Nickelback
Silver Side Up


3.5
great

Review

by Storm In A Teacup USER (106 Reviews)
July 2nd, 2006 | 35 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist


I don’t know why, but Canada has a lot of things that I particularly don’t like. There’s hockey, which is almost as boring as soccer. Then there’s cold weather, which is my version of hell. And lastly is Nickelback, which oddly enough I did actually once like.

“Curb” and “The State” may have given Nickelback the key to achieving mainstream success, but “Silver Side Up” knocked the door down. A strong series of singles convinced more and more people to buy the album, leading to a staggering fifteen million in sales. It’s sad however that the following albums would pounce on the popularity of “Silver Side Up” by producing what seem half-hearted and recycled versions of this third album. Even though Nickelback wasn’t original in the first place they were still able to kick out the tunes. “Curb” and “The State” were solid, but didn’t have much appeal. “Silver Side Up” takes the solid writing of those two albums and added something that both lacked, catchiness.

“Never Again” starts everything off perfect. A rumbling bass line and catchy guitar riff are the prelude to what back then would have been surprising, singer Chad Kroeger being catchy. His voice wasn’t that impressive, if not monotonous on the bands first two albums. But now he’s fluid and extremely easy to get into. The emotion put into “Never Again” is more serious and in-depth than any other song by Nickelback besides one other (which will be talked about). Chad takes the view of a small child who witnesses his father abusing his mom. “I hear her scream from down the hall-Amazing she can even walk at all-She cries to me, ‘go back to bed’-I’m terrified she’ll wind up dead in his hands-She’s just a woman, never again” It’s a very painful song and gets progressively worse. “Just tell the nurse you slipped and fell-It starts to sting as it starts to swell-She looks at you, she wants the truth-It’s right out there in the waiting room with those hands-Lookin’ just as sweet as he can, never again” Eventually it gets to the breaking point and actually has an ending unlike a lot of songs that go on, but don’t close out properly. “He’s drunk again, it’s time to fight-Same old ***, just on a different night-She grabs the gun, she’s had enough-Tonight she’ll find out how ***in’ tough is this man-Pulls the trigger as fast as she can, never again”.

What’s easily the best song and shows real emotional hardship is “Too Bad”. It’s about how Chad and Mike’s father left them with their mother when they were kids. “You left without saying goodbye, although I’m sure you tried-You call the house from time to time to make sure we’re alive-But you weren’t there when I needed you the most-And now I dream about it, and how it’s so bad-Father’s hands are lined with guilt from tearing us apart-Guess it worked out in the end, just look at where we are-We made it out, we still got clothing on our backs-and now I scream about it, and how it’s so bad, it’s so bad, it’s so bad” The opening is the most memorable and slumbering (odd as it is say) part of “Silver Side Up”. The musicianship here is displayed perfectly. One thing that Nickelback isn’t credited enough for is Mike’s bass playing. He and drummer Ryan Vikedal intertwine flawlessly in the beginning and throughout the song, something that seems to come naturally all over “Silver Side Up”. Even the guitars make a name for themselves by both playing parts of a solo trading off from one headphone to the other creating for a really cool effect and then closing the song out with a short solo from one guitar. This may in fact be called one of the greatest songs of the last twenty years.

What a lot of Nickelback’s albums had a problem with is having a ton of filler, but “Silver Side Up” once again is the scholarly one of the group. “Hollywood” would give the image that the band is just a bunch of southern kids. It’s heavy on the riffs with a distorted effect and Chad gives off a slight drawl at times with effects on the backup vocals. “Hangnail” has the catchiest guitar riff of the whole album at the beginning and the switching from heavy to soft makes for fun times. “Good Times Gone” closes out the record. The string attachment and acoustic guitar in the beginning and other parts provide a mellow feeling that is the perfect ending to the record. Some riffs on “Silver Side Up” may sound a lot a like at times, but there is enough material to warrant several listens. This is easily Nickelback’s best record by being half of their beginning selves and half their present selves. The band really had talent despite the hints of repetitiveness throughout and then only got worse by being even more repetitive.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Ephemeral
July 2nd 2006


144 Comments


Their songs sound very alike to me. Good review though.

Storm In A Teacup
July 2nd 2006


24550 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

[quote=]Except for that.[/quote]:p I never expected myself to think that of Nickelback, but it's true (I think at least).

Storm In A Teacup
July 2nd 2006


24550 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Not everyone is meant to agree on everything so it's all good. :thumb:

Bron-Yr-Aur
July 2nd 2006


4405 Comments


This band is a guilty pleasure of mine, actually. But only some of it.

Jom
Staff Reviewer
July 2nd 2006


3106 Comments


"Too Bad" is sososo good. "How You Remind Me" is not that horrific of a song - it was just a victim of excessive overplaying on mainstream radio. Excessive may not even be the best word to describe how often that track was played. The rest of the album is alright, but except for "Too Bad," there isn't really a spectacular track on here.
The review was solid, as per usual. Nice job.

Two-Headed Boy
July 12th 2006


4527 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I've been thinking of review Curb recently.

I don’t know why, but Canada has a lot of things that I particularly don’t like. There’s hockey, which is almost as boring as soccer. Then there’s cold weather, which is my version of hell. And lastly is Nickelback, which oddly enough I did actually once like.


There's my stereotype for the day.

Nice review.

Zesty Mordant
July 12th 2006


1196 Comments


There’s hockey, which is almost as boring as soccer.

godammit, you better be grateful that you're saying this over the internet and not in person.

Brain Dead
July 12th 2006


1150 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Ha ha Zesty Mordant. I'm with you though. I'm from Minnesota, which is pretty much a mini-Canada when it comes to hockey.

Two-Headed Boy
July 12th 2006


4527 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Hockey is really over-rated. Every game is the same.



Same with Soccer.

Zesty Mordant
July 12th 2006


1196 Comments


How is hockey overrated? and every sport is not the same. That's why there's different sports in the first place.

Storm In A Teacup
July 12th 2006


24550 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

He meant every game is the same, not every sport.

Cravinov13
July 12th 2006


3854 Comments


Hockey is fun only for the senseless break outs in violence amongst players.

Patrick
July 12th 2006


1891 Comments


I find hockey exciting. Not sure why. All other sports bore me when I watch them on tv cept baseball.

Two-Headed Boy
July 12th 2006


4527 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Let's spam some more, shall we?

The Jungler
July 12th 2006


4826 Comments


I would probably like Hockey if the Whalers were still around... oh well, good review.
Oh, and cold weather > Nickelback.

metallicaman8
July 12th 2006


4677 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

There's no need to be dissin Canada. That was a pretty cheap shot.This Message Edited On 07.12.06

Zesty Mordant
July 12th 2006


1196 Comments


I would probably like Hockey if the Whalers were still around... oh well, good review.

I used to have an old Whaler's jersey, it kicked ass, and besides they became the Hurricanes who won the Cup this year.
Let's spam some more, shall we?

lol @ hypocrisy

Bron-Yr-Aur
July 12th 2006


4405 Comments


There's no need to be dissin Canada. That was a pretty cheap shot.


Making jokes about Canada is almost redundant. People should make fun of something that's less abused. Like Chad Kroeger. Or the other guys in Nickelback who don't appear to have names or any form of identification.
This Message Edited On 07.12.06

metallicaman8
July 12th 2006


4677 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Agreed. Plus we Candadians could easily rip on America....but we don't really have any bombs or anything. We just have like trucks with shotguns on the top.This Message Edited On 07.12.06

south_of_heaven 11
July 12th 2006


5513 Comments


So anyway, its story time. I have the highest amount of fear possible for my Strength/Conditioning coach. He is also my personal trainer. Him and about three other people own a Athletic Training Facility (its sweet). Anyway, while I was warming up, he put in Nickelback. I kept my laughing to myself, seeing as how I didnt want this crazy SOB to kill me. Now this guy never laughes. Smiles. No emotion. And he puts on this accoustic song and looks at me and says, "Every weekend me and my buddies sit on my deck and listen to this song and drink....kool-aid".

So what I'm getting at here is apparently Kool-Aid is for a real bad-a**



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