Picks and Pans Review: Nickelback

updated 11/07/2005 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/07/2005 AT 01:00 AM EST

All the Right Reasons

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Give credit to Nickelback: They know all the right moves to craft a monster mainstream-rock hit. They did it with "How You Remind Me" in 2001 and "Someday" in 2003, and they've done it again with "Photograph." The song, with its sentimental lyrics ("Look at this photograph/ Every time I do it makes me laugh/ How did our eyes get so red?/ And what the hell is on Joey's head?") and hummable hooks, is a picture-perfect candidate for Top 40 success. But it—and the rest of this Canadian quartet's fifth disc—will remind you of any of a number of post-grunge bands. It doesn't help that Chad Kroeger may be one of the most blah frontmen in rock. This is as generic as it gets.

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