Written by Alex Stojanovic
Skinny Little Missy
Does Heaven Even Know You're Missing
Steel Still Rusts
Standing In The Dark
Just One More
Release Date: November 18, 2022
Label: BMG Music Group
Chad Kroeger - Vocals & guitars / Ryan Peake - Guitars & vocals / Mike Kroeger - Bass / Daniel Adair - Drums
It was when the band released Feed The Machine in 2017 that the Nickelback fan in me successfully returned. It was without a doubt the best record they made in a long time, and I was able to return to being a fan now that I have a much deeper understanding about music and its appeal on different types of people, as well as having a diverse musical palette. Am I a fan of everything Nickelback has released? No. Just like any band, they're going to have gems and stinkers. Chad Kroeger has got a really unique and identifiable voice, and even if I can't get into the corny and cheesy lyrics in certain songs, the music and the rhythm makes up for it. What I love is that the detractors hope that the constant bashing will make the band disappear, when it's doing the exact opposite. The constant hate has given their career legs, and it's the main reason why they're still here and still relevant. On top of that, they are a new generation's classic rock, which is weird, because it makes me feel old. Anyway, moving on.
As we sit here at the end of 2022, Nickelback have reached the milestone in their career with releasing album #10 with Get Rollin', five years after Feed The Machine, marking the longest gap between records for our fellow Canucks. As we've come to expect from Nickelback, we're going to get the rockers, the heavy stuff, the ballads, the corny lyrics, the meaningful lyrics, and a couple of left turns here and there. In typical Nickelback formula, they start off the record with two back-to-back rockers, followed by a melodic ballad, and it has been that way since The Long Road. To kick off the record, we get the one-two rocker punch of "San Quentin" and "Skinny Little Missy", followed by the first ballad of "Those Days", which sees them revisiting the theme of reminiscing, making it feel like a sequel to "Photograph". In the song, we hear them make references to Motorhead, Guns 'N Roses, Prince, Back To The Future and Nightmare On Elm Street.
Now, the lyrics in Nickelback have always been the subject of much debate, because they tend to go in the really corny/cheesy direction and the really impactful/emotional direction. A couple of common lyrical themes that Chad likes to write about (and repeat) include partying, reminiscing about the good old days, being young and dumb, being in love, strippers and drugs. However, they're always capable of writing songs with a much deeper and emotional meaning like "Too Bad", "Someday", "If Everyone Cared", "When We Stand Together", "Lullaby", "Edge Of A Revolution" and "Side Of A Bullet". Even the corny lyrics tend to have a sense of cleverness in them. While we're on the subject of corny lyrics for this album, "Vegas Bomb" takes the cake for corniest lyrics found here, because honestly, it's getting a little cringey to hear a man in his late 40s now still writing about being young and obnoxious and wanting to party, but hey, if that makes you feel young, then keep doing it.
Of course, it wouldn't be a Nickelback album without a handful of love songs. Case in point, "Does Heaven Even Know You're Missing" and "Horizon". The former is a song that has apparently been in the making for over 15 years, according to the band. I've said several times before that I'm not the biggest fan of love songs, but if done right, I can get into them. Despite all the corny lyrics we tend to get from Nickelback, they can still write lyrics that hit in the feels, and have much more of a deeper meaning. A perfect example is "Steel Still Rusts", which talks about how soldiers in the US military aren't treated with the same respect at home as when they're serving.
Back in 2017, Feed The Machine was definitely a nice surprise to all us old-school Nickelback fans, simply because it was a return to their harder crunchier roots, while still containing a good handful of ballads. Get Rollin' on the other hand picks up where No Fixed Address left off. I personally think this one could've used one or two more rockers, because the melodic songs outweigh the rockers. It's all about balance at the end of the day.