Nickelback
All the Right Reasons


2.5
average

Review

by WesleyJones USER (7 Reviews)
April 5th, 2015 | 28 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Chapter V of VIII: Numbers Don't Lie

Let me just say one thing here; All The Right Reasons, Nickelback's fifth record, as well as their most successful to date (11x platinum worldwide) is not bad in any way. However, it isn't good either. The best word I can use to describe it is simply average. About 90% of the material on this album could have easily been recorded by any of the other modern "co¬Ęk rock" bands out today, such as Buckcherry or Hinder, without batting a single eye. The track "Animals" is a good example of this. The lyrics are downright mundane as they talk about having sex like (you guessed it) animals in an old rusty pickup truck. The song is excellent vocally and instrumentally, but the lyrics come off as downright immature and the song is cringeworthy overall. Then you have the acoustic ballads "Photograph" "Far Away" & "Savin Me" which, instrumentally at least, are pretty much all the same damn song. "Photograph" the lead single off this thing, has your average graduation ceremony lyrics and cheesy as all hell lines like "hard to say it, time to say it, goodbyyyyeee, goodbyeeeee". However, this is a fairly catchy tune and still remains in the "guilty pleasure" section of many people's music libraries. However, it can get annoying considering its played on the radio every 000.001 seconds.

Speaking of annoying, that's one of few words that can be used to describe frontman Kroeger's vocal performance. His tone on the songs range from douchey (Follow You Home, Animals) to dull as all hell (Far Away, If Everyone Cared). However, he can still bring it at the microphone when we really wants to. Check the Creed-ish "Savin' Me" or the tounge-in-cheek "Rockstar" for proof.

The production of the album can shine in spots as well. Producer Joey Moi gives his all on tracks like "Follow You Home" where the polishing is no too much or too less; Although on most other songs, such as "If Everyone Cared", he overdoes it to the point where it's almost as if machines are playing the instruments. The mixing on the album isn't done very well with some instruments, such as the bass, which in most spots you can barely hear. The guitars stand out though, as well as Kroeger's voice. The drums are well mixed too. Daniel Adair's excellent drumming is easily audible to the ear on all the songs, the most notable ones being "Animals" and "Someone That Your With" the latter song being the perfect example of a filler track, with the drumming as its only highlight.

In the end, All The Right Reasons is an average mainstream rock album by an average mainstream rock band. If you enjoy average rock of music, you'll certainly enjoy this album, but those who don't will be left in the dust. Although the hate for Nickelback may continue to flow, people will always find a reason to defend them. All The Right Reasons, however, is not a good defense.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
psandy
April 5th 2015


280 Comments


Ranty within the first sentence

WesleyJones
April 5th 2015


199 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Damn



What about the whole thing

psandy
April 5th 2015


280 Comments


Minor grammar but shit happens. I thought it was pretty good, just try to avoid cliches in the future.

Necrotica
April 5th 2015


10693 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This album's quite decent

ScuroFantasma
Emeritus
April 5th 2015


11947 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I like the band tbh. Obviously not amazing musicians or great songwriters but I can enjoy some of their stuff regardless. I like Chad's voice too so there's that. Review is good man, pos'd.

WesleyJones
April 5th 2015


199 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Cool we all got opinions

WesleyJones
April 5th 2015


199 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

LOOK AT DIS PHOTUUUURGRAAAAUUUUUUAA

iamamanfromspace
April 5th 2015


1030 Comments


who the hell are Bush?

TheSupernatural
April 5th 2015


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

That first paragraph gave me cancer. If there were such a thing as a "big four" of post-grunge, it would be Nickeback, Creed, Staind, and either Bush or Filter.



But anyone who honestly confuses a Breaking Benjamin song for a Nickelback song hasn't heard more than one song from either of them. I'm way more likely to get black metal bands confused because those all sound the same for the most part.

Necrotica
April 5th 2015


10693 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"I'm way more likely to get black metal bands confused because those all sound the same for the most part."



haha wtf

TheSonomaDude
April 5th 2015


9025 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

"If there were such a thing as a "big four" of post-grunge, it would be Nickeback, Creed, Staind, and either Bush or Filter."



Bush, easily. Filter had like one hit, whereas Bush had around six.



Necrotica
April 5th 2015


10693 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Foo Fighters?

Tunaboy45
April 5th 2015


18385 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Album isn't terrible.

MattTD
April 5th 2015


678 Comments


Never listened to a Nickelback album. Don't ever intend to.

iamamanfromspace
April 5th 2015


1030 Comments


nah Breaking Benjamin fit in with those other bands just fine, they're equally insufferable

Artuma
April 5th 2015


32756 Comments


one of the dumbest summaries on the site

MattTD
April 5th 2015


678 Comments


"lol Nickelback sucks amirite guys lmao" - like every first time Sputnik user

ckssr1
April 5th 2015


289 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Because Nickelback do suck...

Snake.
April 5th 2015


25192 Comments


how do i report reviews again

LepreCon
April 5th 2015


5481 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Rating is correct but review content is all kinds of wtf



Anywho, Nickelback hate is tiresome, sure we all know they're shite but they're not the worst band ever or anything like that.



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