Nickelback
All the Right Reasons


2.0
poor

Review

by Rammbrecher USER (2 Reviews)
December 26th, 2020 | 38 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Starting to sink.

In my opinion, Nickelback’s career thus far can be catalogued into three distinct phases.

Phase 1: Validation (Curb, The State, Silver Side Up, The Long Road)

Phase 2: Damnation (All The Right Reasons, Dark Horse, Here and Now)

Phase 3: Salvation (No Fixed Address, Feed The Machine)

To be honest, material from the first and third phase of the band’s journey is actually of some merit. From a purely analytical standpoint, though, the most interesting albums are All The Right Reasons and No Fixed Address. All The Right Reasons is, however, clearly the focus here. The band had just come off of The Long Road, one of their strongest and heaviest outings to this day, and they were riding the waves of success they had worked so hard to earn. Where Silver Side Up utilizes a more mellow approach, The Long Road cranks everything up to eleven, embracing alternative metal stylings. That project is far from perfect, but the riffs are tight, the vocals are appropriately gruff, the rhythm section of the band aids in carrying the heavier style, and the lyrics fit the tone of the project quite well. One would think that the band would choose to continue pursuing the darker, more metal-focused sound that was established on that record.

For some reason, this is not what happened. Maybe it was the success of mid-tempo rocker “Someday”, maybe it was a legitimate interest in diversifying the catalogue, but whatever the reason, Nickelback chose to take another direction with their follow-up. Thus, a lot of the most detested components about the band were introduced. Unnecessarily graphic, sexualized lyrics? Check (“It’s just a little hard to leave/when you’re going down on me… on the bus, it’s the best/ when I blow it on your chest”). Over-the-top, testosterone-fueled pseudo-bravado? Check (“Everybody keeps coming onto her...I’m hating what she’s wearing/everybody here keeps staring…Is that your hand on my girlfriend?/is that your hand?... I’ll watch you leave here limping”). Ham-fisted attempts at inspirational ballads, specifically crafted for adult contemporary radio play? Check (“I love you/I’ve loved you all along/and I miss you/been far away far too long”).

Rock single “Animals” is the archetype of this album’s general blueprint. The main riff is insanely simple, especially in comparison to the more intricate guitar work on the previous two records (see “Woke Up This Morning” and “Because Of You” for proof that this group can actually write engaging music when they try). Chad and the gang may have thought that lyrics comparing a gearshift to a cock and sex in a car to sex between wild animals were clever, but alas, they are not. Again, this track is a prime example of how the group chose to intentionally dumb their work down for All The Right Reasons.

On the ballad side, the album fares little better. “If Everyone Cared” contains lyrics such as: “If everyone cared/and nobody cried/if everyone loved/and nobody lied”, which is beyond wishful thinking and rests solely in the realm of Hallmark cards. “Far Away” is a lazy, boring attempt at pandering to country and adult contemporary radio stations, complete with acoustic guitars and even an orchestra. I’m aware that “Photograph” is off of this album, and it’s awful, but that horse has rightfully been beat to death.

To be fair, this is only the beginning of the worst phase of this band’s career, and as such, there are some positives to note. The production throughout its gorgeous and keeps everything crystal clear, and extra props to the band’s consistently rock solid guitar tone. As horrendous as some of these lyrics get, the music occasionally softens the blow. While “Rockstar” is absolutely beyond saving, “Fight For All The Wrong Reasons” is a sonic barn-burner, in spite of its juvenile efforts at crafting a toxic relationship/breakup song. “Follow You Home” is a complete package, though, with playfully creepy lyrics- so over-the-top that they cannot be taken seriously- about a stalker, and a nice, southern rock-fried spice to add some flavor. “Savin’ Me” is a powerful ballad, properly utilizing orchestral elements that blend well with Chad’s voice. The lyrics are, surprisingly, provoking, discussing a man who knows he needs to change, but isn’t quite sure if he can see it through. As for Kroeger’s vocals, they will always be an acquired taste, but they fit this project well enough.

However, in large part, the changes the band decided to make were bad, and make for a far below-average post-grunge effort. Opting to dumb down the lyrics and instrumentals in favor of a more “commercial” approach may well have succeeded financially, but that decision sunk this band in the eyes of several casual and hardcore fans.


user ratings (1709)
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other reviews of this album
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  • somewhereibelong (5)
    "What if Nickelback's decision to let the music speak for itself is, ironically, their big...

    nomiddlename (2.5)
    Great album tracks, so-so singles....

    gnrcdstrtdpwrchrd (3)
    It's sad that Nickelback's one decent album is washed away in the sea of hate deservingly ...

    Spec (3)
    The well done vocals don't make up for the sub-par lyrics. Album is good but nothing more ...

  • TheZehan (4.5)
    The only Nickelback album that doesn't deserve the hate it receives....

    tribestros (3)
    Nickelback's All The Right Reasons features a few golden songs mixed with a few bland and ...

    madmunch (4)
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    WesleyJones (2.5)
    Chapter V of VIII: Numbers Don't Lie...

  • sugarcubes (3)
    Let me improvise this 3rd review of All the Right Reasons in the same day. It's not the wo...

    JTmusic1995 (4)
    The album that made Nickelback the biggest band in the world witht their radio-friendly mi...

    Pagepage251 (1.5)
    Fun for all the wrong reasons....



Comments:Add a Comment 
CaliggyJack
December 26th 2020


4253 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Disagree animals is one of their best tracks and compared to other albums, this has so many bangers

Rammbrecher
December 26th 2020


8 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Caliggy the lyrics on this are SO horrible for the vast majority of the time that it hurts the music behind it. I definitely agree there's some decent music on here, but for me, I think they have bangers on other records that have better lyrics, and I personally prefer those. Thanks for the read (: !!

TundraL5Z
December 26th 2020


5586 Comments


h8rz don't understand the genius of nickelback

TheAntichrist
December 26th 2020


1917 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

animals is both funny and a solid nickelback tune wut u smokin crack ram man lol

CaliggyJack
December 26th 2020


4253 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"animals is both funny and a solid nickelback tune wut u smokin crack ram man lol" [2]

ian b
December 26th 2020


1387 Comments


great review for a first, though i will say - never use the word aid or aids after the word band because from a glance, i mean who knows, for all i know this could be a Band-Aid brand review if i didnt read the entire thing !

PumpBoffBag
December 26th 2020


974 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah dece review. Unlike their other records, I’m ashamed to admit I don’t hate this one

CaliggyJack
December 26th 2020


4253 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"I’m ashamed to admit I don’t hate this one"



They're not that bad. The meme is like 15 years old at this point.

Snake.
December 27th 2020


22600 Comments


i have always wondered which end of the car on the album cover we were seeing

ian b
December 27th 2020


1387 Comments


well, considering the headlights are facing the camera, i'd be a bit concerned if it was the actually the back end

Eakflanderyof
December 27th 2020


3071 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Whenever I can't find my keys I like to randomly bust out "THE KEYS OH PLEASE!"

Rammbrecher
December 27th 2020


8 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

First of all, I greatly appreciate all the positive feedback and hilarious comments.



Caliggy, you are correct. I've listened to all of their albums, and the majority of them are actually fairly solid. Snake, I've had the same question myself.

ian b
December 27th 2020


1387 Comments


clearly you dont appreciate the feedback if you left in yr fucking Band-Aid brand review smh

also i hope i was able to clear up years' worth of confusion, because it indeed the front of the car that is driving towards the camera taking the cover-art

Snake.
December 28th 2020


22600 Comments


idk it could be the tail lights too? also the rest of the picture seems to be in motion heading towards instead of away from the sunset so idk why they would be snapping the front end of the car

DivergentThinking
December 28th 2020


6790 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Pretty good album. Yeah, it has it's fair share of stinkers (especially Rockstar), but the heavier songs make up for that. Animals, Side of a Bullet, and Fight for All the Wrong Reasons are straight up bangers

Rammbrecher
December 28th 2020


8 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Side of a Bullet is alright, guitar riffs are cool.

Eakflanderyof
December 28th 2020


3071 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

"idk it could be the tail lights too? also the rest of the picture seems to be in motion heading towards instead of away from the sunset so idk why they would be snapping the front end of the car"



It's clearly the front of the car lol. Hoodscoop on the front and you can tell by what side of the road they're on

CaliggyJack
December 28th 2020


4253 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"Yeah, it has it's fair share of stinkers (especially Rockstar)"



wat

DivergentThinking
December 28th 2020


6790 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Did I stutter? lol

CaliggyJack
December 28th 2020


4253 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

you stuttered a wrong opinion



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