Track Review: Nickelback, 'Bottoms Up'

Bottoms Up (3:36)
Producer: Nickelback, Joey Moi
Writer: C. Kroeger, M. Kroeger, J. Moi
Publisher: various

Nickelback returns with guns blazing on "Bottoms Up," one of two lead singles from its forthcoming seventh album, "Here and Now," and a surprising return to the bawdy arena rock of 2006 single "Rockstar." The veteran group is getting older and would be excused for slipping into more reflective fare (e.g. "Photograph"), but Chad Kroeger and crew offer crunchy guitars, heated vocals and the most masculine of lyrical conceits. "This is what it's all about, no one can slow us down/We ain't gonna stop until the clock runs out. Bottoms up!" Kroeger growls. Aside from a nifty solo by guitarist Ryan Peake, "Bottoms Up" is amazingly monolithic: the verses bleed into the choruses undetected, and the hard-hitting tone never wavers. "Bottoms Up" is a nice head-banger, but lacks the slick melodies of the group's past hits.

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