Release Date: Nov 17, 2014
Record label: Republic
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal, Post-Grunge
Always a tad bit cleverer than he's ever given credit for, Chad Kroeger is perfectly aware not only of his encroaching middle age but also the shifting commercial marketplace and where Nickelback fit within that. No Fixed Address, Nickelback's eighth album and by some measure their most adventurous record, doesn't find Kroeger abandoning his gift for brutish hooks, but he has moved his band away from its reliance on Paleozoic power chords. This is entirely a production move.
Love or hate them, Nickelback have a handle on hard-rock anthems. The secret to their multiplatinum success is that they're masters of generality, packaging all the bland blue-collar fantasies and unrequited nostalgia of an According to Jim rerun into formulaic head-nodders. The Canadian rockers' latest set is no exception, though they've cast a wider net this time.
Why did Nickelback become Nickelback? This question is perpetually hard to answer from a critical perspective. Is there really anything inherently worse about the Canadian rockers than their peers Three Doors Down, P.O.D., or Daughtry? Probably not. But even as some critics warm up to them with time, Nickelback have found a way to remain the one band that everyone shits on.