Album Reviews

Nickelback – Here And Now

on November 22, 2011, 7:57am
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Nickelback has, in recent years, proven itself virtually bulletproof against a slew of negative reactions, including some on this very site. The band wins industry-certified awards, yet it still invokes the petitioning wrath of a state known for giving the world the Insane Clown Posse. Regardless of who you’re rooting for musically, when a pseudo-rap group in carnival face paint gets a yearly festival in its honor, and the Detroit Lions ask your band to leave, well…best get to riding out.

Here And Now stands nearly identical to Nickelback’s last three albums in terms of track arrangement, though unlike the ’08 perv proponent Dark Horse, hedonism is a little less prevalent at each turn, despite party anthem “Bottoms Up” being a lead-off single. Here And Now predictably falls off the radar by its own third track–single number two, “When We Stand Together”, an “Everyone Cared” copycat left proving that Chickenfoot has more relevance and depth in one recent socio-political outset than vocalist Chad Kroeger and company have had their whole career.

Sharply played “Midnight Queen” feels like a song that AC/DC could have done 10 times better, while future guilty pleasure “Gotta Get Me Some” is a loud and loaded “Bottoms Up, Part II”, without the class to admit it. “Lullaby” gets crippled by voice effects, as “Trying Not To Love You” apes “Someday” as though it totally hasn’t been out of style since 2004. “Kiss It Goodbye”, boasting a “Shit Is Fucked Up” cautionary element and the hardest edge since “Side Of A Bullet”, gets left sequentially, sonically, and proportionally out of place amidst the brand Nickelback has unintentionally become.

Every critic that has ripped into these once-welcomed transients from the north will most likely do so again, here. Pop culture has made that job so damned easy, the challenge becomes whether or not we can salvage anything from Nickelback’s latest releases. The answer is as relative as any music, popular or otherwise: All we ask of you is to understand why a lack of substance, though mildly amusing, is no substitute for wholesome art. Here And Now might prove to be a step above the last effort, but likewise a step high enough to hang its creators on a barn rafter.

Essential Tracks: “Kiss It Goodbye”, “This Means War”.

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Dre
June 20, 2012 at 12:07 pm

really bad review!!!

Anonymous
April 1, 2012 at 3:25 am

Today’s Nickelback is yesterday’s BTO. Both from Canada, both excellent
rock sound…not the hardest or edgiest but who cares. They also have in
common damn good songs which will be popular forever. Can you say
“are we having fun yet” as you’re “takin’ care of business”…..

Mike
January 3, 2012 at 4:12 am

I honestly understand where anyone who doesn’t like a certain band or genre of music can come from. personally, I actually like nickelback and think that they play good music. however, my opinion isnt everything, just another voice in a sea of endless thoughts

Tkddragon1000
December 9, 2011 at 6:03 am

Nickelback is AWESOME, All the Right Reasons was THE BEST, Here and Now is AWESOME, and no one here is aware of what talent really is. Everyone today sings with robot/techno-like voices because they have no real talent, to be honest. Chad actually has talent and a voice to go with it. These guys are a real band and not a computerized excuse for a band which most are these days. Not to criticize anyone, just addressing the lack of knowledge in the field of skills here. Nicklelback is amazing, Chad and the rest, keep up the good work.
oh and by the way, whoever remarked about the fact that they are from Canada, I suggest you take a class in reality and wake-up to the fact that nationality doesn’t determine one’s individual skills. Everyone here should take a class on talent.

Greg Percifield
November 30, 2011 at 6:16 am

Well said.  I quoted your last sentence and linked to your blog at http://www.musicforte.com/article/album-review-nickelback-here-and-now/

M.J.
November 23, 2011 at 8:58 pm

crappy review…

Joe
November 23, 2011 at 12:30 am

This got 2 stars to many. 

Dan
November 22, 2011 at 10:53 pm

I’ve very curious as to why you guys even wasted your time reviewing a Nickleback album.  Shittiest band = Shittiest album.  I’ve ended friendships with people because they told me they listen to Nickleback.

David Buchanan
November 22, 2011 at 11:51 pm

Everything’s open to critique, good or bad…popular, unpopular. It’s a broad spectrum.

normie
November 23, 2011 at 5:22 pm

I suspect you weren’t missed much.

Jenny1962
May 8, 2012 at 2:24 am

 Dan, Dan, Dan if you are going to shit on Nickelback then how about spelling the name right:

“NICKELBACK  not  NICKLEBACK”.

Seems to me your friendship means jack shit to others, who needs “friends” who will dump you by the music you listen to.

Go ask “Jack Shit” to be your friend, seems you have a lot in common!

Mike
November 22, 2011 at 8:35 pm

theyre from canada

CapnCrunch
November 22, 2011 at 11:48 pm

Winner for the mantle of Cap’n Obvious, ladies and gents.

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