|Studio album by Nickelback|
|Released||November 18, 2008
(See release history)
|Recorded||2008 at Mountain View Studios, Abbotsford, British Columbia|
|Producer||Mutt Lange, Nickelback, Joey Moi|
|Singles from Dark Horse|
Dark Horse is the sixth studio album by the Canadian rock band Nickelback, released on November 17, 2008 in Europe and a day later elsewhere. The follow-up to their multi-platinum selling All the Right Reasons (2005), it was co-produced by the band and Grammy Award-winning producer and songwriter Robert John "Mutt" Lange, famous for working with such acts as Foreigner, AC/DC, Bryan Adams, Def Leppard and Shania Twain. The entire album was made on FL Studio and Pro Tools, and features very little live instruments. More than a year after its release, it has yet to leave the Top 100 on the Billboard 200.
The first single from the album was "Gotta Be Somebody", which was released online for free digital download on September 29, 2008, for a strict 24-hour period. "If Today Was Your Last Day" had been planned as the lead single but was scrapped at the last minute. The track "Something in Your Mouth" became available for download from the United States iTunes Store on October 28, and was released to US rock radio airplay as the second single from the album on December 15. The song was a hit in 2009 in many countries, such as the United States and Australia.
The album won numerous accolades at the 2009 Juno Awards, winning three out of five of its nominated awards including "Rock Album of the Year".
Dark Horse was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on December 9, 2008, only three weeks after its North American release. The album also remained in the top 20 on the Billboard 200 for weeks after its release. The album was certified two times platinum in April 2009. Burn it to the Ground was also nominated for Best Hard Rock Performance at the 52nd Grammy Awards but lost to AC/DC.
All lyrics written by Chad Kroeger.
|1.||"Something in Your Mouth"||Kroeger, Robert John "Mutt" Lange||3:38|
|2.||"Burn It to the Ground"||Kroeger||3:47|
|3.||"Gotta Be Somebody"||Kroeger||4:13|
|4.||"I'd Come For You"||Kroeger, Lange||4:22|
|5.||"Next Go Round"||Kroeger||3:45|
|6.||"Just to Get High"||Kroeger||4:02|
|7.||"Never Gonna Be Alone"||Kroeger, Lange||3:47|
|8.||"Shakin' Hands"||Kroeger, Lange||3:39|
|10.||"If Today Was Your Last Day"||Kroeger||4:08|
|11.||"This Afternoon"||Kroeger, Lange||4:34|
The album received mostly negative reviews from professional critics, shown by an average of 49 out of 100 on the review aggregator Metacritic. However, it has also received some positive reviews and won the Juno Award for Album of the Year, a category whose nominees are the top five selling Canadian releases of the year. Some have criticized the originality of the album, saying its songs have similar themes to Saving Abel and souljaboytellem.com.
Stephen Thomas Erlewin of Allmusic gave Dark Horse 1.5/5, writing, "Nickelback are a gnarled, vulgar band reveling in their ignorance of the very notion of taste, lacking either the smarts or savvy to wallow in bad taste so they just get ugly, knocking out knuckle-dragging riffs that seem rarefied in comparison to their thick, boneheaded words." Entertainment Weekly reviewer Leah Greenblatt wrote, "It's hard not to be put off by the execrable lyrics of album opener "Something in Your Mouth" (the song is basically kryptonite for feminists)." PopMatters criticised the band's release, giving it 3/10 and saying it was a step down from previous albums: "Dark Horse finds the group at a creative low point. Each song sounds like an older, better Nickelback hit, and Kroeger only once displays his prior songwriting strength with the sad-bastard portrait." The Guardian awarded the album 1/5, being particularly negative of the band's cliché style; "Nickelback's music reaffirms every sex-and-stupidity cliche hard rock can offer."
Rolling Stone gave the album a positive review, complimenting its production. ""Mutt" Lange lightens Nickelback's dreary post-grunge plod, applying guitar shimmer to prom ballads and detonating big beats under frat-party shouts and raplike vocal parts." Whilst ChartAttack credited the band's success to knowing its target audience: "Chad Kroeger is a genius because he knows exactly what people want and precisely how far he can go. He turned out an extremely racy album that's loaded with songs about gettin' drunk and doin' it all without breaking any taboos, and with enough love and moral authority to grease its passage into the mainstream. Rejoice, North America. This is your world." Billboard also praised the album's content:; "The bulletproof Nickelback provides affordable fun that promises good returns in hard times."
|U.S. Billboard 200||2|
|U.S. Billboard Top Rock Albums||1|
|U.S. Billboard Top Hard Rock Albums||1|
|U.S. Billboard Top Modern Rock/Alternative Albums||1|
|Canadian Albums Chart||1|
|Australian Albums Chart||3|
|New Zealand Albums Chart||3|
|UK Albums Chart||4|
|Germany Albums Chart||4|
|Austrian Albums Chart||5|
|Swiss Albums Chart||5|
|Russian Albums Chart||11|
|Irish Albums Chart||19|
|Dutch Albums Chart||25|
|Italian Albums Chart||26|
|Belgium Albums Chart||35|
|Finnish Albums Chart||50|
Additional production personnel
|Australia||15 November 2008||Roadrunner||CD||RR 8028-2|
|Europe||17 November 2008|
|North America||November 18, 2008|