Sound — 6
To three years from the last world success, "All The Right Reasons", with well 11 million copies sold all over the world, Nickelback return with theirs new expected album "Dark Horse." From the name of the album it would be said that the band would have acquired a more sound "dark" and "bad", partly it has happened, and I underline "partly" in how much it has been more than a wise decision, that taken by the band. I make sense of better me, the band has characterized halves "Dark Horse" with a sound more aggressive than it is immediately noticed by the first two songs "Something in Your Mouth", according to single extracted by the album and "Burn It to the Ground", for then to continue in other songs of the album as "Next Go Round." While the other halves the album has been realized with their old style, all it takes is seeing the first single extract "Gotta Be Somebody", in short "post grunge" by Nickelback. The choice has been wise, as I told precedence, in how much the choice of the band is comprehensible because wanting to try to modernize the sound you/they have opted for a more aggressive sound, without however to misuse of it and to risk to let the old fans to get further and to estrange from the greatest part of their public, remembers however that the band has almost sold 30 million copies with 5 albums, I leave to you to draw it's conclusions. Skipping this, in complex the album doesn't is not result of it exceptional, of it a suit failure, to mine modest opinion but an enough album. Besides I have found a certain similarity of "Dark Horse" with the good album of the Alter Bridge "Blackbird", with which is not the least comparison to technical level, in how much from that part there is the mythical Mark Tremonti, and however clean superiority is easily noticed to level of sound(this has been one impression of mine, I could also be wrong). To conclude the chapter on the sound, makes to notice the good ones but not sublime guitar solos that are in the album, as that in " Next Go Round" and others. A total sufficiency for the rest of the musical part, which doesn't detach in any part, but it is prepared to simply do it's duty. The fact stays that this album reaches the sufficiency and not more.
Lyrics — 7
The part regarding the lyrics, also this reaches the sufficiency, this because in "Dark Horse" they are present songs with some very good lyrics as "If Today Was Your Last Day", "Never Gonna Be Alone" and also "Gotta Be Somebody", in which the lyrics are not impressive, but they have to their inside a valid message, even though very discounted. But other songs have some really bleak and senseless lyrics, S.E.X. and Burn It To The Ground, as if it's had only been written about to say something during the songs, this it could also be all right, if the sound had been sublime and it overhung the part of the lyrics, but so it is not, as the sound, as I have told precedence, it is as soon as enough. I don't want to illustrate you void respect the lyric, I leave it's to you to go to see alone and you will understand of what I am speaking about. As it regards the singing, by now we have gotten used to the unmistakable voice of Chad Kroeger, enough only a sigh to recognize him. Nothing to be said. Great voice. vote in more for the voice.
Overall Impression — 6
The first impression that has come me from "Dark Horse", it has been that of a half revolution of Nickelback, not completely result, even if the album he allows to listen, we could count it as a small footstep for a change in positive, but nothing more. This album will leave the bitterness in mouth to many, even if I am sure that it will be a big success however, more for the mark of factory that for worth really. only recommend this album to the old fans of the band, while for all the other I would say to spend your money for best albums.