Nickelback’s latest album, “No Fixed Address,” finds the Canadian band introducing enough new twists into its guitar-based hard rock sound that some critics have even said it’s the band’s most adventurous album yet.
To be sure, “No Fixed Address” still sounds like Nickelback, and there are songs like “Million Miles An Hour,” “Edge Of A Revolution” and “Get ‘Em Up” that are right in the riff-heavy, hard-hitting yet melodic wheelhouse of the group. But several tracks (“The Hammer’s Coming Down” and “What Are You Waiting For?”) weave programmed rhythms and other synthetic tones and textures into the music.
And a couple of songs qualify as departures. The horn-laced “Got Me Runnin’ Round” is downright funky and even has a rap segment voiced by Flo Rida. Meanwhile, “She Keeps Me Up” is another funky track, with a disco-ish beat and guitar licks that would make the Ohio Players proud.
Such sonic touches help move “No Fixed Address” closer to being in step with the sound of many of today’s pop and hip-hop hits.
But Nickelback frontman and primary songwriter Chad Kroeger says these sonic elements or stylistic stretches were not calculated or pre-planned.