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No Dark Horse but still good,
This review is from: Here And Now (Audio CD)
And so it was with great expectation I received this latest Nickelback offering and, like Metalheader, I thought both All The Right Reasons and (especially) Dark Horse were terrific. This is not a bad album by any stretch, it still kicks like you'd expect it to and I'm so pleased that Nickelback are still championing 'feel good' party rock with themes based around booze and women, but it's no Dark Horse.
My first surprise was that they had gone back to Joey Moi for producer; while he's no slouch (he's done a great job both here and previously) I thought they'd really found their sound with Mutt Lange; those thunderous drums were stunning. For a band that came out of the grunge era I can understand why some people won't like such a polished sound but I loved it.
With Midnight Queen, Bottoms Up and Kiss It Goodbye there's still plenty of power to chew on and Lullaby is the kind of achingly good ballad the likes of Bon Jovi and Def Leppard used to excel at that it renders When We Stand Together superfluous; although I can see why they kept it.
Don't Ever Let It End continues their very ballsy and to-be-applauded approach of ending albums with a softer, upbeat message (take note Bon Jovi, morale and the end of an album is no bad thing!) which I was very pleased with.
So with so many good points, if you've chosen to read this you may be wondering what's detracting about it? Nothing-it's great. It just feels like a step back from Dark Horse, almost as though this album was recorded first but held back for a couple of years.