Shady’s Corner: Review of Here and Now by Nickelback

 

I’m so glad to see you’re back. It’s that time again, another Shady’s Corner. This time I take on Nickelback and the latest CD Here and Now.

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Here and Now by Nickelback

Nickelback - Here and Now

I’m Shady, and this is Shady’s Corner.

I am reviewing the new Nickelback, Here and Now, which arrived on store shelves in late 2011, which is almost 3 years after “Dark Horse”. 11 songs total on this disc, around 40 minutes of music.

This disc is consistent with previous releases, meaning that it has the hard driving  pop rock songs, a few rock ballads, and the typical filler songs. If it works, continue doing it.

I like Nickelback… or at least their faster harder songs.

The funny thing about this disc, when I first listened to it… I was kinda unimpressed and put it aside for awhile. Then I revisited the cd and realized that about 2/3 of this disc is very good, if you like rock songs about girls, parties, liquor, and fighting.

I know Nickelback played Sturgis a few years back, and have seen the concert footage. I rather liked watching them live from Sturgis Bike Week.

It’s as if they took their experience there and wrote songs geared toward the biker crowd, thinking they might actually play there again soon. I’m not sure if they are playing Sturgis this year as the Tour Dates currently only go through the end of June on their website.

I can say this about this disc, the first 6 of 7 songs really rock it out. It begins with a pounding song called This Means War, about fighting, then moves into “Bottoms Up” a song totally committed to drinking… and they even mention one of my favorite whiskeys, Jack.

Third song, When We Stand Together is an Anthem song discussing the pains of war and how we need to support our troops. The 4th song, and my favorite on the disc, Midnight Queen… is a rocking, fast paced guitar rock song where Chad Kroeger is “addicted to the Red Light Show”. Again, bar, drinking, sex.

Gotta Get Some… the ultimate girl of every man’s dreams… pretty much. Ditto previous song.

What I can’t understand is the next song called Lullaby. I’m not a fan. It’s a ballad that’s not really that good and if it even belongs on this disc. If they wanted to slow the pace down, I would have swapped the 8 song which is a better slow song… Trying Not to Love You.

7 song also rocks… called Kiss it Goodbye.

The rest of the disc seems like filler songs although the 10 song, Everything I Wanna Do, adds the dirtiness to what seems like a lullaby… he talks about a gal that does everything Naughty and he even includes spelling out the F word inside the song…

Again, if it works…

This is a good disc overall. Not sure I would own all the songs, but for me, the first 6 out of 7 songs are a great addition to your Nickelback playlist. I say it’s up to you whether you want to own the disc or just purchase two thirds of the songs from iTunes. I personally think the purchase of the disc was worth it.

I am giving this release 41/2 flaming skulls out of 5.

I’m Shady, Let’s ride.

Review of Van Halen A Different Kind of Truth

 

Welcome to another one of Shady’s Corners. This time I review the latest CD from Van Halen titled A Different Kind of Truth.

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Van Halen CD - A different kind of truth

Van Halen - A Different Kind of Truth

I’m Shady, and this is Shady’s Corner.

New disc, which came out in early February, 2012

Van Halen – A Different Kind of Truth. 13 new songs from the band at around 50 minutes.

I am a huge Van Halen fan… both the David Lee Roth era, and the Sammy Hagar days. This band is in my top 10 of all time favorite bands. This disc comes 17 years after Balance, Sammy’s final studio disc, and 28 years after 1984, Roth’s last studio album with the band.

Van Halen fans… will love it. I loved it.

This disc continues the Van Halen rock tradition – rockin songs throughout the whole disc

Like it would be a continuation of the David Lee Roth era, as if no time had passed, although you can tell on some songs as his voice isn’t quite as strong, but still has power.

Eddie, rocks. Guitar work is awesome. Every song features a great guitar riff from Eddie. I believe that if Eddie ever had Lost it… on this disc, he found it again.

Alex – same drumming which is of course really good

Wolfgang, Eddie’s son… not really Michael Anthony, but hey… this disc is reminiscent of classic VH

Starts with the song Tattoo, which has had some controversy – some people like it, some don’t. i like it, but its definitely not the strongest song on the disc…

My personal favorites are She’s the Woman, Blood and Fire, As Is, Honeybabysweetiedoll, Stay Frosty, and Big River.

Blood and Fire has the feel of “come back” and Roth even states this it in the middle of the song as he speaks the words “Told ya I was coming Back, Say ya missed me, Say it like ya mean it.”

Stay Frosty is totally a throw back as is similar in feel to “Ice Cream Man”. Starts acoustically with just a guitar and very well done singing from Roth. Then it pumps in with heavy guitar and drums. The middle of the song is typical Van Halen with awesome guitar and drums. This is one of my favorite songs on the disc.

They stay true to form with a typical Van Halen double time song. Actually there are two on this disc, Bullethead and As Is, but I prefer the As Is song. Very much like Hot For Teacher. Low rumbling guitar starts the song slow, but then it picks up and rocks double time.

What I love about this disc is the rawness of the music… a throwback to VH1, VH2 and Women and Children First.

It’s 4 guys, 3 Instruments and vocals. No synthesizers, keyboards, sound effects.

One slight, and I mean slight, disappointment… the early days of Van Halen would include a remake of some kind, You Really Got Me, Pretty Woman, Dancing in the Streets. This disc has none. Not a big deal, but it would have been nice.

Overall, a strong comeback for Van Halen, David Lee Roth revisited. This disc is worth buying as almost every song is a great addition to your VH collection.

I give this 4 1/2 flaming skulls out of 5.

I’m Shady, Let’s ride.

EftRou 150: Captivated and Smitten….

This week it’s just Q and Square talking Grammy’s and some other odds and ends from the entertainment world, including the preview release of Star Trek: The Next Generation on Blu-Ray, The reboot/re-imagining of the Green Arrow character for the new CW Series “Arrow” and more.  So kick back and enjoy this episode.

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Odds and Ends

So to start things off we talk a little Green Arrow and the CW’s new take on it with an upcoming TV series titled appropriately “Arrow”.  The series is going to go a different direction than they did with Justin Hartley‘s “Oliver Queen” in fact it’s not being produced by the creators of Smallville or featuring any of the actors that were in Smallville (2001).  Instead the producers of the Green Lantern (2011) (or as I called it the Green Lanturd  awhile back by mistake) will be producing this new series.  The show is going to be more Jason Bourne esquie and will star Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen, Katie Cassidy as Dinah ‘Laurel’ Lance aka Black Canary and Susanna Thompson playing Moira Queen.  Q and I agree this sounds good and are looking forward to seeing this new show.

Space the final frontier….

Side by side comparison of the Blu-Ray upgrade

Side by side comparison of the Blu-Ray upgrade

Recently I got my hands on the newly released Blu-Ray preview of what will sure to be a must have for “Star Trek: The Next Generation”fans.  CBS/Paramount recently went into the vaults and masterfully begun the tedious process of restoring all of the TNG (The Next Generation) episodes and sound/audio/effects/etc for the shows anniversary this year.  What I’m most impressed with is the quality of this 3 episode set including the Pilot, The award-winning and fan favorite “The Inner Light” and the 2-part “Sins of the Father”.  I’d have to say this was well worth the $17 I spent. I’m looking forward to seeing more episodes later on this spring/summer from the remastered series.

 

The Grammys

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Adele with her new golden babies

Q had the opportunity to watch the Grammy awards and see the performances as well as the winners and losers.  In fact I think Q is quite smitten with Adele and her vocal talents.  I’d have to agree with this as she had me hooked with her previous album 19.  This year she swept the Grammy’s with her new album 21 which you can find the review here.  The show however had a more somber tone than most years as Whitney Houston died a day before the Grammy’s.  Q talks about other musical acts as well as his thoughts on music in general.

Well that’s it for this edition of EftRou, we hope you enjoyed it as always.  We would love to have you join the conversation on twitter via @entfortherest you can also find the crew on twitter: Q (@aka_q) and me SquareRoss (@SquareRoss) or send us an e-mail at heyyouguys@eftrou.com.

Shady’s Corner – A review of ZZ Top A Tribute From Friends…

Hey kids, you know what time it is?!?!? It’s time for Shady’s Corner!

In this clip, Shady the Biker shares his thoughts about the CD ZZ Top A Tribute From Friends. Watch to see if he thinks this album is worth skipping or buying. Also find out who makes a tribute to ZZ Top.

You probably do not know, but we like to give a helping hand here at EftRoU so we wanted to let you know that if you want the following songs on the CD you will have to buy the album.

  • Tush
  • Legs
  • Just Got Paid
  • Waitin’ For The Bus / Jesus Just Left Chicago

So head on over to Amazon to buy ZZ Top A Tribute From Friends or you can just get the songs that are available digitally at iTunes.

For more great reviews from Shady, click here.

 

Shady’s Corner – Review of Universal Pulse by 311…

 

Welcome back to another Shady’s Corner. In this episode Shady the Biker tells you what he thought of the CD Universal Pulse by 311. Find out what he thinks of the following songs on the CD:

  1. Time Bomb
  2. Wild Nights
  3. Sunset In July
  4. Trouble
  5. Count Me In
  6. Rock On
  7. Weightless
  8. And A Ways To Go

See if he thinks 8 songs are enough or too many. Tell us what you think of Universal Pulse, by leaving a comment below. Don’t forget you can buy the CD on Amazon or head on over to iTunes and buy just the songs you want.

To listen and watch more reviews from Shady, check out is very own corner.