"Curb" is Nickelback's debut album released in 1996 and a crucial part of Nickelback's chart topping history.
To borrow from Chad Kroeger on the Spider-Man
soundtrack, when it comes to the fortunes of his band Nickelback, he's not going to stand there and wait. Neither, evidently, is his label, management, or anybody else likely to turn a buck while the Vancouver-based band is hot. Nickelback's rise--at once maddening and thoroughly unstoppable--is by now the stuff of Billboard
legend. True, they shamelessly cop from Creed
--themselves stylistic thieves of the highest order--but as they say, a million people can't be wrong. Originally released in Canada in '96 and now making its domestic debut in the U.S. along with a Canadian re-release, Curb
is exactly what you'd expect from the band that brought you the ubiquitous "How You Remind Me," except on a tighter budget. Tortured vocals dominate the foreground while cymbals crash and metallic guitars scream in the balance. Kroeger is hardly alone in his belief that the only way to convey emotion is to holler himself hoarse (see also Creed, Our Lady Peace
et al.). Yet as grating as Kroeger's vocals are (oh, and they are
), you've got to give Nickelback credit for taking a single, simple, and utterly dog-eared idea--paint-by-numbers hard rock with angsty vocals about thankless chicks--and squeezing out every last bit of juice. Come back Pearl Jam, all is forgiven. --Kim Hughes