The seventh full-length album by the legendary Canadian Alternative Metal/Rock band.
Like their heroes Bon Jovi, Nickelback combine Rock music and Pop music to produce hit after hit. From"How You Remind Me", the Post-Grunge classic with an undeniably catchy hook, to the Hard Rock party anthem "Burn It to the Ground" to one of the greatest power ballads of all time, "Far Away", the band's songs have always made you feel a certain way with lyrics and choruses designed to stick with you.
Nickelback show what they really sound like on 2011's "Here And Now", the follow-up to the band's multi-Platinum selling "Dark Horse" in 2008. The album shows the band's crossover appeal with the Classic Rock plea. Left to their own devices on "Here And Now", Nickelback have done the unthinkable: they’ve 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. This does mean that 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 band 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 by some considerable measure.
The album has topped both the HMV Canada CD sales chart and the US iTunes Album chart in its first week of sales. It's debuted at number 10 in the UK charts. The album also debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 after selling approximately 227,000 copies in its first week, just 0.18% below the number one spot, Michael Bublé's Christmas. On December 16, 2011, the album was certified Gold by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) for shipments of 100,000 copies in the UK. As of October 2013, the album has sold two million copies worldwide.
Roadrunner Records/Cargo Records, 2011 (RRCAR 7709-1). Made in Germany. First press.
1. This Means War
2. Bottoms Up
3. When We Stand Together
4. Midnight Queen
5. Gotta Get Me Some
7. Kiss It Goodbye
8. Trying Not To Love You
9. Holding On To Heaven
10. Everything I Wanna Do
11. Don't Ever Let It End