Woke Up This Morning
Label: Roadrunner Records
Chad Kroeger continues to question himself, creating the interesting mix of self-loathing and bravado that resulted in world record sales in excess of 29 million -- even non-fans can hum "How You Remind Me." The band's third outing is a little more adventurous, with Peter Frampton-esque voice boxes, fat but sludgy riffs and a surprisingly elegant slide guitar on "Hangnail." The lyrics are more poetic and injured, touching on matters of abuse, complicated relationships and, once again, the fear of dashed dreams.