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Nickelback - Dark Horse Review

Category: , , By Manu
I was first drawn to Nickelback by Chad Kroeger's grungy voice and catchy hooks, which can be seen in plenty in their songs. I became officially a Nickelback fan with the album "Long Road" released on 2003. "Someday", "Figured You Out", and "Because of You" was so likeable. The "All the Right Reasons" released in 2005 and it swept me off my feet. I can't think of even a single track which is below par. I fell in love with the album instantly. It also sold more than 8 million copies worldwide.

Because of the popularity of their last album and their reputation of delivering Platinum Hits three in a row, tremendous pressure was on Nickelback to come up with a new better album. RollingStones put it correctly -"What's a poor rock band to do when your last album sold 8 million copies at a time when nobody buys CDs anymore? You can hire a guy who produced AC/DC, Def Leppard and Shania Twain albums that sold even more." Amidst worldwide hopes of an earth shattering new record, Nickelback released Dark Horse on November 18th 2008.

With the new album, Nickelback definitely took a step backward. You can't say this is bad, but, it can't top "All the Right Reasons". Teaming up with legendary producer Robert "Mutt" Lange (the sonic architect behind Back in Black and Pyromania, two of hard rock's towering monuments) they fail to deliver upto the hope of its fans worldwide. Lange decides to give the band a production caught somewhere between the two extremes of AC/DC and Def Leppard and that doesn't come off too nice. We get to see a different Nickelback from what we have seen and come to like.

The first track is a great opener but lyrically its a kryptonite for feminists. Lyrically the whole album has a turn in the wrong direction. Every nook and corner is filled with cliches. But musically the album is above average, but below "All the Right Reasons" Those who don't really listen to the lyrics of songs will love this album.

Chad Kroeger still delivers with his deep throated voice in "Burn it to the Ground", "This Afternoon", "S.E.X". Power ballads "Gotta Be Somebody" and "If Today Was Your Last Day" hit the mark musically as well as lyrically. "I'd come for you" also deserves a mention.

If you had a run in with "All the right Reasons" and is expecting a similar record this album will be a let down. But for others this will be an above average album which they will grow to like. I didn't like this album the first time i heard it, but as i heard it more and more it grew on me. So give it atleast two or three chances before you throw away the CD.

My Verdict- "Give it at least two or three chances before you throw away the CD.If you had a run in with "All the right Reasons" and is expecting a similar record this album will be a let down. But for others this will be an above average album which they will grow to like."


My Rating - 2.5/5

After Hearing a couple more times I though I should change the rating to 3/5
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2 comments so far.

  1. Anonymous November 23, 2008 at 4:33 PM
    ok with me
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  2. akhil DaMoDaRaN November 24, 2008 at 10:30 AM
    i really like the songs of the new album of nickelback , mainly something in your mouth , and this afternoon.
    i am a great music lover of nickelaback.


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