Nickelback: Dark Horse

Another band with an interesting origin for their name. For those who haven’t heard, “Nickelback” comes from the change frequently proffered to customers when one of the band members worked in Starbucks. “Dark Horse” is produced by Mutt Lange who’s impressive discography includes AC/DC’s “Back in Black” and Def Leppard’s “Pyromania”, so this simple fact alone affords it an initial listen. This album however offers variable fare. “Burn it To The Ground” is a perfectly plausible up beat, boppy piece of hard rock, but is immediately followed by a tedious power ballad. Also rather sadly Nickelback have thrown away all integrity and credibility by bowing to their corporate masters and releasing an exclusive Wal-Mart edition in the US with a bonus downloadable mp3. Please focus on Rock N Roll, not marketing.