired sound, which may please fans of the genre. Another positive is the lyrical content, especially on songs such as "Where?" "Fly" "Left" and the title track. Mr. Kroeger seemed a lot more focused and sincere with his lyrics on the bands earlier albums, unlike their newer works with songs such as "Something In Your Mouth" (shudders). The next pro with the album is instrumentation. It may come off as choppy to some, but on tracks like "Falls Back On" and "Detangler" it really stands out. Speaking of instrumentation, the bands drummer at the time, Brandon Kroeger, was very energetic, much like the bands current drummer Daniel Adair, who is also an excellent drummer. The albums highlight songs include "Where?" A fast, raw tune about love and trust, "Falls Back On" a catchy, grungey, more energetic track, "Fly" a nice song about Kroeger as a child wanting to know where bad men go when the die, and "Left" about a man who drowns, his final words being "I'm the only one left" hence the title.

Now onto the negatives. One of them is the vocal work. Chad Kroeger's growling vocals may come off as decent to some, but those unfamiliar will just find them unpleasant, especially on tracks like "Just Four" where Kroeger sounds as if he is singing through his teeth. So glad that song was rerecorded. Another is the way some songs are recorded. "Window Shopper" has decent instrumentals but the vocals on it are diffucult to understand due to the microphone fuzzing out Kroeger's voice. Although, that could be a good thing because it makes it sound a lot more underground. The third con is lack of variety. Much like the 1999 follow up "The State", the album suffers from too many similar sounding moments, such as "Detangler" and "Fly" and "Left" and "I Don't Have". Some of the albums weaker songs include "Sea Groove" and "Pusher".

The album as a whole has a very underground/indie production style to it, incorporating elements of Grunge, Post-grunge, and Alt-metal. The band had also yet to be signed at the time the album was released. Also, when originally released, the album cover was different than the one that is shown above, which really makes no sense. Think about it. The album is called Curb. "Curb" means the side of a road, and the new cover shows the middle of a road. I know its not a big deal, but Roadrunner Records really should've done they're research.

So, in the end, "Curb" is a strong debut album which, despite a few faults that I described above, can be a very entertaining spin for those who are fans of the grunge genre, or indie music. It has ups and downs, the ups of which are definitely worth a listen. If your wanting to find something good about Nickelback, listen to this album. But keep in mind that they can't please everyone.

Overall rating 3.5/5

Recommended Tracks
Where?
Falls Back On
Fly
Left



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Brostep
Emeritus
January 17th 2015


4491 Comments


Can give you detailed review feedback if you wish but dang that beginning

TheSupernatural
January 17th 2015


2213 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

If you don't like "Sea Groove", you don't like grunge

WesleyJones
January 17th 2015


199 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I think it's okay its just not on par with the rest IMO

Parallels
January 18th 2015


10157 Comments


"Let's just start talking about the album,
shall we?"

Usually thats what you do when you post a
review to Sputnik.

"I read the comments on my last review that
said I shouldn't go track by track, so I'll
try to just sum up the album in one or two
paragraphs. Also, if you do not like the
album or the band (in this case, you most
likely don't) that is fine, but this is
just my opinion. Okay, here we go."

Delete this.

"First I will focus on the positives."

And this. It becomes redundant in the
second sentence and is unecessary anyway.

WesleyJones
January 18th 2015


199 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

@Parallels I'll fix it. Thanks for the feedback

ScuroFantasma
Emeritus
January 18th 2015


12100 Comments


Review is good, some positive Nickleback reviews are nice to read. There are a few problems here though, although I won't
point them out unless you want me to.

JokineAugustus
January 18th 2015


10940 Comments


top 10 albums of the 90's

Necrotica
January 18th 2015


10693 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This isn't too bad

someguest
January 18th 2015


30126 Comments


I like how the album title is Curb but there's a fucking curve as the album cover.

A good enough summation of the group's combined intelligence.

WesleyJones
January 18th 2015


199 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

@someguest ik it makes 0 sense

TheSupernatural
January 29th 2015


2213 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"I like how the album title is Curb but there's a fucking curve as the album cover."



haha never even thought about that but you're right

MrMcMusic
January 29th 2015


19 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Love the band but the vocals on this always irked me. Love Fly though.

WesleyJones
January 29th 2015


199 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

@MrMcMusic don't care much for the vocals on this either

Tunaboy45
January 29th 2015


18470 Comments


couldn't care less about this album really

Insurrection
January 29th 2015


24844 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

its not their worst

WesleyJones
January 30th 2015


199 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

couldn't care less about this album really



kook that's your opinion



miketunneyiscool123
July 8th 2015


5523 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

One of the few tolerable albums they've made.

NordicMindset
July 8th 2015


25137 Comments


I don't hate Where?

Insurrection
July 8th 2015


24844 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

it's one of nickelback's better albums. im surprised the avg is so low, but then again it is nickelback...

Supercoolguy64
July 8th 2015


11805 Comments


you have to admit, nickleback has some really good covers
the long road, in particular



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