- Released: September 22, 2003
- Label: Roadrunner Records
Entertainment Weekly - 9/26/03, p.93
"...A ripping good spin [that] offers a heaping helping of meat-and-potatoes rawk..." - Rating: B+
Q - 12/03, p.1303 stars out of 5
- "...These 11 songs are resolutely compact and well-written..."
- 1.Flat on the Floor
- 2.Do This Anymore
- 4.Believe It or Not
- 5.Feelin' Way Too Damn Good
- 6.Because of You
- 7.Figured You Out
- 8.Should've Listened
- 9.Throw Yourself Away
- 10.Another Hole in the Head
- 11.See You at the Show
Nickelback: Chad Kroeger, Ryan Peake (vocals, guitar); Mike Kroeger (bass); Ryan "Nik" Vikedal (drums).
Recorded at Greenhouse Studios, Burnaby, British Colombia and Mountainview Studio, Abbotsford, British Colombia.
Personnel: Ryan Peake, Chad Kroeger (vocals, guitar); Cameron Wilson, Brian Larsen, Henry "Noonie" Lee, Jr., Zoltan Rozsnyai (strings); Ryan Vikedal (drums).
Audio Mixer: Randy Staub .
Recording information: Greenhouse Studios, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada; Mountain View Studios, Abbotsford, British Columbia, Ca.
Photographers: Andre Pinces; Daniel Moss.
Possessing one of the most powerful and distinctive voices in alternative rock, Chad Kroeger led Nickelback to the top of the post-grunge heap with a combination of Metallica-esque riffing and some of the hugest hooks this side of Nirvana. Riding on the massive radio success of the single "Someday," THE LONG ROAD delivers a collection of unusually well crafted lyrics swathed in an energetic blend of massive-sounding de-tuned guitars and rapid-fire vocal rhythms. Throughout, Kroeger spins appropriately angst-ridden tales of hard living and harder love, which are occasionally tempered by (slightly) lighter moments such as the Bob Seger-like road anthem "See You at the Show," and "Feelin' Way Too Damn Good," a classic I've-been-down-so-long-I-can't-get-up rocker. Like contemporary hit-makers Staind and Creed, Nickelback knows how to turn pain into gold, rocking with a winning combination of gut-wrenching power and melancholy tenderness.