Biography: Released in September of 1999, and reaching gold status in Canada, Nickelback's The State was a firecracker of a debut, with all four singles hitting Top 25 at Rock Radio. "It was fantastic," says guitarist Ryan Peake. "The snowball effect of the album was phenomenal. The success we were having in Canada helped create and increase the buzz in the States, where things had been bubbling for awhile. It totally went off the hook and was a great kickstart for us!" The hard rocking quartet from Vancouver toured ceaselessly for The State and 200 shows later Nickelback went from virtual unknowns to playing in front of over a million people alongside the likes of Creed, 3 Doors Down, Fuel and more. A lot of the songs that comprise Silver Side Up were actually written before The State was released in America and were road tested in front of eager audiences on cross-country treks, including such anthemic rockers as "Money Bought," "Hang Nail," and "Where Do I Hide?" However, there are still some songs that will be completely fresh to Nickelback's set lists. One of these is "How You Remind Me", the first single, written at rehearsals shortly before the band were set to go into the studio. "That.s the cool thing about making music -- sometimes the best songs come out in fifteen minutes and totally unexpectedly," singer/guitarist Chad Kroeger enthusiastically asserts. The song reveals a more emotionally raw side to Nickelback. "How You Remind Me" finds Kroeger singing, "Never made it as a wise man/I couldn't cut it as a poor man stealing/Tired of living like a blind man/I'm sick inside without a sense of feeling." Over a quiet bed of melodic guitar. "Those opening lines refer to that time in your life when the person married to or living with starts pointing out all your faults at one time," explains Kroeger. Further listening to Silver Side Up, one quickly realizes that Chad's lyrics have become far more personal and insightful. "I got so much slack from everyone for writing so metaphorically on the last record," Chad admits. "I thought that if I kept it all metaphorical and vague, then I could keep it all secret." Well, the secrets are revealed on Silver Side Up, as Kroeger and company squarely face off with their demons. Kroeger becomes uncharacteristically subdued when discussing "Too Bad." "That's about my dad," he says quietly. "The chorus "It's too bad, there's no time to rewind/Let's walk, let's talk, is about how my father was never around when I was growing up. That's me just wishing that he had been there. It's about the wish to turn back time and to fix things that are completely beyond your control." Another poignant example is "Never Again" a song inspired by bearing witness to countless broken homes; "He's drunk again/It's time to fight/She must have done something wrong tonight/The living room becomes a boxing ring/It's time to run when you see him." Not only is it one of the more lyrically profound songs, it's also one of the standout tracks musically. When it came to laying Silver Side Up onto tape, the band decided to work with veteran rock producer Rick Parashar (Pearl Jam, Temple of the Dog). Recorded at the same studio as The State, Vancouver's prestigious Green House studio, the quartet whipped through the recording of the album in five short weeks. After wrapping up, they handed the finished thirteen tracks over to Randy Staub (Metallica, U2) for mixing at The Armory. The potent combination of Parasher and Staub made Nickelback's sound grow not only exponentially bigger and better, but also in new directions. Case in point, the epic "Good Times Gone," which features some spontaneous slide guitar work by Big Wreck guitarist Ian Thornley. The song builds into a climactic chorus as Kroeger reminisces out loud "All the stupid fun/And all that sh*t we done/Where did the good times go?" Needless to say, there are many good times yet to come for Nickelback. No matter how big it gets though, Nickelback's philosophy remains simple -- "We just like writing good songs with good melodies that you'll sing at our shows and remember when you walk away," asserts Peake. And with an album as well-crafted and catchy as Silver Side Up, these are songs that will stay with you long after the ringing in your ears has faded away. 'Nickelback are the best'-scorpiona Expand

Nickelback's Scores

  • Music
Average career score: 50
Highest Metascore: 62 The Long Road
Lowest Metascore: 41 All The Right Reasons
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
4 music reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
51 Here and Now Nov 21, 2011 Primary Artist 5.5
49 Dark Horse Nov 18, 2008 Primary Artist 5.1
41 All The Right Reasons Oct 4, 2005 Primary Artist 4.5
62 The Long Road Sep 23, 2003 Primary Artist 5.9