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"Silver Side Up" is Nickelback's thirs studio album and their first commercially succesful album spawning such radio hits as "How You Remind Me," "Never Again," and "Too Bad." "Silver Side Up" was certified 6x platinum.
Following Staind's footsteps, Nickelback make the personal public and vent a history of frustration and resentment to melodic hard rock. The band's second album, Silver Side Up, starts with "Never Again," an angry tirade against domestic violence that sheds light on the issue without too much sap or sentiment. The album's catchy radio hit "How You Remind Me" and the song "Woke Up This Morning" tell of rotting relationships, while other tracks touch on damaged hope and lost dreams. The post-grunge, alt-metal combo backing these songs packs as strong a punch as the lyrical material, going hard with lots of hooks. The additional slide guitar on "Hangnail" and sludgy, alt-metal riffs on "Hollywood," "Money Bought," and "Where Do I Hide" add a little meat to the alt-rock bones on Silver, elevating Nickelback above the heap of copycat rockers clogging the airwaves. --Jennifer Maerz
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1. Never Again: A song about domestic violence. This is the most pissed off I've ever heard these guys. 9/10
2. How You Remind Me: The single that launched them to the top of the charts. Need I say more? 10/10
3. Woke up this morning: Love the guitar solo here. Fairly good rock song. 9/10
4. Too Bad: The next single. A bit angrier than How You Remind Me, but still as catchy. 10/10
5. Just For: Really Hard, and doesn't that opening guitar sound kinda like "Smells Like Teen Spirit"? 8/10
6. Hollywood: Nothing really stands out here, I usually skip this. 6/10.
7. Money Bought: Some great lines in this one. 8/10
8. Where Do I Hide: My personal fave. Harder than the singles, but Nickelback sounds better like this. 10/10
9. Hangnail: My second fave on the CD, for all the same reasons as the first. 10/10
10. Good Times Gone: A switch to slow rock , but still as good as the rest of the songs. This features Ian Thornley, the lead singer of Big Wreck, on guitar. 9/10
In general, if you buy this CD for "How You Remind Me", you may be in for a bit of a surprise. However, if you can stand harder music, this is a good album.
Each song has its own sound and the pace keeps up with the powerful and energetic sound and theres the voice too match it.
Labelled as post-grunge or as some are saying alt/nu-grunge, this is impressive and unlike some of the latest 'grunge' efforts all tryin to copy eddie vedder, this sets standards for new grunge bands and also adds some originality to the scene.
Best five songs have to be how you remind me, [radio friendly, quality and addictive describe this]
Never again [great vocals, wicked riffs, superb]
Just For [ Another wicked riff , reminds me of teen spirit abit and the vocals seem a bit staind'ish]
Hollywood [ some neat vocal effects add to another great song]
Good Times Gone [ possibly the most balladish song on the album and also the longest, ends the album on a very high note.]
overall some people may say this album is the same because all the songs are in your face rock, no extra fast or slow songs or very heavy stuff..........but the quality is here without a doubt and thats why a high 5 is on order!
cya! gonna check out their first album 'state'
Never Again - A look at domestic violence. One of the faster songs on the album and very good. I'm giving this a 4/5 because I do not like the singing throughout the whole song, only part of it.
How You Remind Me - The first single from the album and the song that made me want to buy this album. It's catchy and radio-ready, and its difficult not to love this song about decaying relationships. I give this a 5/5. It is one of my favorite tracks on the album.
Woke Up This Morning - Another song about decaying relationships and probably my least favorite track. The opening is probably the most disappointing part and the bridges lose the rock feel to them. The chorus is the saving grace of this track, which jumps right back into the feel of How You Remind Me. A pity the whole track isn't like that. I give this a 3/5.
Too Bad - A catchy radio-ready song that will be stuck in your head long after hearing it. You might have heard this one on the radio. I did before getting this album but I never knew that it was a Nickelback song, I just knew that I loved it. This is a 5/5 and is one of the top songs on the album.
Just For - Probably the most disturbing song on the album, the lyrics blend well with the guitar playing and once again Chad Kroeger impresses me with his range. This song gets a 4.5/5 and would probably get a 5 if it weren't so disturbing.
Hollywood - Great song even though the lyrics are probably the least original on the album. Not to say that they were copied its just that Nickelback isn't the first group to sing about Hollywood. The guitar playing is the best thing about this track and even though I love it, it still is one of my least favorite songs. I give this a 3.5/5, it gets in just ahead of Woke Up This Morning because this singing is great.
Look What Your Money Bought - A very nice song, the guitar playing is great and you have to love Chad's voice. The lyrics are interesting but nothing that will get stuck in your head like Hangnail or How You Remind Me. This gets a 4.5/5, mainly because it just sounds so damn good, lyrics aside.
Where Do I Hide - One of the best songs on the album. Great guitar, excellent lyrics, nice singing. An easy 5/5.
Hangnail - My favorite track on the album. Fantastic singing, catchy lyrics and a chorus you wont be able to forget. Chad was in the 'zone' when he did this one, thats for sure. As far as I'm concerned this track should get a 10/5, but thats not really fair.. so it gets a 5/5. This is a fantastic song.
Good Times Gone - Another great song. It's the best song on the album for clearly hearing Chad's voice. It's got a country feel to it, but despite that, I still enjoy the song to no end. This song wont blow you away with yelling or loud guitar playing, its just a relaxed and remorseful look back in the past. A 4.5/5. Loses that .5 because of the countryish feel.
Overall this album is a 44/50 which is something like a 4.5. I give this album a 4 based on length however, which comes in around fourty minutes. Fortunately that fourty minutes is filled to the brim with excellent music and this album is definitely worth you're money.