I am a teenager, and since this product is marketed almost specifically to the teenage audience, I was immediately attracted to 'Silver Side Up', this sophomore album from NICKELBACK. I thought "Never Again" was pretty stupid, liked "Too Bad" and loved, obviously, that massively overplayed "How You Remind Me". I read reviews that shed positive light on the record, and so I bought it. I was impressed. The songs were all well written and really durn cool . . . or, they were at first. But as time passed, I became less impressed and more annoyed. The songs kind of sounded all too much alike, so it was like one song that was written 10 times and was really durn overrated. Then I quit being annoyed, and the only logical step down was complete and utter hatred for this album. Almost all the songs follow the same disgusting formula:
-the Chorus once again
-Verse 1, sung a second time
And since EVERY SINGLE SONG follows this EXACT SAME FORMULA EVERY SINGLE TIME WITHOUT EVEN A CHANGE IN DYNAMICS OR SOUND AT ALL, it kinda takes the fun out of the song, the album, rock as a genre, music as an art-form, and just life in general. The only song I can listen to and enjoy is "Too Bad", but then I start thinkin "hey, maybe this album aint so bad after all . . ." and I try listening to more songs, which then leads me to an attempt of slitting my wrists with a thin-toothed comb or a mouse pad. My opinion of this record in a nutshell, is: "I need a heck-of-a-lot more than a nickel back for this atrocity."
Which leads me to wonder why I feel so differently about their third release, 'the Long Road'. Hmmmm . . .