Throughout their 9-year career, Nickelback has stayed true to their roots, releasing five CDs of straight-up, unapologetic rock & roll. So how have things changed for the Canadian boys since the massive success of Silver Side Up
and The Long Road
? Well, brothers Chad and Mike Kroeger still live in the Great White North, and they still write hook-laden rock songs. The only difference now is that they have the satisfaction, 10 million CDs later, of smugly knowing that even some of their biggest naysayers will guiltily admit to singing along with Nickelback's catchy hits. On All The Right Reasons
, one track definitely ranks high up in hum-ability: the first single, "Photograph" reminisces about the bittersweetness of high school in a small town--once again reconfirming frontman Chad Kroeger's ability to write memorable hooks. Regarding the rest of the disc: standard rock topics like love, lust, jealousy, and breakups abound, with riff-y delivery that longtime fans will love. The guilty pleasure bunch will also find what they need within the grooves, on the ballad "If Everyone Cared," the riff-heavy "Fight for All the Wrong Reasons," and the Metallica-
inspired "Savin' Me." The disc's most impressive and simultaneously surreal moment, however, exists on "Side of a Bullet," a passionate revenge tale written about the killer of Pantera
guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, which, features one of the late Abbott's guitar solos, as donated by Pantera bandmate and brother, drummer Vinnie Paul. --Denise Sheppard
Japanese only SHM-CD (Super High Material CD - playable on all CD players) pressing. Includes two bonus tracks. Road Runner.