Sound — 7
First of all, I love Nickelback. I think they are a great band, and I had high expectations for this album. I think when they make a good rock song, it is some of the best in modern rock today, due to those great hooks and riffs. The name of the album obviously tries to say that they are trying something new music wise, but I couldnt disagree more. I think this album sounds a lot like All the Right Reasons. The heavy songs have these great riffs, but the lighter songs are boring and overrated. I personally am against half of a heavy rock bands album to be slow and sappy.
Lyrics — 7
Chad is known to be pretty blunt with his lyrics, and he doesn't change that formula in this one. He believes, just like other rockers, in Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll. He shows that by writing songs about Sex, Drugs and Rock And Roll. My personal favorite is S.E.X. Great riff, and amusing lyrics. When Chad writes songs about sex, they manage to be hillarious, just look at Animals. Something in Your Mouth follows the same formula, as well as Next Go Round and Shakin Hands. Burn it to the ground describes getting drunk and partying, but I was really surprised with Just to get High. Chad never has been shy about joking about Marijuana, but this one takes a different apparoach. I don't know if it's based on a true story or not, but I find it to be a sad song about his friend overdosing. I think this song is Chad's best written song of the album, and it is a great example of taking a slow song and making it very rock oriented. The other slow songs I can't say the same about. They all sound very radio friendly, and all talk about love and wanting his lady back and what-not. I try to avoid them. As far as the singer goes, well it's chad. No one sounds like chad.
Overall Impression — 7
Compared to their other albums, this one would probably rank on the lower half of the list. Not last, but that's because for the most part I wasn't a fan of Curb (except fly). My favorite album is still The State, followed by Silver Side Up, because both of those have a cornucopia of heavy songs with great hooks that probably will never be matched. Unlike other albums, I haven't heard a song to start a show off with (Like Animals, Flat on the Floor, or Woke Up This Morning). I think the heavier songs are very good, and are enjoyable to listen to, but I'm not looking forward to listening to the more radio friendly songs played over and over 600 times so I will become even more sick of them. I have always been a fan of the old stuff that made Nickelback famous in the first place, and I think unfortunately they have moved away from that. Buy the album for the heavy stuff, I think there are just enough songs to make 13 bucks worth it. If you like the old nickelback, buy the heavy songs off itunes, if you like the new Nickelback albums (all the right reasons), especially the radio-played songs (not including animals), buy the CD. In my opinion the good songs are good, and the bad songs could be a lot better.