Review Summary: Nickelback, The taste-breaker.
This is the one with Photograph.
For some reason I used to associate with the Nickelback hate train, and it's truly blissful since I've started to enjoy their music. They're a band you can't really talk about unless you want to start a heated debate with their massive fanbase and the pretentious post-grunge hating people. It's obviously really easy to hate this band, the singles from this album were taking up all of the Alternative radio station's playtime in the 2000's. They're still played regularly to this day on my local rock radio station. At this point, Nickelback had nothing to lose. This album's aesthetic really gives this off. The CD case is an incredibly cheap and sensitive piece of plastic that is practically made to break itself. This is obviously the case so that the Nickelback fans would buy more units of their precious money album released in 2005.
This was made for money. There's no doubt about that, and this is a common phenomenon in the music industry, but it seems like it became a hell of a lot more transparent in the 2000's. The photo-shoot for "All the Right Reasons" shows the band in their usual poses but in a rural area in the band's hometown. It's truly a sickening sight looking at Nickelback's photo-shoots. It's an important detail to mention when discussing this album.
This album has the usual 11 tracks, like most of their discography. It's somehow their best-selling album, it's far from my favorite, but I suppose this was truly released at the perfect time when the people were ready for it. They also got some good publicity by changing their line-up with 3 Doors Down, giving Nickelback a brand new drummer. Wanna know something really funny" 7 of the 11 tracks were released as singles. So this is kind of like the Year of the Snitch of post-grunge.
So the primary singles on this album are "Photograph", "Savin' Me", "Far Away", "If Everyone Cared", and "Rockstar". The latter single easily being the worst track on the album. Holy moly is that song generic and performed terribly. I used to feel the same way about "Photograph", until I started sitting through it to spread out more time to get to "Animals" (the best track). "Savin' Me" is basically an infinitely superior version of "Far Away" in being a mostly soft and sweet rock song. There's a great industrial element to these tracks which I really haven't noticed on any of their albums until "Feed the Machine". "If Everyone Cared" is a sweet song, but it can be really annoying if you're not in the mood for it. The album kicks off straight into the lyrically unsettling track "Follow You Home" which I percieved as a sort of revenge story to the lyrics, but apparently people think Chad Kroeger is a stalker or something real stupid like that. Also, this track has a ton of killer riffs literally played by the ZZ Top guitarist, which is dope. It's followed up by what I can only call the title track, "Fight For All the Wrong Reasons", which has one momentary metal breakdown, which is easily one of the sickest moments on the album. I wouldn't call Nickelback a metal band, they may as well be Nu-Metal, but if anything they're straight up Pop Rock. The lyrics on the title track basically explain the "Wrong Reasons" as sexual desires.
"Photograph" comes up and grabs you violently with it's very unique guitar riff. The thing with Photograph's lyrics is that they're made to be relatable to just about everyone, so it's one of their most recognized songs and for a good reason. It's very catchy like most of their songs. It's simply describing Chad's inability to say goodbye to unintentionally lost friends. Beautiful track in my opinion, however it's followed up immediately with the most ridiculous song on the album, "Animals". It has everything a good rock song should have, really melodic distorted guitars, punchy bass, a totally sick vocal flow. The rest of the album I haven't mentioned yet has some highlights like the frat anthem "Next Contestant", honestly the lyrics are horrible but Chad's delivery works perfectly with them. "Side of A Bullet" is a tribute song to the Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell, who got shot on stage. They wanted to get Vinnie Paul on the track, but he declined because Nickelback sucks bro! Just kidding, he gave them permission to use some outtakes Dimebag Darrell was gonna put on Vulgar Display of Power and Far Beyond Driven, which they combined into a medley for the guitar solo in the track. It's a badass solo, so it's worth hearing definitely.
In conclusion, "All the Right Reasons" sold more units than Pantera's entire discography.