All the Right Reasons

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Intense and honest, but best for mature teens+.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 30 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Veers wildly between obtusely sexist and sensitive-guy sweet.


A lot of violent, if sorta-poetic, imagery.


A lot of sexuality without using the words that trigger the PA stickers.


Asshole is used twice -- everything else is under the radar.


Nothing obvious.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A few drug and drinking references.

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bycharles daniels June 1, 2014

Terrible music

These guys are worse than cancer, and this album is a prime example of how generic, cliche, crude, and overrated this band can be. All the songs that nickelbac... Continue reading
Adult Written byLogdog December 27, 2020


This is the worst album and band in history this album promotes killing your family and suicide very evil and satanic
Teen, 14 years old Written byFloydclaptonblues April 9, 2008

Same Old Song, Same Old Dance

Same music, same voice, same concepts, and the same very risque lyrics. Nickelback always makes an album that sounds like the last one they made. The lyrical co... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bysamantha19 June 15, 2018
The album with everyone's favorite songs, Rockstar and Photograph!

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the very real relationship issues that must have inspired the lyrics. Most teenagers will find this all-too-familiar territory.

Music details

  • Artist: Nickelback
  • Release date: October 4, 2005
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
  • Genre: Rock
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: December 27, 2020

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