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Chad Kroeger and Co. try new moves, with exhausting results

Nickelback

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 05: Chad Kroeger of Nickelback (ring detail) performs at Nickelback Special Announcement And Live Performance at House of Blues Sunset Strip on November 5, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)

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Love or hate them, Nickelback have a handle on hard-rock anthems. The secret to their multiplatinum success is that they’re masters of generality, packaging all the bland blue-collar fantasies and unrequited nostalgia of an According to Jim rerun into formulaic head-nodders. The Canadian rockers’ latest set is no exception, though they’ve cast a wider net this time. Frontman Chad Kroeger gurgles an Occupy-esque screed on “Edge of a Revolution,” dabbles in Maroon 5-style pop funk on “She Keeps Me Up,” wallows on “Miss You,” only to brag about his lover “motorboatin’ on that blond girl” on the next track, the Flo Rida–featuring “Got Me Runnin’ Round.” He’s too busy  partying to realize how tired he sounds.

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