2011 album from the Canadian hard rockers. Produced by Nickelback and recorded at Mountain View Studios, Vancouver, BC, Here and Now is Nickelback s seventh studio record and is the follow up to 2008 s widely successful Dark Horse which has been certified three-times platinum. "When you listen to this record, it sounds like it could be from four different artists," says Chad Kroeger. "We always try and do the same thing: We try to do something heavier than we've ever done, more melodic than we've ever done, every single time we do this, and I think we've achieved it again."
Left to their own devices on Here and Now, Nickelback have embraced who they are. Chad Kroeger s brow is no longer furrowed, treating rock & roll as an ordeal; he s stepped back a bit, allowing himself to have a good time. Nickelback no longer rely solely on heavy-footed power chords set to lumbering rhythms. True, this signature sound still underpins much of Here and Now, but the group is now loose enough to throw in a disco-rock thumper ( Kiss It Goodbye, another in a long line of anti-Hollywood, anti-plasticity anthems destined to be staples in Hollywood strip clubs) and even dabbles in a bit of power pop on When We Stand Together, giving it an actual swing, something unheard on previous Nickelback albums, and this isn t an isolated incident. Gotta Get Me Some abandons the brutal four-on-the-floor Nickelback signature in favor of an actual groove, and the group even sounds nimble on its power ballads. This, combined with a considerably broader sonic palette -- previous Nickelback albums were on a grayscale; this is defiantly colorful thanks in large part to so many guitar and vocal overdubs that the record sometimes feels like the Mutt Lange job the producer should have given them on Dark Horse -- turns Here and Now into what s Nickelback s easiest album to enjoy. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi