Nickelback
All the Right Reasons


2.5
average

Review

by nomiddlename USER (13 Reviews)
December 27th, 2018 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Great album tracks, so-so singles.

There's not a lot to love about Nickelback. But there really isn't a lot to hate about Nickelback either. They're not innovative, at least not outside of the post-grunge genre. Their songs are similar once you get down to it. Their lyrical themes are questionable. Their singer either makes or breaks the band's likeability.

All of these flaws are still present on their 2005 album, All the Right Reasons. Yet this also just so happens to be an album that at least plays to their instrumental strengths. Double bass drums kick off the opener, "Follow You Home," plus there's a nice bit of rumbling bass guitar on "Fight for All the Wrong Reasons." And "Next Contestant" has a weird guitar effect in the beginning that demands your attention. "Side of a Bullet" kind of cheats by overdubbing a guitar solo from Dimebag Darrell, whom both the track and album are dedicated to, yet the rest of the chugging guitars are some of the finest riffs that the band has ever played. But that's about it.

The rest of the record is exactly what you would expect from a hard rock/post-grunge band like Nickelback. And considering that most of those aforementioned songs weren't singles, then it's obvious that it's the singles that bring down the album. Although "Far Away" is a decent song (albeit with cheesy lyrics), "Photograph," "Animals," and especially "Rockstar" should not ever be played more than once. "Animals" is completely ruined by its overtly sexual messages, and "Photograph" by its stupid attempt at nostalgia and sentiment. Somewhere out there, Kim is cringing at those lyrics written by her former boyfriend (unless that kiss was a dare, which is probably more likely). Finally, "Rockstar" is 100% satirical for sure, but even so, it only sounds good once.

"Savin' Me" and "If Everyone Cared" are two more tracks that sound good at first, only to sound plain mediocre after repeated listens. "Savin' Me" starts off with some acoustic picking, whereas "If Everyone Cared" begins with subtle piano. That doesn't hide the fact that the latter song attempts to be an anthem, though. And "Savin' Me," despite being a decent song, could use a little bit more flair.

There's no denying that All the Right Reasons is not perfect. It sounds too much like a compilation of hits, which are all either hard rockers or ballads. There's no in-between, and that makes this album incredibly hit-and-miss, very spotty, and uneven. Still, "Next Contestant" and "Side of a Bullet" manage to be great rockers that avoid cliche sing-a-long choruses. "Far Away" is far and away the best of the slower songs, mostly because of the drum work. And "Rockstar" still looks incredibly, intentionally funny on paper, just not so much as an annoying country-tinged ear-worm.

When it comes to Nickelback, it's simply a matter of being able to tell between their good songs and their bad songs. And unfortunately, it's mostly the singles that are of lesser quality. To judge the whole album as utterly terrible, on the other hand, is an action that should probably be reconsidered.

Track Picks:

"Far Away"
"Next Contestant" (BEST TRACK)
"Side of a Bullet"

Overall Rating: 2.5 stars



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SymbolicInTime
December 27th 2018


4774 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Always nice to see someone not tearing Nickelback apart for the sake of tearing them apart. Nice write-up.

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Realm
December 27th 2018


2509 Comments


This is a great 11th review for this

veninblazer
December 27th 2018


10170 Comments


Another one...jesus christ

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veninblazer
December 27th 2018


10170 Comments


should I just write one up myself since this is becoming a trend now? Jesus fuck

veninblazer
December 27th 2018


10170 Comments


innocent until proven guilty my guy

veninblazer
December 27th 2018


10170 Comments


no i'm not

veninblazer
December 27th 2018


10170 Comments


who the hell are you

veninblazer
December 27th 2018


10170 Comments


no seriously, whose alt are you

Flugmorph
December 27th 2018


21805 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

hilarious

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Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
December 27th 2018


16815 Comments


Agent talking to himself on a Nickelback thread. I think we lost him.

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veninblazer
December 27th 2018


10170 Comments


wait what?
appears the guy i was responding to got b& lol

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
December 27th 2018


16815 Comments


Lmao

veninblazer
December 27th 2018


10170 Comments


i saw the same dude going unhinged on drake and 6ix9ine threads making pedo jokes so makes sense

Tunaboy45
December 28th 2018


16788 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

okay dis is ebin

joshieboy
December 29th 2018


6969 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Animals is a banger

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