A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that these lyrics include a lot of references to sexuality and violence, even though they have been cleverly written to avoid those very special words that guarantee a parental advisory sticker.
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What's the story?
On ALL THE RIGHT REASONS, Nickelback employs hard-driving musical hooks and visceral, lyrical honesty to drive their point home. The point will probably resonate with most teenagers but make parents a bit uncomfortable. Nickelback serves up heaping portions of sex, violence, rock-star excess fantasy, and revenge. They also express longing, disappointment, regret, and even naive hopefulness, all presented in driving, hook-heavy, guitar-fueled music. One highlight: the exquisite "Photograph," a sentimental cruise down a memory lane of lost chances and regrets.
Is it any good?
Intense and humorless, the songs are also simple masterpieces of storytelling. They are filled with the kind of visual imagery that comes across as a slice of real life, warts and all. Any kid who's made a bad decision, felt angry when someone hit on his girlfriend, dreamed about being a rock star, done stupid things for love, or mourned the death of a friend will find something familiar here. Nickelback's sharing of their perceptions may help some kids realize they're not as alone as they thought.