Firstly, I'm a Nickleback fan.
Live, they are much harder hitting than you may expect: tight, fast, loud and basically a great rock and roll band, knowing how to deliver and with a great set / catalogue of songs to choose from.
That energy is going to be hard to muster with the songs on this album.
It feels like a filler of an album, a kind of 'well, we're Nickleback and this is what we're supposed to sound like' album.
Everything feels mid paced, very formulaic, aimed squarely at what seems like an easy to hit target: over produced, multi-tracked vocals, thick guitar sounds, light and poppy lyrics.
It's not bad, it's just that it's not as good as they can be.
Listen to the album a couple of times and you find yourself feeling strangely restless, looking to the back catalogue for 'proper' Nickleback.
I love tha band and know they have a lot to offer, a lot more good stuff to come, so no need to panic, but it feels like a real missed opportunity this album.
As I say, it's not bad, it's got that 'Nickleback' feel and sound, but without the edge they are so great at putting on things: you get the chocolate, but not the razor blade...