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3 Doors Down
     

3 Doors Down

4.2 21
by 3 Doors Down
 
Like many heavy guitar bands who surfaced at the tail-end of the '90s, 3 Doors Down have reverted to comfortable old habits in their advanced years, shedding some of the post-grunge trappings of their hit album in favor of a slightly more conventional sound, one where classic rock mixes it up with '80s metal. Not that the boys have gotten

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Like many heavy guitar bands who surfaced at the tail-end of the '90s, 3 Doors Down have reverted to comfortable old habits in their advanced years, shedding some of the post-grunge trappings of their hit album in favor of a slightly more conventional sound, one where classic rock mixes it up with '80s metal. Not that the boys have gotten fun on their eponymous 2008 album. Some of the cavernous murk has lifted, some of the sonics have straightened out, replaced by something that's heavier yet still leaden -- as typified by the opening "Train," which lurches with the intention of turning into a Southern-fried Skynyrd rocker but never quite does -- but the group is inherently indisposed to having a laugh. Naturally, a group this earnest does sing about matters of life and death, as on "Citizen/Soldier," a salute to America's National Guardsmen, that wound up being used in a National Guard recruitment ad in the year prior to the release of 3 Doors Down, but there's heartfelt searching, like when singer Brad Arnold complains that "It's Not My Time," or the many times he decides he just has to be himself, thereby exhorting his fans to do the same. All this moodiness is set to guitars that surge, not really riding any riffs but rather pushing his pleas forward on Walls of Sound so compressed and cleansed they wind up sounding like mush. And that's the ultimate irony of 3 Doors Down as they mature: try as they may to pour out their angst-ridden hearts, by riding out their success and smoothing out their music they've turned into mildly aggro background music at malls and movie theaters across the nation.

Editorial Reviews

Billboard - Deborah Evans Price
Taut musicianship, well-crafted songs and potent vocals make this a landmark album in an already multiplatinum career.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/20/2008
Label:
Republic
UPC:
0602517662988
catalogNumber:
001106502
Rank:
18818

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

3 Doors Down   Primary Artist
David Angell   Strings
John Catchings   Strings
David Davidson   Strings
Kris Wilkinson   Strings
Greg Upchurch   Group Member
Matt Roberts   Group Member
Todd Harrell   Group Member
Chris Henderson   Group Member
Brad Arnold   Group Member

Technical Credits

Kris Wilkinson   String Arrangements
Johnny K   Producer,Engineer
Kirk Kelsey   Producer,Engineer
Mike Paragone   Engineer
Christopher Kornmann   Art Direction
Heather Sturm   Engineer
Doug Sonders   Cover Photo

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3 Doors Down 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm being nice by giving this a two. I don't know what it is, but it seems like this band is determined never to rock again. Each release after their first just becomes more generic and more half rock/ half ballad/ half-assed. Way to sellout guys. How much more of this before everyone else catches on? I’m tired of Brad Arnold's trite lyrics in general, but more specifically about telling everyone to be themselves. Just like he is trying to do. (Funny, I remember a song on the first album where all he wanted was “To be like that, just to live one day in someone else’s shoes.”) I think that for a man almost thirty he would have worked this out by now, like maybe back when he was 17. But hey, maybe it’s me. I’m 20 years old, past the teenage years, so maybe I’m to grown up for their music. I just thought that the band who recorded the smash album “The Better Life,” would have moved on to bigger and better things rather than boldly marching on into rock music irrelevance.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was a excited, love this band, love the single, and wow, what a train wreck. The songs all sound the same, with no beginning, middle or end. Like they were written on the back of their hands at the last second. Their vocals are off too. I wish I had listened to more of the album before buying it. What a shame.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this band they rock love the album its great a must to pick up ! you will love it wow amazing songs like she don't want the world . love all the songs
Guest More than 1 year ago
While not as good as their first album, it's better all around than the past two. It still doesn't rock as hard as THE BETTER LIFE, but like other reviews have said, they seem to be more radio pop. I think the songs are good throughout the album.I do like the album though and if you like 3 Door Down, you will like this album.
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