Silver Side Up

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Silver Side Up
Nickelback - Silver Side Up - CD cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 11, 2001
RecordedApril–June 2001
StudioGreenhouse Studios (Burnaby, Canada)
Genre
Length39:08
Label
Producer
Nickelback chronology
The State
(1998)
Silver Side Up
(2001)
Three-Sided Coin
(2002)
Singles from Silver Side Up
  1. "How You Remind Me"
    Released: July 17, 2001
  2. "Too Bad"
    Released: February 26, 2002
  3. "Never Again"
    Released: July 2, 2002
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyC[2]
Rolling Stone2/5 stars[3]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide2.5/5 stars[5]

Silver Side Up is the third studio album by Canadian rock band Nickelback, released on September 11, 2001. According to AllMusic, Silver Side Up continued Nickelback's tradition of "dark high-octane rock" from the band's first two albums.[1] It reached number one in Canada,[6] Austria,[7] Ireland,[8] New Zealand,[9] and the United Kingdom.[10] The album was certified 8× Platinum in Canada,[11] 6× Platinum in the US,[12] and 3× Platinum in the UK.[13]

In late 2002 (November and December), Nickelback hit the road in support of their latest UK single release, "Never Again", which the band started playing in Sheffield on that night. This was their first ever UK arena tour, stopping off in Brighton, Sheffield, Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester, and London at Wembley Arena, with support coming from Vancouver's rock band Default. This would end the Silver Side Up world tour before travelling back to Canada to begin work on their 2003 record The Long Road.

Background[edit]

By 2000, Nickelback had begun to receive commercial success through performing their 1998 album The State and its lead single "Leader of Men". In early 2001, The State was certified Gold in Canada and had almost reached the same certification in America. At this time, Nickelback was planning to enter the studio to begin recording their third studio album. In March 2001, the band won their first Juno Award for Best New Group of the Year. In April 2001, they returned to the studio where The State was made, to begin recording Silver Side Up. Many of the songs from Silver Side Up were written before The State was released; some of them, including "Hangnail" and "Hollywood," had been played live and many fans already knew them before Silver Side Up was released. "Just For" was originally released on Curb as "Just Four" in 1996. According to Chad Kroeger during a Vegas concert in 2018, "Where Do I Hide?" is about a friend of his who would bust out of prison all the time and go back to Nickelback's hometown of Hanna, Alberta.

Nickelback took their time recording Silver Side Up, and eventually hired Rick Parashar to help them produce the album. By June 2001, the band had completed the record; they announced the lead single would be "How You Remind Me". Mike Kroeger, the bass player, wanted to release "Never Again", but the record label and bandmates decided "How You Remind Me" would be more appropriate. In July 2001, Nickelback sent "How You Remind Me" to radio stations. In August that year, Nickelback played their first German tour. In early September, the band set out to tour with their friends 3 Doors Down. While on tour, "How You Remind Me" reached number one on both the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and the Modern Rock Tracks chart before Silver Side Up was officially released. The success of the album's lead single catapulted their previous album The State back onto the Billboard charts.

Release and chart performance[edit]

Silver Side Up was released on September 11, 2001.[1] The album entered the Billboard 200, peaking at number two behind The Blueprint by American rapper Jay-Z and surpassing Nickelback's previous album, The State, which peaked at 130. Silver Side Up peaked at number 2 in the Billboard 200 and number 1 in the Canadian albums chart, becoming Nickelback's first album to enter the Canadian albums chart. The band decided to tour with Default and others in late 2001. Silver Side Up received Platinum status from the RIAA, becoming Nickelback's first album to garner that distinction. In Canada, it also reached Platinum status, surpassing The State, which went Gold in January 2001. As the album was released on September 11, many listened to it to help grieve after the September 11 attacks.[14] By late 2001, "How You Remind Me" had already become a massive hit. The music video for the song was heavily played on MTV and other channels.

In December 2001, "How You Remind Me" peaked at number one in the Billboard Hot 100, where it remained for four weeks. The song stayed in the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 for 20 consecutive weeks. By the end of 2001, Silver Side Up had been awarded Double Platinum status by the RIAA. Follow-up singles were "Too Bad" and "Never Again", both of which reached number one on the rock charts, but failed to achieve the same success as "How You Remind Me".

In 2002, Nickelback toured worldwide to support Silver Side Up; they filmed a concert in their home province of Alberta, which the band released on DVD as Live at Home. The band won many Juno Awards and several Billboard Music Awards. "How You Remind Me" became the number one song of the Hot 100 of the year for 2002. By early 2003, the band was nominated for the American Music Awards. Nickelback also played at the American Music Awards. Silver Side Up was certified 6x Multi Platinum by the RIAA and 8x Multi Platinum by the CRIA.

In the United Kingdom, the album has sold over 1,117,000 copies as of June 2017.[15]

Reception[edit]

As of December 22, 2010, the album had sold 5,666,000 copies in the U.S.[16] According to IFPI, over 2,000,000 copies were sold in Europe and over 8,000,000 were sold worldwide by 2002. It was ranked 47th on Billboard's 200 Albums of the Decade.[17]

The album received mixed reviews from critics. Rolling Stone critic Matt Diehl gave the album two out of five stars, stating, "Nearly every song seems trapped in the amber of early-Nineties Seattle aesthetics, the sonic equivalent of too many unfortunate goatees."[18]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics are written by Chad Kroeger; all music is composed by Nickelback.

No.TitleLength
1."Never Again"3:43
2."How You Remind Me"4:20
3."Woke Up This Morning"3:50
4."Too Bad"3:52
5."Just For"4:03
6."Hollywood"3:04
7."Money Bought"3:24
8."Where Do I Hide"3:38
9."Hangnail"3:54
10."Good Times Gone"5:18
Total length:39:10
Japan Bonus Track
No.TitleLength
11."Learn the Hard Way" (appears as international bonus track on The Long Road)2:58

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[53] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[54] Platinum 40,000*
Belgium (BEA)[55] Gold 25,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[56] 8× Platinum 800,000^
France (SNEP)[57] Gold 100,000*
Germany (BVMI)[58] Platinum 300,000^
Macao (IFPI Macao)[59] 3× Platinum 90,000[59]
Netherlands (NVPI)[60] Platinum 80,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[61] Gold 7,500^
Sweden (GLF)[62] Gold 40,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[63] Platinum 40,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[64] 3× Platinum 1,117,454[15]
United States (RIAA)[65] 6× Platinum 6,000,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[66] 2× Platinum 2,000,000*

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Appearances[edit]

  • The song "Never Again" was featured as downloadable content for the video game Rock Band in 2010.
  • The song "How You Remind Me" was featured in the procedural drama Third Watch (season 3 episode 7) in 2001 during the opening closing credits, as well as in the video game Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock in 2010 and as downloadable content for Rock Band in 2011.

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