Curb (album)

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Studio album by Nickelback
Released May 1, 1996
June 25, 2002 (reissue)
Recorded 1996 (1996)
Genre Grunge
Length 46:25
Label Shoreline / Select / self-released
Roadrunner (re-release)
Producer Larry Anschell
Nickelback chronology
The State
Singles from Curb
  1. "Fly"
    Released: August 1, 1996
Alternative cover
2002 reissue cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Curb is the debut studio album by Canadian rock band Nickelback. Originally self-released by the band on May 1, 1996, the album was later reissued by Roadrunner in 2002, with a different album cover.

The album was named after a friend of lead singer Chad Kroeger's, Kirby. "He came over a hill in the middle of nowhere on a dirt gravel road and had a head-on collision with a car," Kroeger recalled. "He stumbled out of the car bleeding and bashed up pretty bad, and he opened up the [door of the other] car, and it's his girlfriend. She snuck out at the same time, was going to see him and he killed her on the back of a dirt road. I tried to imagine what they could possibly feel like, and that's where that song comes from."

The songs "Where?", "Fly", "Left" and "Window Shopper" had previously been released on the band's first extended play Hesher. While "Where?" and "Left" were re-recorded, "Fly" and "Window Shopper" were unaltered. "Just Four" was later re-recorded and released as "Just For" on the band's third album, Silver Side Up, in 2001.

The song "Left" appears in the 1999 Highlander: The Raven episode "War and Peace".

When reissued in 2002, Curb entered the American Billboard 200 albums chart at number 182.[2] The album received its first certification 14 years after its release date; it was certified Gold in Canada as of March 2010. The majorly distorted guitar riffs and raw vocals from Curb are not as present in later releases.

"Fly" was released as the only single from the album, in July 1996, for which the band's first promotional music video was also recorded. It showed the band playing at what appeared to be a party at a house.

This was the only full-length album by the band to feature original drummer Brandon Kroeger and to have a title track.

Album covers[edit]

The re-released version of the album (2002) has a road on the cover, whereas the original 1996 version shows a wrecked car on the cover. The original is an extremely sought-after collector's item.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Chad Kroeger; all music composed by Nickelback, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Little Friend"   3:48
2. "Pusher"   4:00
3. "Detangler"   3:41
4. "Curb"   4:51
5. "Where?" (Nickelback, Jeff Boyd) 4:27
6. "Falls Back On"   2:57
7. "Sea Groove"   3:57
8. "Fly" (Nickelback, Boyd) 2:53
9. "Just For"   3:53
10. "Left" (Nickelback, Boyd) 4:03
11. "Window Shopper" (Nickelback, Boyd) 3:42
12. "I Don't Have"   4:05
Total length:


Additional personnel
2002 reissue artwork personnel


  1. ^ "Nickelback: Curb" at AllMusic. Retrieved 5 July 2011.
  2. ^ "Nickelback > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Retrieved November 6, 2009.