Sound — 5
Chad Kroeger's vocals are reproduced about the same they've been since their 2005 release of "All the Right Reasons": Throaty and snarling one moment, soft and emotional the next. Nickelback has always been good at essentially re-writing their songs and making them sound just different enough to keep their fan base interested. This album doesn't fully utilize the drumming abilities that Daniel Adair has shown he's capable of in "All the Right Reasons," "Dark Horse" (2008), and "Here and Now" (2011). Ryan Peake's guitar playing and Mike Kroeger's bass playing are still great, but are not at their best. Overall musically the band seemed to be holding back from the heavier music that got them on the map and have instead turned more towards a pop sound that, while, some fans may love, others will feel let down.
Lyrics — 6
Lyrics for "No Fixed Address" follow typically the same trend that Nickelback has used from the start: rhyme pretty much every single line, even if the lyric might not be the best, or may even be in need of total replacement. Verse, chorus, verse, chorus, solo/interlude, chorus, end song. This album feels almost half-made, like the band was trying to reach a deadline, so they just went with the first thing they could think of. This album had great potential to be another good-selling release to more than just the usual Nickelback fan base, but unfortunately they dropped the ball in that regard. On a good note, Chad's vocals are right on target for the heavier songs, as well the ballad/love songs and pop tracks.
Overall Impression — 5
I say this all from the perspective of a longtime fan: I like this album, but it was somewhat disappointing. While I can point to a few great songs ("Edge of a Revolution," "Sister Sin," "Get 'Em Up"), the rest of the album felt mediocre in comparison to almost every other album Nickelback has made.
"No Fixed Address" featured songs that seem more at home in a dance club than a Nickelback album ("She Keeps Me Up," "Got Me Running 'Round" feat. Flo Rida), the almost mandatory ballad/love song ("Satellite," "Miss You," "The Hammer's Coming Down") along with a song destined to be overplayed at high school graduations everywhere alongside "Photograph": "What Are You Waiting For?," the album's second radio hit.
Ultimately, "No Fixed Address" does not measure up to an album like "All the Right Reasons," "The Long Road," or "Dark Horse." It had potential, but didn't quite hit the mark of being a memorable album for Nickelback fans, at least this one. If you are interested in the band's music, listen to the aforementioned albums. If not, then this album may not be for you. It feels like a half-done blowjob: initially thrilling, ultimately disappointing.