Go ahead and pick on Nickelback.

Go ahead and pick on Nickelback. Sure, they may churn out slick, near-grunge rock with hooks a mile wide, but is that so wrong? With its previous album, the multi-million-selling "Silver Side Up," the band hit the commercial jackpot, thanks to frontman Chad Kroeger's distinctive wail and wall-to-wall power chords. The quartet continues the winning formula on its new disc, the much-anticipated "The Long Road." A disc that a pop fan can enjoy, for sure, but it would also be at home in the jukebox of a roadside bar. Highlights include the midtempo sing-along "Someday," the lyrically sarcastic crunch of "Feelin' Way Too Damn Good" and the catchy "Do This Anymore." The CD's initial pressing will include three extra tracks, including a cover of Elton John's "Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)."—KC

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