Three Days Grace
Life Starts Now


2.0
poor

Review

by J. Ponton EMERITUS
September 19th, 2009 | 165 replies | 23,982 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Three Days Grace release their 2003 debut album once again.

It has been three years since Three Days Graces' One-X, and the band have finally returned with their third studio album, Life Starts Now. Previous installments from the band turned out to be no more than mainstream rock albums that were compromised mostly of three-chord songs and contained a heavy coat of production paint. Nearly all of the tracks on those album came custom-made with a blunt and unimaginative set of lyrics that singer Adam Gontier was somehow able to make believable and convincing. As it came to pass, the band flourished - particularly thanks to the easily identifiable singles that gave the common man an anthem to shout and sing along to during their daily lives. Now the band has returned and promised a better album; one that is supposedly filled with jam sessions and guitar solos. Does Life Starts Now deliver on Three Days Grace’s promise, or is it merely a rehash of the band’s popular debut once again?

Opening track “Bitter Taste” is evidence hinting that the band have indeed pulled the same card out of their deck for the third consecutive time in a row. A simple riff starts the song, and Adam follows with a typical verse and chorus structure and delivers a hook that’s far too forced and contrived in nature to be convincing. However, there is a guitar solo here, and it’s actually pretty decent in comparison to what is usually found in most mainstream rock albums. This song is an example of what the listener can expect from the rest of the album as it mostly comprises the elements of the band's typical work: elementary lyrics, simple chord progressions, and give or take an interesting bridge section every now and then.

Ever searching for a way to appeal to the masses, the band opts to shoot straight for the fans that fell for One-X’s hopeful, ballad single, “Never Too Late”. Fourth track “Lost in You” is a future hit single and is practically bagging up its belongings for its inevitable trip to the top of the charts. Those turned off by the last album's popular ballad will find nothing of interest here, and “Last To Know” continues much in the same vein offering love/loss lyrics that sound a bit out of place on a Three Days Grace album. Once again, Adam’s vocal delivery seems a bit too forced - as if he is trying to imply a catchy hook instead of just letting it come naturally as the song progresses. This brings up another point that needs to be mentioned: the majority of the hooks and choruses to be found on this album are quite weak and anticlimactic in nature. In contrast, those that were found in the band’s back catalog were much catchier - on average, anyway - and the band seemed like they successfully implemented the hooks properly throughout.

Three Days Grace has a nasty habit of offering up “dumb” rockers; those that merely repeat their respective song titles over and over again to get some point across that doesn’t really need to be mentioned in the first place. Songs like “Break”, “Bully”, “Goin’ Down”, and the title track all turn out to be examples of boring and lazy songwriting - efforts that turn out to be no more than recycled songs that the band has already released years ago. Three Days Grace sound as if they are running out of song ideas - both instrumentally and lyrically - and their attempts to make up for their lack of inspiration are generic and mediocre at best. If this is the best that they can offer after three years of being in a band together, they should probably reconsider their chemistry as effective songwriters.

Three Days Grace are back, and they've brought with them “rehash number two” of their famous debut album. Life Starts Now is likely to do relatively well in the music market - thanks mostly in part to the band’s popular name and a few successful singles. However, as whole, Life Starts Now suffers from poor songwriting, horrible lyrics, and a simple instrumental aspect of the music that has just now begun to grow. I hate to break it to the band, but life started a long time ago - it's a shame that the Canadians boys have just now gotten a glimpse and feel of it. As history has proven, life contains a certain aspect that causes it to evolve and grow stronger over time - it is this very characteristic that Three Days Grace do not seem to have. Life Starts Now is a generic and recycled package that's been done again and again by other similar bands in the past.



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Ponton
Emeritus
September 19th 2009



5784 Comments


http://underthegunreview.net/?p=4846

Album can be streamed here.


Edit: Above site took album down, but it can be streamed below.

http://music.aol.com/new-releases-full-cds/#/2

Waior
September 19th 2009



11425 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Well, shoot. Review thief! Haha. At least I can delete this off my computer now.

Very good review. Stop bolding the band name though.

Fxxkit13
September 19th 2009



1559 Comments


Really good review, i'm saddened by the fact that this apparently sucks but it wont stop me from at least trying it out.



Good Review.

Ponton
Emeritus
September 19th 2009



5784 Comments


Stop bolding the band name though

Alright thanks, I'll fix it.

Ponton
Emeritus
September 19th 2009



5784 Comments


The album doesn't suck, per se, its just that its the same as the band's other albums, minus any originality.

pizzamachine
September 19th 2009



12571 Comments


Whooooah check out the guy with the review! I pos'd.

Waior
September 19th 2009



11425 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Album sucks, per se. Band has really good verses and terrible, terrible choruses.

Fxxkit13
September 19th 2009



1559 Comments


I'll probably like it anyway... i'm a sucker for 3DG

Romulus
September 19th 2009



8413 Comments


I hate this more than I usually hate Three Days Grace albums. Which is a lot.

YouAreMySilence
September 19th 2009



3727 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

From the single it doesn't seem like this is close to their debut.

Ponton
Emeritus
September 19th 2009



5784 Comments


Yeah, I was hoping it would be better, mostly due to that trailer the band released, but its just a hype starter.


"Band has really good verses and terrible, terrible choruses."

yep, practically builds you up for a letdown.

fromtheinside
September 19th 2009



17714 Comments


i just got this and was excited to listen to it. im not gonna let you influence me first though, haha no offense i just would rather go in blind.

Digging: Fallujah - The Flesh Prevails

Ponton
Emeritus
September 19th 2009



5784 Comments


If you are a big fan you'll probably enjoy it, given bias and stuff. I hope yoo find something you like though.

fromtheinside
September 19th 2009



17714 Comments


not a fanboy by any means but they have places in my heart for the mems.
anyway i'm not floored by any means as bitter taste and break are as bland as their titles suggest.

Ponton
Emeritus
September 19th 2009



5784 Comments


Yeah, you'll find most tracks are pretty devoid of depth. In most cases, the song's title is essentially the song's chorus line.

bastard
September 19th 2009



3435 Comments


Three Days Grace release their 2003 debut album once again.


no way

Chewie
September 19th 2009



4531 Comments


the summary alone is worth a pos

Ponton
Emeritus
September 19th 2009



5784 Comments


Thank you. There were so many news articles that said "life starts for three days grace on sept 22nd", that I couldn't resist

fromtheinside
September 19th 2009



17714 Comments


i'm kinda thinking its unfair to say they've re-released the same in the sense that you can definitely hear them trying to branch away from that bland sound. still it ends being just as generic and boring so in that sense i can understand. i dunno, some tracks are worth a few more listens while the others just are so boring they make me angry.

BassDemon333
September 20th 2009



3351 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

It's better than One-X, but it's still suffering the same flaws that all 3DG albums have. Excellent review, I agree with most of your points.



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