Album: All The Right Reasons
Genre: Alternative Rock/Metal
Released: 4th October 2005
Chad Kroeger: Lead Vocals/Guitar
Ryan Peake: Rhythm Guitar/Backing Vocals
Mike Kroeger: Bass
Daniel Adair: Drums & Percussion/Backing Vocals
Timmy Dawson: Piano on Savin’ Me and If Everyone Cared
Dimebag Darrell: Guitar Solo on Side Of A Bullet
Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top): Guitar Solo and Backing Vocals on Follow You Home and Rockstar
Information Of The Band And Album
If you were growing up in the early 2000’s, you are probably more than familiar with Nickelback, and All The Right Reasons is their most successful selling album and most overplayed album in their discography, because of their biggest single, Rockstar, and as of 2017, it’s now certified Diamond in the US, and has sold millions upon millions of copies worldwide. I got my copy in late 2008, just a couple of months before my local Woolworths was closing down, which this album along with many albums that I bought from there had gave me so many good memories at that time. (Yes, I do miss Woolworths, but doesn’t anyone?)
However, in the early 2000’s, Nickelback had achieved a lot of commercial success with Silver Side Up in 2001, with their single How You Remind Me, becoming their biggest hit around the world, but most people criticise the album as it was released on September 11th, 2001, the day of the 9/11 attacks in America and a lot of people said that it was the album that caused 9/11, but I know it was not. (I’m sorry for you Americans who read this.) After starting out unnoticed with Curb and The State in 1996 and 1999 respectively, Silver Side Up, was an album that got more people into buying Nickelback’s music, and it was a big hit with millions of copies sold worldwide. In 2003, they followed it with The Long Road, and this album, even though it was successful with the single, Someday, it wasn’t as successful as Silver Side Up, with how many copies it sold, but it’s still a great album.
But when All The Right Reasons was being recorded in 2005, a lot of things happened in that time, where Pantera’s Dimebag Darrell was shot on stage at a concert in California, in 2004, and Nickelback’s drummer, Ryan Vikedal was fired from the band over issues within the band and Daniel Adair from 3 Doors Down, had replaced him and this was also the time when Nickelback became one of the most hated bands in rock, along with other bands too, like Creed, Seether, Hinder and Theory Of A Deadman, but for me, Nickelback is a band that makes me think that I don’t care what those people say about them, this album was part of my teenage years and it has made me feel more grown up and it was one of those albums I took my teenage angst out of myself and stuff in that time. Despite that it might feel a bit cringy and sleazy now, but I don’t listen to Nickelback in that way, I listen to them, so I can just rock out to them.
Story Behind The Album and Listening To The Tracks
This album came out in 2005, just as I was starting secondary school, and I jumped onto liking Nickelback from this album, but I didn’t have my copy until 2008, almost towards the same time as Dark Horse was released, but I went for this album in favour of Dark Horse and when Rockstar became the big hit and that was then, from when I became a fan.
We start of with Follow You Home, as it opens this album strong and even though the lyrics are sleazy and cringeworthy now, they weren’t at the time I bought this album, then straight into Fight For All The Wrong Reasons, in which if this album were called All The ‘Wrong’ Reasons (no pun intended) instead of it’s own title, it could have been half of the title track, but no, this song, considering it is heavy and rocky, the lyrics aren’t as cringeworthy as the first song, but it can get a little intimidating from when you hear it the first time. Now on to their first of seven singles from this album, Photograph, in which a lot of people give this song a lot of flak, because it’s a storytelling song, but it’s one that doesn’t go well, but out of a minority of people who enjoy this song, I absolutely loved it, because I think that you could put this song in to a story with other Nickelback songs like: If Today Was Your Last Day, Don’t Ever Let It End, Every Time We’re Together, Not Leavin’ Yet, See You At The Show and Good Times Gone. It gives me good memories and I don’t see why many people don’t like this song.
Then we come on to Animals, and I have to admit, it’s actually good and does have a driving feel to it. It was another one of their seven singles from this album, and I know it’s a bit cringeworthy at times, but in a way, I don’t listen to it like that, I listen to the song and just rock out to it. Following that is Savin’ Me, another single from this album and it’s as big as Photograph, and some people say that it recycles their other ballads like How You Remind Me and Someday, and repeats itself again, well, I can see it a bit like that, but this song and them two are completely different from each other. I love this song though, it is very soft and I love the story that this song tells by saving a family or a friend too. Then on to Far Away, and in my view, this is a relationship/breakup song, but I absolutely love this song, I really do. It’s a personal song for mostly people who I love and care about, even those who live far away from me, including my sisters who moved away from home, and all my old friends who have gone too, and I don’t see them a lot, except at Christmas really. However, this song gave me hope to see what my life will have in the future.
Now, we come on to Next Contestant, now I know, that it can be creepy and disgusting now, but it wasn’t like that for me in my teenage years. It was one of those songs that people relate to protect their boyfriend or girlfriend from other people and it does come across as sick now, but it wasn’t back then. Now we are onto Side Of A Bullet, and this was the final single from the album. This song was written in the aftermath of Dimebag Darrell from Pantera, whom Nickelback had been influenced by in their youth, had got shot at a concert in America, and this is the most heaviest song on this album. I could put this song in a story with other songs from Nickelback’s other albums, like Too Bad, Throw Yourself Away, Just To Get High, Get ‘Em Up, and The Betrayal (Act III), and it might be a good story in between those songs. Many Nickelback songs are like that though, by telling stories in each song and putting them together between different albums.
Then we come on to my favourite song on this album, If Everyone Cared, and this was another song that was a single and it is a beautiful song. Some people say it’s horribly written, but for me it can be there for people from different parts of the world, like Disabled people, (physical and mental), Religion, Gender Equality, Sexual Orientation, or whatever, and to help all those people with those problems and this song embraces that, and not to resent anyone in those contexts. Then, we go into Someone That You’re With and (yeah, I know, that sounds wrong), but I don’t listen to the song for the lyrics, but I love the riffs on this song. Please don’t hold your guns at me, if you think this song is creepy, but as I said, this was my 14-year old self, listening to this album and I promise you, many Nickelback albums have other songs better than this. It’s not terrible, but don’t recommend it, if you are easily creeped out. And finally on the biggest single Rockstar, and on this song, it was good for the time and it still is. I remember when it first came out, and all my friends at school were singing this song up and down the corridors everywhere, and it was like High School Musical when the big songs get played throughout the school area. It’s a great song and a good way to close the album, so I feel happy about that this album was good for the time.
This was once my favourite Nickelback album of all time, before Here And Now was released in 2011, and then followed by Feed The Machine in 2017. Despite the fact that this album was probably good for the time, I personally think that I don’t recommend it, if the lyrics will creep you out. In my opinion, it doesn’t really bother me, that much, but I am always careful, when I play it in my bedroom now.
I have people who say that this album is worse of their career, but I don’t think so, somehow. I loved this album, but don’t play it as often as I did before. I think the worse Nickelback album is Curb, maybe, and No Fixed Address too, probably. I don’t dislike this album, I mean it’s a good one to listen too, but if you are creeped out by those lyrics, then don’t bother, but as I said, it doesn’t really bother me, that much. The instrumentation, production and mixing are the best thing on this album, so it doesn’t disappoint me.
I am going to rate this album a very good score of: 7/10
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