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|2. Cowboy Hat|
|3. Leader Of Men|
|4. Old Enough|
|5. Worthy To Say|
|6. Diggin' This|
|8. One Last Run|
|9. Not Leavin' Yet|
|10. Hold Out Your Hand|
|11. Leader Of Men (Acoustic)|
"The State" is Nickelback's second studio album released and critically acclaimed in Canada. The album is certified Gold with more than 500,000 copies sold in the US.
Prior to the release of The State, grungey Nickelback won a Juno Award--the Canadian equivalent of a BRIT Award--for Best New Band. Named after an expression often used by bassist Mike Kroeger when serving coffees for $1.95 each in Starbucks, Nickelback have toured alongside Creed and owe a similar debt to the anthemic rock and articulate soulfulness of Pearl Jam. The State is consciously dramatic, with sweet strums constantly overwhelmed by crashing waves of distorted guitar. Singer Chad Kroeger (Mike's brother) meaningfully croons and wails his tales of life in a small town, with its complex relationships, claustrophobic underground culture and uncomfortable struggle between easy comfort (staying) and invigorating adventure (leaving). Yet Nickelback are at their best when escaping the Pearl Jam influence, as with the heavy, ponderous Billy Squier-style riffing of "Deep", the dirty 70s grind of "Not Leavin' Yet" and the slightly more experimental "Worthy To Say", where a near-Oriental ambient guitar is suddenly hammered by a burst of big rock and Chad Kroeger delivers a bluesy rap recalling prime-time Paul Rodgers. Nickelback are good, but still growing. Once they achieve their own clearly identifiable sound, they may well be great. --Dominic Wills
I have all 4 of Nickelback's CDs and I find this one is my favorite. The first and last songs are the best. Read morePublished on April 14 2004
There is no other words for The State and Nickelback, and the best thing is that after The State, their best was only yet to come!Published on Sept. 25 2003 by Lori R.
Being a big fan of Nickelback, I found this to be a collection yet. It will definitely hold a person over until they complete a new cd. Read morePublished on July 26 2003 by Lori R.
It's much better than Silver Side Up -- more raw and real. I recommend listening to "Leader of Men" and "Old Enough" -- they are good songs to judge this cd by,... Read morePublished on May 27 2003
This is my opinion one of the best CD's that you can own from an alternative rock band. They do it all well, hard songs, ballads, and tempo changing songs. Read morePublished on May 20 2003 by Brandon
I must say this cd is awesome, though many people are against Chad and the gang, they still make great music. Read morePublished on Dec 30 2002
This would have to be my favorite Nickelback album by far. I think it's ridiculous that this album, along with Curb, didn't get the recognition it deserves. Read morePublished on Nov. 22 2002 by Sheena C. Neil
I will be purchasing this album and any other album they will have. I think they're completely different than the music that already exists! Read morePublished on Oct. 16 2002 by luvsmusic