Here and Now
Style: Rock
Release date: 21 November, 2011
Playing time: 39:48

'Here and Now' that is all that counts. We can think back to things we have been suffering from in the last years, about the pain some people puts us through, but that can turn you into a self pity depressive 'smoking your lungs to pulp' kind of person. Although you never can forget it, you have to go on and enjoy the things ahead. They say that some things happen because they are meant to happen and that everything happens for a reason. I always found that a little bullshit, but since a few weeks I'm not really sure about that. Maybe you have to go through bad times first to climb out and to find something even better in life. At the moment I can enjoy (life) again the 'Here and Now' and they couldn't have given the album a better title (for me personally).

This is the follow up to their 2008 multi-platinum album 'Dark Horse'. You can argue about the fact that they have become a too commercial rock band, but you can't argue about the quality of their songs. These Canadians have proved themselves right by becoming one of the best selling rock bands at the moment. The new album will not do different.

On September 26th, the band already released the singles "Bottoms Up" and "When We Stand Together" as digital downloads, on November 11th they were followed by the third single "This Means War". The entire album has already been made available for streaming too. Die-hard fans have surely have listened to the songs several times already. "This Means War" is a rather heavy opener, the heavy guitar riff sees to that. After that the song appears to be nice rock songs with Chad Kroeger's recognizable sound.

It counts for the band that they still have kept the rough edge in their music. They could easily have chosen a wimpier and more commercial sound, but fortunately they didn't. The rock songs are varied by some more emotional and atmospheric tracks like; "When We Stand Together", "Trying Not to Love You", "Don't Ever Let It End" and the most emotional and meaningful song "Lullaby". If you should ever get the feeling or get the idea that there is no way out for you anymore, just put on this track and continue living. Nickelback didn't make big musical style changes, they just went on with what they do best; writing good (rock) songs with beautiful singing lines and melodies.

Regular readers will probably find it a little strange that I am reviewing this album because it is not the style I'm really into. I have to agree that it is a little strange, but I have a good reason (that I keep for myself at this moment) for it. I hope I still will be thinking about this album with a smile on my face for a very long time. I hope this album will remind me of a new beginning for me and ...... (if you read this, you know whose name is missing here!) for a long time.

Good and solid rock album!


01. This Means War
02. Bottoms Up
03. When We Stand Together
04. Midnight Queen
05. Gotta Get Me Some
06. Lullaby
07. Kiss It Goodbye
08. Trying Not To Love You
09. Holding on to Heaven
10. Everything I Wanna Do
11. Don't Ever Let It End

Label: Roadrunner Records
Distribution: Warner Music (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 22 November, 2011