ALL THE RIGHT REASONS

-- Winnipeg Sun

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Nickelback
All the Right Reasons
(Roadrunner/EMI)

Some folks love Nickelback. Some hate Nickelback. And nothing we can say is gonna change anybody's mind. So, for their fifth studio album All the Right Reasons, we're just gonna give everybody something to agree with.

Here are reasons to love the Nickelback album:

1) If you dig this sort of bellowing, chest-thumping grudge-rock, nobody does it better;

2) This disc has another batch of arena-rock anthems and power ballads, proving the boys are smart enough not to try to fix what ain't broke;

3) Headbangers like the walloping Follow You Home and the grinding Animals are as good as anything they've done;

4) Their new drummer is a monster;

5) It has guest spots from ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons and a solo by slain guitarist Dimebag Darrell.

And here are reasons to hate the Nickelback album:

1) Their sound passed its best-before date years ago;

2) Is it just us, or is singer-guitarist Chad Kroeger just writing the same song over and over?;

3) Five ballads on an 11-song CD is at least one too many;

4) Most of Kroeger's lyrics are amateurish, adolescent drivel written from the perspective of an obsessive boyfriend;

5) Side of a Bullet, their tribute to Dimebag, means well -- but lines like, "He hit the stage so full of rage ... His brother watched you do it" are truly cringe-inducing.

Love Nickelback or hate them, there's just no reason for that.

Track Listing:

1. Animals
2. Fight For All The Wrong Reason
3. Photograph
4. Next Contestant
5. Savin Me
6. Far Away
7. Someone That You're W/
8. Follow You Home
9. Side Of A Bullet
10. If Everyone Cared
11. Rock Star


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