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Nickelback are still figuring out who they are on their sophomore album, The State. Initially self-released, the record was eventually widely distributed when the band signed to a major, and it even spawned the charting single "Leader of Men." But the sound here is an inchoate version of the polished rock of "How You Remind Me," released two years later. The opener, "Breathe," sounds like Nickelback's erstwhile contemporaries Bush, and "One Last Rush" boasts the speedy pulse of Foo Fighters. Tracks like "Worthy to Say" and the stomping "Diggin' This" point the way forward, to the time when Nickleback would have their own lane and own the active rock genre.

Customer Reviews

Great Music

If you liked "Silver Side Up", your going to love "The State". This album has the great Nickelback sound we all love. "Leader of Men" shows of Chad's amazing voice. "One Last Run" and "Breathe" keep the rock n' roll going, and you have other songs like "Worthy to Say" and "Old Enough" to make this album a success. A must have to discover more of what Nickelback is about. GREAT MUSIC.


I can't explain it! It's amazing. This album is one of the best that I have heard!!! If U liked their album Silver Side Up, then U'd love this album.

The debut of things to come

Nickelback's "The State" is a solid debut in 1998 (Not 2007) from the band we now know all over the world today. At certain times when listening to this album, it might sound like some of the songs might run together and not have the powerful, thunderous sound that they have here in the present. However, "The State", like most debut albums from the 90's didn't benifit from lots of production time and fine-tuning like you hear today. Nickelback is notorious for tweaking their sound relentlessly until they find what they want. Unfortunately, "The State" couldnt be given that much attention to detail when it was recorded due to money issues at the time. Their next album, "Silver Side Up", would be the first to get the luxary of time and as we all know, the rest is history. The standouts on this album are "Not Leavin' Yet", "Breathe". "Hold Out Your Hand", "Worthy to Say" and of course, the slow-building-and-then-roaring-chorus "Leader Of Men" (A personal favorite). The lyrics have a somewhat darker tone and hard-to-understand-the-meaning feel to them, unlike their hits on later albums (i.e. - "How You Remind Me", "Figured You Out, Rockstar, etc). Lead singer Chad Kroeger admits that after this album, he began to write in a straight-forward tone that this Nickelback fan agrees with. With that said however, the lyrics of this album do feel alot more personal and it can relate to everyone on their own personal level. If you are a new Nickelback fan due to their hits off of "All the Right Reasons", this album might be hard to get into due to the huge difference in sound, tone, drummer and mood of the albums. "The State" is an album that has to grow on you. If you let it stand on it's own and accept as Nickelback at a different time, then "The State" will have you rocking your head and jamming on your air guitar. "The State" definetly isnt for everyone. But if you appreciate good ol' fashioned, jamming, rock n' roll w/ passion, then I think this album is just for you


Formed: 1996 in Hanna, Alberta, Canada

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Few bands did more than Nickelback to establish the force of slick, commercially minded post-grunge in the 2000s. Led by vocalist Chad Kroeger, the band initially emerged in the late '90s as Canada's answer to Creed, prizing a blend of gruff vocals and distorted (yet radio-friendly) guitars. After a handful of singles failed to gain much traction in Canada, "How You Remind Me" caught hold in 2001, eventually topping the charts in several countries while gathering four Grammy nominations and four...
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