This Canadian band have held a firm grip over the North American post-grunge rock genre over the past ten years. In relation to their American counterparts ? 3 Doors Down and Black Stone Cherry ? they have excelled in both popularity and record sales.
'The Ultimate Video Collection' has a selection of hits from the beginning of their career like the raw grungy ?Leader of Men? to the more recent anthemic ?Rockstar?. However, looking at compliation as a greatest hits selection, you get the impression that this is just a mediocre, disappointing summary of another sub-standard and uncreative rock band. Drenched in a visual montage of a pained Chad Kroeger visage singing along to a pictorial tragedy involving some heartbreak or misfortune, it only leaves you thinking: where?s the originality?
There is a somewhat refreshing break with songs like 'If Everyone Cared' which is surprisingly moving and shows, to some extent, a more diverse and sensitive band. The song's well-mixed piano part as well as a very stumpy bluegrass banjo part during the chorus of 'Someday' provide the only trace of variety.
Things aren't much better in the lyrics department. The majority are infantile and the overall composition appears to be a blend of boy band lyrics and '90s country choruses tightly pasted over a slightly harder background. Nickelback are just too generic.
Perhaps the future will show a different side to the band. But since they blew away mainstream audiences with ?How You Remind Me? there's been no transformation whatsoever. This video collection only reinforces that fact.
Ultimately for a band trying to connect with you on an emotional level, they?ve produced a DVD which does no such thing.