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All the Right Reasons

All the Right Reasons

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by Nickelback

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Knowing when to flex their muscle and when to wear their hearts on their collective sleeve -- that's the wisdom that separates these Canadians from their mainstream hard-rock peers. Sure, a lot of bands try to play both sides of the game, but frontman Chad Kroeger's supple pipes and knack for cranking out heartfelt power ballads (like the


Knowing when to flex their muscle and when to wear their hearts on their collective sleeve -- that's the wisdom that separates these Canadians from their mainstream hard-rock peers. Sure, a lot of bands try to play both sides of the game, but frontman Chad Kroeger's supple pipes and knack for cranking out heartfelt power ballads (like the chart-storming "Photograph") give Nickelback a leg up on the rest. All the Right Reasons is divided relatively evenly between those eminently sing-along-worthy mid-tempo tracks and decidedly heavier numbers, most notably the punishing "Side of a Bullet" -- which contains posthumous guitar work from former Damageplan axe-man "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, whose brother donated the tapes for the song, a tribute to the slain musician. There are a few surprises on All the Right Reasons, such as "Next Contestant," which opens on a jittery, syncopated note that has a decidedly Euro vibe, then explodes into panoramic, '80s-styled harmonies. When attempting to get back in touch with their sensitive side, the boys tend to get a little too mawkish -- "Savin' Me" would be an agreeable enough tough-guy ballad were it not so fussily dressed up in strings and piano -- but at least Nickelback aren't treading water in the manner of so many nü-metallers. And when they manage to catch a particularly buoyant wave -- as on "Someone That You're With," which has an almost Soul Asylum–like ambience -- it's clear that, while their sound may sometimes come across as mercenary, Nickelback are making music for All the Right Reasons.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
With their fourth album, All the Right Reasons, Nickelback ditches any pretense of being a grunge band and finally acknowledges they're a straight-up heavy rock band. Not that they've left the angst of grunge behind: they're a modern rock band living in a post-grunge world, so there's lots of tortured emotions threaded throughout the 11 songs here. But where their previous albums roiled with anger -- their breakthrough "How You Remind Me" was not affectionate, it was snide and cynical -- there's a surprisingly large sentimental streak running throughout All the Right Reasons, and it's not just limited to heart-on-sleeve power ballads like "Far Away" and "Savin' Me," the latter being the latest entry in their soundalike sweepstakes. No, lead singer/songwriter Chad Kroeger is in a particularly pensive mood here, looking back fondly at his crazy times in high school on "Photograph" ("Look at this photograph/Every time I do it makes me laugh/How did our eyes get so red?/And what the hell is on Joey's head?"), lamenting the murder of Dimebag Darrell on "Side of a Bullet" (where a Dimebag solo is overdubbed), and, most touching of all, imagining "the day when nobody died" on "If Everyone Cared" (which would be brought about "If everyone cared and nobody cried/If everyone loved and nobody lied"). Appropriately enough for an album that finds Kroeger's emotional palette opening up, Nickelback tries a few new things here, adding more pianos, keyboards, and acoustic guitars to not just ballads, but a few of their big, anthemic rockers; they even sound a little bit light and limber on "Someone That You're With," the fastest tune here and a bit of relief after all the heavy guitars. All this makes for a more varied Nickelback album, but it doesn't really change their essence.

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Roadrunner Records

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nickelback   Primary Artist
Billy Gibbons   Guitar,Vocals
Finn Manniche   Strings
Mike Kroeger   Bass,Bass Guitar,Group Member
Henry "Noonie" Lee   Strings
Chad Kroeger   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Ryan Peake   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Dimebag Darrell   Guitar
Brian Larsen   Strings
Chris Gestrin   Organ
Tony Bernal   Strings
Tim "Timmy" Dawson   Piano
Daniel Adair   Drums,Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Bryan Coleman   Management
Mike Kroeger   Composer
Nickelback   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Chad Kroeger   Composer
Ryan Peake   Composer
Jeff Chenault   Art Direction
Joe Moi   Audio Production
Daniel Adair   Composer

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All the Right Reasons 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 58 reviews.
SLM777 More than 1 year ago
Love this album very good upbeat rock songs love his voice, only reason not 5 stars to me is want a few more songs like photograph type.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
nickelback is so sick...every song is great, not a single one i disliked.....i especially liked photograph, savin me, side of a bullet, and follow you home
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is just the best work that they have ever done! I hope like hell that they will do more!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is actually the first time I listened to Nickelback. I think they are great.... I drew a co-worker's name as his secret santa and this was on his list. I listened to it before I ordered one for him and one for me. Thank you, Kathy
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that the album The Long Road was only good for Feelin Way Too Damn Good. But, this whole album is great! Nickelback proves that they have a past in Photograph, meaning that they had crushes, and all that, too. Out of all of the songs on this album, Photograph is my fave. I listen to it whenever I can.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The whole thing is great! My favorite song on it is Far Away.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fantastic songs! These guys just make it happen everytime. There will be several chart toppers to come out of this CD - these songs reach out and grab you right off! Follow You Home, Photograph, Savin' Me...All great
BookwormLP More than 1 year ago
I purchased this CD to continue my Nickelback collection and found it as enjoyable as the last one. If you like Nickelback's music and lyrics this is a must have.
msbock More than 1 year ago
I just seen nickelback in MN. and it was the best show and time I had in a long time. I wish they were in concert at Rock Fest in Caddot WI because I would go just to see them again. I usually like Country Music and old time rock & roll but my brother turned me on to these guys. These guys have talent. To the guy that thinks they do not put on a good show, I think you have your own hidden agendas behind your thoughts or you just don't know good rock & roll when you hear it. NICKELBACK U ROCK.
nickelbackfan101 More than 1 year ago
he reccomanded those idiots who sued napster hes probably jealous of all of us nickelback fans and nickelback is one of the best hard rock acts to come out of the 90s nickelback is way better than metallica and metallica are nothing but idiots who want nobody stealing their music and putting it on websites like limewire and bearshare i laugh in this idiots taste in music nickelback blows metallica out of the water by far!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Im definitely sick of the first single Photograph after all of its radio play, but i absolutely love Animals. The entire album is great though, i never skip the tracks. I expect more singles to come from this album.
DarkLotusICP4life More than 1 year ago
this is nickelback at their worst!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
man oh my gosh i love this one song on this CD it's FAR AWAY i know some of you know it but you should go and buy it cause it is that good well love ya's for whoever reads this
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is awesome. I have both The Long Road and Silver Side Up, and this one is so much better. There is a lot of variet, going from the power ballad "Far Away" to anger-filled "Side of A Bullet", this cd is amazing. Definitely the best CD I've ever heard.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nickelback have improved so much since their last album! Every song on here is so dynamic and diverse musically. This is definately better than "The Long Road"(2003) and their best since "Silver Side Up"(2001). I'm glad they're getting mainstream attention. Go out and buy this masterpiece!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have had this CD playing for the last 48 hours!!! I love it!! They did way to good!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had no idea Nickelback were such great artists! I love every song on this album. These guys are unique. They touch up on things that no other artist seems to. From now on I know who's CD to buy first! Continue to make it great...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had heard cd's being played by my kids and asked "who's that?" I went and bought it and consistently play it. Listen to the lyrics for all, I have read Chad writes from personal experiences for his lyrics-makes the songs even better knowing that. Very versatile. I was hoping to find "Three Sided Coin" but it is not available here, which did surprise me. So I am purchasing "The State" and I doubt I will be disappointed....
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Nickelback with ALL of my heart. I could go on to tell you about their uniqueness and whatnot, but I won't. All of their reviews have been great. Go buy the album. It's amazing. I promise. 3 Jayme
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nickelback is so awesome!!! Anybody could be able to listen to this cd, and find a song they really loved, I mean right i'm in a tie between "someday" and "photograph" Right now I can really relate to the song photograph.
Guest More than 1 year ago
All the right reasons is the best rock album in history...all of the eleven songs are wonderful-nickleback mixes it up with some slower ballads and some hard rockers-animals (song 4) is the perfect hard rocking party song while far away is a slow emotional ballad-while staying true to nickelbacks hardrock roots-this album is stunningly crafted and keeps the listeners attention the whole time. This is a very good album!