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'It's not a jam, it's a gem': Nickelback hear Father John Misty for the first time

Jesse Kinos-Goodin

Nickelback is one of the bestselling acts to ever come out of Canada, behind only Shania Twain, Celine Dion and Alanis Morissette when it comes to international album sales.

And yet, for all the band's success, critical acclaim has remained elusive. Nickelback’s 2005 album, All the Right Reasons, which was recently awarded a rare Diamond status for sales over 10 million in the U.S., only has a critical score of 41 per cent, according to Metacritic.

So when critical darling Father John Misty defended the band in the press (“I will ride for Nickelback,” he told NME), it made headlines.

Nickelback is releasing its ninth studio album, Feed the Machine, this week, and agreed to play a game of Jam or Not a Jam with CBC Music. It only seemed appropriate to play something from Misty, an artist whom they had heard of but never actually heard.

The reaction is priceless.

“That's the first time I've heard Father John Misty, that was cool,” said guitarist Ryan Peake after the shoot.

Watch below as we play Peake and Chad Kroeger tracks from Miley Cyrus, Chainsmokers, Justin Bieber and others in this segment of Jam or Not a Jam.

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