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One-X

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by Three Days Grace
 

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Success came quickly to this Canadian quartet, which sold more than a million copies of their debut album and dominated rock radio airwaves for the better part of two years. To hear them tell it on this follow-up, that's both the good and bad news. Much of One-X is given over to self-examination -- even self-flagellation -- about life in the spotlight, with

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Success came quickly to this Canadian quartet, which sold more than a million copies of their debut album and dominated rock radio airwaves for the better part of two years. To hear them tell it on this follow-up, that's both the good and bad news. Much of One-X is given over to self-examination -- even self-flagellation -- about life in the spotlight, with frontman Adam Gontier pouring plenty of angst into songs like the surprisingly raw-edged music-biz kiss-off "Animal I Have Become," which pits the singer's growl against insistently bulldozing riffs. While the band tone down the aggression a bit on "Pain," which is cleaved by choruses that all but demand listener sing-alongs, Gontier sticks with his writing-as-therapy motif, waxing alternately desperate and repentant as he sifts through the detritus of some pretty nasty mornings after. Fortunately -- for both the album's tone and the overall psychic state of the band -- there's some acknowledgement of a light at the end of the tunnel. "Never Too Late," which opens with guitarist Barry Stock gently strumming out a moody filigree, has an airiness about it that dovetails nicely with Gontier's understated delivery of a lyric that addresses attempts to gain solid footing on terra firma. That's echoed on the album-closing title track, on which Gontier belies the world-weary sound of his voice by vowing to step forward with conviction -- an ending that, while not exactly Hollywood perfect, is thoroughly satisfying.

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All Music Guide - Corey Apar
Three Days Grace continue their accessible alt-metal attack of blunt lyrics and crunching rhythms with their sophomore effort, One-X. Thematically based around dealing with the disconnect felt while Three Days Grace were on the road in support of their 2003 album, the music remains catchy despite its lyrical darkness. Not surprisingly, the songs mostly revolve around feelings of isolation, tumultuous relationships, and anguished loneliness -- but through all their misery and confusion, Three Days Grace ultimately embrace the difficulties as merely a part of being human ("I'd rather feel pain than nothing at all" from "Pain"). The band's simple and direct approach owns a certain charm that makes One-X an enjoyable listen, albeit hardly innovative. The bandmembers still have no desire to mask sentiments behind perverse metaphors; just as their 2003 smash single "I Hate Everything About You" addressed a problematic relationship in powerfully straight terms, so do tracks on One-X. For instance -- and just so there's no room for confusion -- "Let It Die" frankly states "I swear I never meant to let it die/I just don't care about you anymore." And the forthright "Riot" ("Let's start a riot!") is one of a few riled-up outsider anthems on hand. But, there are also a number of tracks present that find Three Days Grace adding a few interesting twists to their hard-hitting formula that not only show a gentler side to the guys, but also work out rather nicely. Calming things down a bit, fluid instrumentation and vocalist Adam Gontier's steady delivery make the ominous "Get Out Alive" one of their strongest (though softer) songs, while "Over and Over" employs impassioned strings for an exploration of, yes, dysfunctional relationships. "Pain" finds the band channeling its inner Soundgarden and "Animal I Have Become" has a slight singsongy chorus to complement the track's thick riffing. There is no reason that fans of the band shouldn't embrace this album as the satisfying listen that it is. Some further distinctive qualities could be useful in helping separate Three Days Grace more from their alt-metal peers, but One-X certainly plays as a proficient step in the right direction.
Los Angeles Daily News
Anyone who appreciates alt-metal that refuses to dumb itself down will get a charge from "One-X."

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Release Date:
06/13/2006
Label:
Jive
UPC:
0828768350423
catalogNumber:
83504
Rank:
2703

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One-X 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 64 reviews.
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I grew up on Three Days Grace, playing Runescape Music Videos with it. It was on constant loop along with Linkin Park, with the tunes never growing old. Going to a concert recently, even with Matt Walst replacing Adam, I still felt the goosebumps all over while in crazy moshpits.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Very good, good lyrics, good sound, good style. Liked every song but one-x. A cd you can listen to over and over.
Guest More than 1 year ago
So i decided to buy this cd because their first single sounded ok, but that is just false about the rest of the record. The vocals are ok on the cd even though i could never really get into the songs cause there were not any good chorus lines. The band is ok also on the record, but live is a completely different story. These guys miss changes in beat and the singer cant keep in tune for his life. This cd was prbly one of the very very few i have that was a complete waste of money. And by few i mean less than 5 in a collection of over 430 cds. So if you can, avoid this cd at all cost.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One-X is an amazing album. Each track is filled with emotional and powerful lyrics and music that is just indescribable. I love every track on the album! And Adam Gontier's voice is addicting, to say the least.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Three Days Grace is truly amazing. Their music has such good messages. This band is always going to be my favorite band, anyone who buys their CD would love it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My friend bought this for her favorite song pain and she loved it but on song #11 it had the f word in it but it wasen't explict . That was her only problem with it. Otherwise rock on!
Guest More than 1 year ago
One-X is Three Days Grace at their finest. Their debut album was very good, but One-X blows it away. This album from track 1 right to the very end is undeniably amazing. You have to hear Never Too Late, Riot, Pain, and Let It Die, as well as the rest of this awesome album. You will not be disappointed one bit. It's worth every dollar you spend on it and you will listen to it and be more drawn in every time. It's a must for any rock fans cd collection! Three Days Grace outdid themselves with One-X!
Dimon94 More than 1 year ago
first my friends let me have the cd i didnt really like it because it seems like they sing about the same thing in every song but i put it on my iPod anyways i got used to the songs and they got stuck in my head you i kinda like some songs now. :) its a good cd though
Guest More than 1 year ago
THis CD by far is the best, they have only 2 CD's out but this one is the best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Three Days Grace has been my favorite band for over 2 years. I don't know how any one could ever not like them. One of you people said that TDG was bad. Not at all. You have to like this kind and style of music. Three Days Grace rocks. ROCK ON!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my alltime favorite band. This cd has almost all of their greatest songs ever. This is an awesome cd. To those who dont know who this band is, you need to go to youtube and type in 3 Days Grace and listen to about 3 of their songs, and you will love them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
so this CD is so much better than their other one. this band writes songs with so much meaning i suggest going on youtube and listenin to all there songs. just so u know most of these songs revovle around the lead singer's struggle to stop taking drugs. also this is not a dark band the singer just finds it easier to write songs when he's angry.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this CD for a couple of the songs and was I suprised how much I love the others. Not a sucky song on the cd. Highly recommended if you want excellent music to listen to. Only 2 swear words so it's not too objectionable.
MacabreChris More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best albums I've ever heard. Great job 3DG, can't wait for their next album!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this CD today and wow. The CD's awesome. Great lyrics and gread over all sound. Yes, I love this cd.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best CD's that has been released in a long time. Every song on the CD is awesome. Anyone would love this CD. Definatly buy it.
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