Nickelback Is EASILY The Most Overrated Rock Band Ever

Nickelback Is EASILY The Most Overrated Rock Band Ever

The sound, the lyrics, the vocals are all so recycled, and they should not be remembered fondly.

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Many bands have released seminal albums; pieces of art. The Beatles released "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" and captivated rock fans abroad. The Pixies released both "Doolittle" and "Surfer Rosa," two albums that would come to define alternative rock as a genre. Oasis dropped "(What's The Story) Morning Glory," easily one of the best albums of the past 25 years.

A lot of these bands have an impressive discography as well, but there is one band that would be classified as alternative rock that regularly makes my stomach churn: Nickelback, the epitome of manufactured music.

First, the sound. Yes, distortion sounds cool. The drums sound nice and refined. It seems to fit the definition of post-grunge (ick) slash hard rock. You know who else does? Creed and Theory of A Deadman. Seriously, listen to any of these groups. Sonically, all three bands have the same sound; slightly distorted, slightly muddied sound, with gruff vocals and drum sounds that are very poppy in sound. Every single band seems like they are ripping off one another, whether it be the vocals or the instrumentals. It is a shame and we need to stop supporting it. This isn't like rap; there are no samples. It is regurgitated often.

Let's just talk about the lyrics. Boring, superficial, filled with nothing other than the skin deep words of a band that seems more like an industrial plant. Prime example; "Rockstar." Why glorify a lifestyle that prioritizes the most superficial things in life? Oh my, you got into a club. You know some socialites. Wow. "Photograph," the most remarkably "fake-deep" song in existence. Look, nostalgia is a wonderful feeling, but the most that song has produced for our society is a perfect video with a perfect moment for memes. There are songs with far more sentimental value. That isn't even touching on the filler that comprises the majority of their work.

LASTLY, the vocals. AWFUL. We can just talk about the sound of Chad's voice. It's grating. It's consistently repetitive, never really changing much from song to song; low pitch, high pitch, low pitch. Repeat. Seriously, take a deep listen to "Photograph" or other songs, like "How You Remind Me." You cannot tell me that the voice is different from song to song. Don't get me wrong, I know artists cannot vary their voices that significantly. HOWEVER, when two songs sound essentially the same, and this is repeated from album to album? No. His voice is one of the most grating voices in rock.

Post-grunge is a genre that has been bastardized by so many artists, and Nickelback making radio-friendly rock with little deviation epitomizes this. Bland lyrics, bland sounds, bland vocals. The band dominated rock with a radio-friendly formula. Hat's off to them for finding what worked, but they are not an entertaining band. That's why a brewery in Ann Arbor refused to be associated with them. If I want post-grunge, I'll go listen to the Foo Fighters. Not the Canadian 3 Doors Down. Thank you and good night.

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The 10 Stages Of A 2:30 P.M. Kickoff, As Told By Alabama Students

But we still say Roll MF Tide!

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We all have a love-hate relationship with a 2:30 p.m. kickoff at Bryant Denny Stadium, especially when it's 94 degrees.

1. Immediate sadness

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What do you mean I have to wake up at 9 a.m. to get ready?

2. Bracing yourself for the worst

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It's a marathon not a sprint ladies and gentleman.

3. Accepting the game is going to happen

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Rain or shine we are all in that student section screaming our heads off.

4. Trying to wear the least amount clothes possible without being naked on the Quad

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Is it me or does it get 10 times more hot the minute you walk on to the quad?

5. Shedding a tear when you walk out your front door once you feel the heat and humidity on your skin

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Is it fall yet?

6. Drowning your sorrows inside a Red Solo cup at 11:30 a.m. at a fraternity tailgate

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Maybe I'll forget about the humidity if I start frat hopping now.

7. Getting in line to go through security realizing it'll take an hour to actually get inside Bryant Denny

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More security is great and all but remember the heat index in Alabama? Yeah, it's not easy being smushed like sardines before even getting into Bryant Denny.

8. Feeling the sweat roll down every part of your body

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Oh yeah I am working on my tan and all but what is the point of showering before kick off?

9. Attempting to cheer on the Tide, but being whacked in the head with a shaker by the girl behind you. 

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Shakers are tradition, but do we have to spin it around in a full 360 every two seconds? I have a migraine from just thinking about it.

10. Leaving a quarter into the game because Alabama is kicking ass and you're about to have a heat stroke.

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I'll watch the rest in air conditioning thank you very much!

We may not love the 2:30 kickoffs but Roll Tide!

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I Made Emma Chamberlain's Mediocre Vegan Cookies, And They're Pretty Incredible

Emma and her vegan cookies have made their way into my heart, and are here to stay.

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One day, I went down the black hole that is 'YouTube at 3 am' and discovered my favorite social media influencer of all time: Emma Chamberlain. I started binge watching her videos every night for about a week, where I came across her "Cooking With Emma" series. I decided that I wanted to give her vegan antics a go for myself.

I've never cooked or baked anything with the intention of it being vegan, so not only is that new territory for me, but I've never even eaten a vegan cookie. The only reason I'm doing this is because Emma did, and she is aesthetic goals.

To start the journey of vegan baking, I took to Pinterest, just like Emma, and found this recipe to use. Although the video that inspired all of this used a gluten free recipe, I opted for only vegan, because I'm allergic to most of the ingredients that make things gluten-free.


In true Emma style, I used a whisk to combine the wet ingredients together, making sure to use her special technique.


Then, I did the same thing with the dry ingredients.


After that, I dumped everything together and combined all of the ingredients.


Once they were combined, I chopped up a vegan chocolate bar, because Emma and I like chocolate chunk cookies, not chocolate chip, there's a difference.


Now that everything is combined, I made balls of dough and stuck it on a pan, and baked them while I binged more Emma, because what else would I be doing in my spare time?



The recipe said to make the balls a lot smaller, but we aren't perfect, so I made them gigantic. In my head, I thought the worst thing that could happen was it turn into one big cookie, but that's a whole other video you need to watch.

I took them out of the oven, and they were brown on the top, but still a little doughy. At this point I was tired of waiting and eager to eat them, so I disappointingly set them aside to cool, which only lasted a minute or so before I snagged one up to try.



The taste was definitely one I've never associated with cookies, and came to the conclusion that if I decided to go vegan, it would be doable with these cookies and Emma Chamberlain by my side.



Emma inspired me to get out of my comfort zone, which is a reoccurring theme throughout her channel, and I'm happy to be apart of it. She taught me that even if mediocre cookies is all you have, eat them with pride because you made them yourself.

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