Produced by the band at Chad Kroegers home studio, All The Right Reasons
continues where their massive debut left off. It features the single "Photograph" and is more of the same stadium rock for which they are worshipped.
Nickleback havent made it this far by throwing their audience difficult curveballs, and All The Right Reasons
--the Canadian quartets fourth full-length--continues their run of uncomplicated, testosterone-soaked hard-rock albums without a wobble. Frontman Chad Kroeger still approaches the act of songcraft like hes chopping wood, grunting and sweating under the weight of gritted-teeth rock-outs like "Fight For All The Wrong Reasons" and "Someone That Youre With". Critics have it in for Nickleback for many of the same reasons they have it in for Stereophonics--these songs promise emotional weight and hard-won truths, but have a tendency to mistake joylessness for passion. However, you can spot the hits a mile off. "Side Of A Bullet" is dedicated to deceased ex-Pantera man Dimebag Darrell, and even features an overdubbed axe solo from said guitarist, while "Photograph" sees Kroeger getting misty-eyed--almost whimsical--over an old school photo. Ultimately, though, its more of the same. Which should suit the Nickleback faithful just fine. --Louis Pattison