Every music critic's favourite punching bag, Nickelback, doesn't seem to be slowing down at all — their brand of poppy hard rock still sells really well. Even if they don't make it to the No. 1 slot on the charts as they usually do, they're raking in the money and there's clearly a huge group of fans out there willing to pay to watch them live — as hard to believe as that may be. However, we're not so sure they're able to maintain that anymore.
Presenting 'She Keeps Me Up', the latest single off Nickelback's latest album No Fixed Address — an album that came and went last November, even as ire drew about their changing sound especially with their Flo Rida-featured track 'Got Me Runnin' Around'. It was not until this video was released last week on March that these fans were finally heard.
'She Keeps Me Up' has Nickelback leaving most of their polished post-grunge laurels behind — a sound cryogenically restored since the death of Kurt Cobain — to trail Maroon 5 and Mark Ronson in revitalising funk and disco for the #hashtag generation. You have to give Nickelback credit for changing the style so much, even their diehard fans are angry that they've "sold out" — despite their original sound already being astounding radio-friendly, just not for 2015.
Irate fans took to the dignified arena of discourse aka YouTube's comment section to express their views:
But hey, from the band who wrote a song called 'Something In Your Mouth', they've fully managed to retain that classic Nickelback charm in their lyrics — maybe when frontman Chad Kroeger alludes to some very sketchy behaviour.
"Funky little monkey, she's a twisted trickster
Everybody wants to be the sister's mister
Love her even though I'm not supposed to."
That's real smooth, Chad.