Three Days Grace
One-X


2.0
poor

Review

by Porter W. Richards USER (62 Reviews)
September 9th, 2007 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: One-X shows potential for originality and good execution, but falls flat on it's face due to an overuse of predictable song structures, repetitive lyrics, and cliche topics.

The first time I heard (I Hate) Everything About You on the radio off of Three Days Grace's debut album, I turned the radio off after the chorus. It was that bad. Their mindless repetition in their choruses is completely moronic, frustrating, and irritating all at the same time. The lead singer, Adam Gontier, is a gifted man; his voice is completely unique, off-the-wall, and blends well with hard rock. His guitar work is heavy, metallic, and is excellent as well, so why does he subject himself to this mediocre songwriting? I mean, Three Days Grace sounds good upon first listen-their guitar work is unique, and Gontier's voice sticks out in a crowd. So, this should make Three Days Grace a good band...right?

Apparently not, as One-X is not even close to as good as this band should be. The songs blend together, seems really winding, irritating, and suffers from the repetition of unbelievably catchy and irritating chorus lines repeated over and over again. Even with these problems, the production on One-X is very good, and it manages to be a shining spot on One-X, as the production gleams of modern hard rock, filled with overbearing vocals that at times blend in with the guitar riffs-which is an excellent reason why Gontier's voice is perfect for rock music.

This album is a heavy-metal influenced hard-rock trip from the get-go; as it is fairly heavy, raw, and has a mysterious 'metallic' feel and sound to it-which is another fairly good point to One-X, but by the second track, Pain, Three Days Grace integrates their traditional down-beat verses, heavy, hard-edged choruses, and irritating repetitiveness. The song gets really irritating and predictable as well, as it features a pretty basic song structure burdened by the same idea being thrown around for the same song. Animal I Have Become is easily one of my favorite tracks on One-X, as it's guitar riffs pick me up from the start, and the hard-edged riffs keep me along for the ride. The song is still repetitive, but I absolutely love the chorus, the way it works, and the lyrics. The breakdown is wonderful, and the song seems pretty varied and unpredictable, even if the song structure is still rather basic. Riot is another really good track, as it features a pretty nice guitar riff, and the chorus just makes you want to start head-banging, fists in the air. Gontier's voice is impeccable in this song, and he uses his screaming a lot, which is where his voice shines.

There's really not much more to like about One-X though, as the album's most popular single at the moment, Never Too Late sounds like prototypical radio ballad fodder; even if it does have a deeper meaning-suicide. It's still pretty catchy, but the song structure is very stale, and the acoustic guitar riffs in the verses and the electric explosion of the chorus is a bit over-done and cliche now. And, for the most part, there's not much else to enjoy about the album after Riot, as it seems like it really drags, at times winding, completely mindless and repetitive. Up until the title track, you begin to wonder if this thing will ever end. The title track, One-X, is good, but not that good. The song's atmospheric backdrop in the verses is awesome and inspiring, and the chorus is pretty fun and fast, but the song sounds like every other song on the album, and manages to come off as Three Days Grace trying to be 'epic', but failing miserably with the same problems every song on One-X suffers from.

Sure seems like I'm beating a dead horse with the repetitiveness and predictability of One-X, right? Well, you won't think I'm beating a dead horse once you listen to the album itself, as it's all so predictable, and with many songs on this album, there's a feel of, "I've heard this song before, yet it's impossible that I have heard this song before. Weird.". Kind of like deja vu, but it's not deja vu, it's the predictability of this band. I mean, the album is pretty basic and elementary, and sounds as if a 7th grader wrote the songs. The lyrics aren't much above a 7th grade level either, as the album features plenty over-used, pretty elementary concepts, like suicide, love lost, etc., you get the point. So, I mean, there's plenty potential here with Three Days Grace, but they really don't use it at all and continue to make some pretty irritatingly repetitive, mindless, and predictable tracks; and this drags down a potentially good album into the territory of one of 2006's worst.

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KritikalMotion
September 9th 2007


2262 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Good review. Pretty much correct.

Three Days Grace use to be one of my favourite bands when i was musically inadequate.

tribestros
September 9th 2007


918 Comments


Very much so.

Epilogue
September 9th 2007


1591 Comments


Pain is an abomination to everything sincere and whole. That an Animal is what I've heard from this, nothing I would ever get. Good review too

Aficionado
September 9th 2007


1027 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Terrible band.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
September 9th 2007


17920 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

LETS START A RIOT, A RIOT, LETS START A RIOT

Otisbum
September 9th 2007


1912 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

As much as I hate to break the chain of low rates...

Nice review though. :thumb:

Erratic
September 9th 2007


1120 Comments


I completely agree.

meep17
September 9th 2007


136 Comments


I agree with most of this except for what you said about the vocals. I don't like them at all; I think they're really annoying. Good review, though.

tribestros
September 9th 2007


918 Comments


I like his vocals.

Oblivioncry
September 9th 2007


601 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i kinda like this, and i have to agree, the songs are repetitive, but damn a lot of them i find cathchy-

muchtallerthanu
September 9th 2007


648 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Three Days Grace use to be one of my favourite bands when i was musically inadequate.

Same, but I can still find a few songs tolerable.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
September 10th 2007


16089 Comments


Guy has some talent, not too noticeable on this though.

Chewie
November 27th 2007


4532 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

i think your being quite hard on them, they have a good edge, but great point on the songwriting, its shit. this band isnt one of my favorites but this album had some good things on it, more then u mentioned and isnt one of 2006's worst

Chewie
November 27th 2007


4532 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

but i was looking at ur profile and u got a fucking great taste in music man, most of ur favorite bands are mine as well.

Burnyourface
December 10th 2008


223 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

This band and these songs make me want to shoot my car stereo, i dont think his voice is that unique... there's one if not two other bands that sound similar enough to him that i can't keep them straight,

toxin.
December 28th 2009


12613 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I love how it's "in trend" to hate on mainstream bands.

Oh well, I thought it was pretty decent. I guess it depends on how much you hate repetition and crappy lyrics (two things I definitely can agree with).

I don't know, I just think the catchiness of the album and band in general and Adam's voice makes it pretty damn good.

(By the way, if you listen to heavy metal, why the hell are you on a mainstream band's review in the first place? You don't see me saying "Yelling isn't music" - whether or not that's my opinion.)

Emim
December 28th 2009


26646 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I love how it's "in trend" to hate on mainstream bands.


2007-09-09 | 18 comments | 1,361 views


People hate on most mainstream bands because they are watered down crap, which is really only useful in smearing your face with before slaughtering a goat. Just saying...

ninjuice
December 28th 2009


6760 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

(By the way, if you listen to heavy metal, why the hell are you on a mainstream band's review in the first place? You don't see me saying "Yelling isn't music" - whether or not that's my opinion.)

Oh wow

Emim
December 28th 2009


26646 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, I was going to say that Adam's way of singing is much closer to "Yelling" than anything.



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