ARTIST:

NICKELBACK

(CANADA)
TITLE:

THE LONG ROAD

(2003)
LABEL:

ROADRUNNER RECORDS

GENRE:

GRUNGE

TAGS:
Easy-Listening, Rasping vocals
""The Long Road" is a good dozen of excellent tracks and some hits to be inscribed in the Pantheon of Post-Grunge."
NIURK (15.02.2010)  
4/5
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Is what is commercial necessary bad ? Should we consider that if an artist sells a lot, it's automatically because he managed to make an album bad enough to please the greatest number of people? Let's take the example of Nickelback. After having sold nearly five million copies of his "Silver Side Up", is it necessary to have listened to this " The Long Road " to know that it is obviously bad? Well, no! Our four Canadians don't make bad music even if it is available for most people. At least we could reproach them for having found an effective recipe that they strive to reproduce.

We enter directly into the heart of the matter with the huge "Flat On The Floor", two minutes of a concentrated sheer energy seizing you and taking absolutely everything in its wake! Short enough not to be suffocating and to keep all its punch, it leaves us with our mouths open versus "Do This Anymore" which tries to reproduce the magic of "How You Remind Me" and which succeeds in doing so by revealing itself in the end more striking thanks to a scathing phrasing of a Chad in top notch form.

We are now in the eye of the cyclone and the tracks follow one another like so many gusts. "Someday" is one of those winds that carry you away and lift you up, "Believe It Or Not" is one of those gusts that jostle you and make you lose your orientation, being sometimes destabilizing but always interesting. Basic and enjoyable bludgeoning which lowers a tone but keeps its intensity for a "Figured You Out" always darker and heavier. Nickelback then serves us his specialty, the power ballad "Should've Listened", unfortunately a little too linear despite an interesting tension.

It is at this point that we realize that the breath is perhaps a little short with our Canadians and "Throw Yourself Away" confirms this impression by struggling to take off, as well as "Another Hole In The Head" which from repetition to redundance ends up running out of steam itself. It's a pity, because not only does Nickelback succeed again in concluding with a very convincing "See You At The Show", but they also offer us three nice bonuses with the energetic "Yanking Out My Heart" and "Learn The Hard Way", but especially the excellent cover of "Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)".

"The Long Road" is thus a good ten excellent tracks and some hits to be recorded in the Pantheon of the Post-Grunge and thus of the music. Nickelback is always commercial but when the quality is there, we can't complain about it.


More informations on http://www.nickelback.com





TRACK LISTING:
01. Flat On The Floor – 02:02
02. Do This Anymore – 04:03
03. Someday – 03:27
04. Believe It Or Not – 04:07
05. Feelin' Way Too Damn Good – 04:16
06. Because Of You – 03:30
07. Figured You Out – 03:48
08. Should've Listened – 03:42
09. Throw Yourself Away – 03:55
10. Another Hole In The Head – 03:35
11. See You At The Show – 04:04
12. Saturday Night's Alright (for Fighting) - 03:44
13. Yanking Out My Heart - 03:36
14. Learn The Hard Way - 02:54

LINEUP:
Chad Kroeger: Chant / Guitares
Mike Kroeger: Basse
Ryan Peake: Guitares / Choeurs
Ryan Vikedal: Batterie
   
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