1. Follow You Home 2. Fight For All The Wrong Reasons 3. Photograph 4. Animals
5. Savin' Me 6. Far Away 7. Next Contestant 8. Side Of A Bullet 9. If Everyone Cared
10. Someone That You're With 11. Rock Star
Label: Roadrunner Records / Release date: October 4, 2005
Overall rating: 7
Uncle Sam taught him to shoot
Maybe a little too well
Finger on the trigger, loaded bullet
He hit the stage so full of rage
And let the whole world know it
Six feet away, they heard him say
"Oh God, don't let him pull it"
God, don't let him pull it
could you take his life away? (What made you think you had the right?)
know all about the rep that this band has in the metal circles. Nickelback
is considered to be "pretty boy" metal, often dubbed as a "passing
phase" or wimpy pop radio fodder. Let me tell you, when the band
delivers lines like the one's above, they are a legitimate force of rock
'n' roll bombast. Written for their fallen comrade, ex-Damageplan / Pantera
guitar legend Dimebag Darrell Abbott, "Side Of A Bullet" is
a song that should completely bury a lot of the "prettiness"
attached to the Nickelback name. There is an authentic, pissed off, burning
anger inside of singer Chad Kroeger that comes smashing through on this
tune. I think it's time we start to give this band the respect it deserves.
Don't get me wrong, they get caught in the snafu of writing the radio
hit again on this record, but let's face it; these guys can rock out with
the best of them for a majority of the time.
that your hand on my girlfriend?
lyrics come across as "tough talk" when the band is powering
them, but they just sound like an episode of "General Hospital"
or some schoolyard banter when they stand alone. They had something similar
to this kind of amateur-ish writing with their hit "Figured You Out."
Talk like "I like your pants around your feet" gets you placed
in the Old School Metal doghouse real fast. You must ask yourself, "Would
Black Sabbath or Metallica, or even newcomers like Disturbed and Godsmack,
ever utter these words?" Uhhhhh, ....no. So, we've figured out why
the old school, "true" metal fan have turned on these guys;
now let's find out why these guys have turned on almost every other fan
of rock 'n' roll out there. It's really very simple - they can write catchy
songs, and they can play.
we all just wanna be big rock stars
If you're a Nickelback fan, and have enjoyed their previous albums, I see no reason why you wouldn't find this to be to your liking. Nickelback is a regular hit machine that has found the perfect delicate balance of hard rock and radio rock. If nothing else, they prove that they are consistent. They have been popping out their brand of catchy rock songs for quite some time now, and they show no signs of slowing down here. I'm just hoping that the next record is full of those hungry bears, 'cause I hate Chihuahuas.