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4.4 out of 5 stars 71 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (July 21 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Roadrunner
  • ASIN: B00004NRWH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 71 customer reviews
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1. Breathe
2. Cowboy Hat
3. Leader Of Men
4. Old Enough
5. Worthy To Say
6. Diggin' This
7. Deep
8. One Last Run
9. Not Leavin' Yet
10. Hold Out Your Hand
11. Leader Of Men (Acoustic)

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"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

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Format: Audio CD
This is a very good album, overall. The progression of Nickelback from Hesher to Curb to the State to Silver Side Up and to The Long Road is fairly straightforward. The guitar plaing becomes more complicated and the singing becomes smoother. The latter is not necessarily a good thing, however. The singing on this album is wonderful, it is rough, and gritty and fits the tone of the album beautifully. Lead singer and frontman Chad Kroeger loses this roughness in his later albums, yet his voice is too rough in earlier albums. To me, his voice is perfect on the State.
Breathe - To me, Breathe is a very remorseful song. The lyrics seem to be coming out of the mouth of someone who is bored of the life they are living. "Who wins /Well who cares/It always ends up the same." The singing is rough, of course, and the guitar playing is at its best in this track. Truly one of the best songs on the album.
Cowboy Hat - Cowboy Hat is one of the best songs on the album. I dont really know what the meaning of the lyrics are, but Chad's voice is just perfect. The percussion is great, as is the guitar. The opening stanza is probably one of my favorites of alltime. Cowboy Hat is extremely catchy and I think would probably have made a better opening track than Breathe.
Leader of Men - Leader of Men, according to Chad Kroeger, is "a song about magic mushrooms." Before I heard that, I didnt pay much attention to the lyrics. But lines like "Tell your friends not to think aloud/Until they swallow/Whisper things into my brain/Your voice sounds so hollow" are a giveaway. This is an enjoyable song to listen to and I can see why its so popular. It is one of my favorites. Though the vocals are not fantastic on this track, the lyrics are outstanding.
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Format: Audio CD
Like almost every band, the CD they put out before they start getting played on the radio every 5 minutes is always the best one. I remember hearing this cd for the first time, and knowing they were going to be huge, but i didnt think it was going to reach the radio candy level that it has, where i dread hearing anything at all since it all sounds the same. I wish they would be remembered for this cd, not the other rubbish they put out
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Format: Audio CD
Along reading these reviews, some are just simply Not a reviw,
but rather people saying how much they hate this particular
group or this kind of music, whicth not only do I find them to
be somewhat offencive, but just typing this band bad 1,000
thousand times in a row, just with a different scentence structure.Now does it matter is a band is somewhat radio freindly
or somewhat unoriganal? No. All in all who really cares.Does
this band threaten your existence so much that some people feel
the need to ram this band in the ground,no. Now with that said,
I'll just get to this album. No, it's nothing to inovative, or
origanal, but who care, right? Look at it for what it is, just
a really good altrenative rock band who can play the hell out
of there instruments who don't feel the need to stress the same
curse words over and over again.Like the songs breath,cowboy hat,
not leaving yet(just proves that these guys got talent, epeacily
with the solo),and hold out your hand.Now I have had this CD for
about 2 years now, and I still play it regularly.So if you want
a solid, rockin album with plenty of rockin tunes, go ahead and
buy this album, and also get silver side up.
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Format: Audio CD
This was Nickelback's first ever official CD, after the independant releases of Hesher and Curb. Here's a review of my opinions on the songs:
Breathe 9/10: This once top-ten hit has a great chorus, which is actually very catchy. The very modern guitar music is also great!
Cowboy Hat 10/10: I downloaded this song before I got the CD, and it rocked my world! This was my favorite Nickelback song for a long time, with grwta lyrics, verses, and choruses
Leader of Men 8/10: Don't get me wrong, I like this song, it's just that it ranked higher than any other song on this CD, and I don't think it's that great. It was original, switching from a slow, near-country song to a fast-moving rock song in a matter of seconds, but it is not the best.
Old Enough 10/10: This is my current favorite song. From the bizarre opening to the catchy rock to the uplifting chorus, this is a great song. In it's day, it went to the top twenty in the nation, and I think it should have gone higher.
Worthy to Say 9/10: Ah, a Nickelback CD would not be complete without a crime song. However, they're good at this, and it is a great song, even if it has a country twang to it. This song probably would have gotten more publicity if the music video was "acceptable" on most channels.
Diggin' This 7/10: This is the fall of the CD. During the State, Nickelback's strong point was obviosly the guitar, and when they rely on vocals, this is what happens. It's standable, but it's no hit.
Deep 7/10: This is about the same thing. The guitars are screwed up and the vocals are too soft. The only standable thing about this song is the grear chorus.
One Last Run 6/10: Another crime song, but this one just didn't have the same 'click' to me as Worthy to Say did.
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