You are in good company if you can't stand to listen to even ten seconds of "Photograph."
It isn't a secret that a lot of people don't really like Nickelback. In fact, it has been a joke across the internet for years. Why a lot of people didn't like the band was a mystery, but now we might have a real reason not to like their songs. Salli Anttonen, a Finnish student, has been compiling nearly 14 years' worth of reviews about the group to help understand what it is about them that irks people.
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The University of Eastern Finland student dug deep into the stories about the Canadian group that were published in Finland between 2000 and 2014, according to the BBC. Her study, hysterical named "Hypocritical Bulls--t Performed Through Gritted Teeth: Authenticity Discourses in Nickelback’s Album Reviews in Finnish Media," attempts to find why people started to hate the band.
Nickelback is composed of four members, Chad Kroeger, Ryan Peake, Mike Kroeger and Daniel Adair, and was formed in 1995. Since then, they have released eight studio albums and have had several hits. They are best known for songs like "Photograph," "How You Remind Me," "Far Away," and "Someday." They continue to tour to this day.
Anttonen's finding conclude that most critics seem to believe that Nickelback isn't genuine enough. They don't have anything that really sets them apart from similar bands.
Anttonen also claims that the downfall of the band came when they allowed their song "Rockstar" to be used in a furniture commercial:
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"Nickelback is too much of everything to be enough of something," Anttonen wrote in her study. "They follow genre expectations too well, which is seen as empty imitation, but also not well enough, which is read as commercial tactics and as a lack of a stable and sincere identity."