To be fair to these guys, they're excellent live, and probably have been the nicest band I've ever met. Aside from lyrical qualms, they're the type of band I'd love to see succeed.
These guys do kick serious ass live. As far as any comparisons to Nickelback or Creed or Staind, that is pure rubbish.
They are nothing like those bands at all, i hate those shitty bands and i think the Puppies kick ass. They are way faster and have a better overall sound than those garbage long-haired Fabios. The album's fast songs get you amped up for anything, the drummer and bassist are talented.
The slow songs have something to be desired for sure...but i didn't buy it for those songs