The dark side of Nickelback

by Sian Rees

You’ve heard I’d Come for You and Never Gonna Be Alone but have you heard the darker side of Nickelback’ The songs that are too dirty for the radio’ Too explicit for MTV

Dark Horse by Nickelback is the sixth album by the Canadian band and six times over, they have managed to impress their fans and make new ones along the way. The album contains every rock star’s theme song. The more commercial songs about love and friendship are good, but it is definitely the darker songs that will have you air-guitaring.

S.E.X, drugs and alcohol seem to be the album’s main theme, but unlike the artists of today, instead of discrediting them, Nickelback fully attributes the fun that equates from a night of the three. With songs like Something in Your Mouth and Burn It to the Ground, Chad Kroeger (Vocals, Guitar), Mike Kroeger (Bass), Ryan Peake (Guitar) and Daniel Adair (Drums) manage to make an album of perfect party songs, or at least songs that get you amped to have a great night.

As well as the fun side, Dark Horse covers the relatability aspect too. From beginning to end, the album mixes it up with toned down, emotional songs along the way. Shakin’ Hands is about a woman in the modern era trying for a better life but having to resort to what men want her to be and songs like Just to Get High are about friends abusing drugs and the effects on all who are close to them. The album has a very real feel to it and its hardcore issues are complimented by its hard, almost metal, beat.

Even after its release almost two years ago on the 17th of November 2008, Dark Horse still manages to top international charts. The deeper issues are not only directed at prostitutes and the lonely, but lyrics of This Afternoon will be able to give you mottos to live your life by, because after all, ‘it’s not the human walk, it’s the human race. If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much space’.

A dark horse is one who achieves unexpected support and success so the title of this album is an almost parody despite some bad reviews. Leah Greenblatt from Entertainment Weekly called certain songs a ‘kryptonite for feminists’ but with everything in these dark times, Dark Horse teaches one to take everything with a pinch of salt and some tequila.


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