3 Doors Down
Seventeen Days


3.0
good

Review

by Ian USER (108 Reviews)
September 4th, 2005 | 35 replies | 11,597 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


7 of 8 thought this review was well written

*Note: This is a re-write of my first ever review I turned in to Sputnikmusic. Since I have learned quite a bit in my time here, I decided to go back, and begin to redo my first three to five reviews, in order to hopefully match them to my efforts of late. Enjoy the review. =)

3 Doors Down formed in 1996, and were signed to Universal Records in 2000. They are an alternative rock group that have released three full-length albums, with a total in sales of over ten million. The Better Life was the bands first album release in 2000, which under the strength of the single Kryptonite, went on to go six times platinum. Then two years later, Away From The Sun was put out, had a strong single in Here Without You, and met with good sales, even though it only sold half of what The Better Life did. The reason was most likely because the truth of the matter is that the songs on both of 3 Doors Down�s first two albums sounded alike. However, they could still be considered a good band because of the emotional lyrics front man Brad Arnold put forward, and for their hooks, while repetitive, are still attractively catchy. Enter 3 Doors Down�s third effort, Seventeen Day�s, which has a chance to become the best selling album from the band yet. It debuted number 1 on the Billboard Music Charts, a first time for the band, and it went Platinum in only a month.

Since The Better Life, and Away From The Sun are so similar, it could be said that they are twin brothers. This album is noticeably different than it�s two twin brothers; you could say Seventeen Days is the younger sister of the two. Why? Because the music is incredibly tame compared to The Better Life, and Away From The Sun. This can be a good thing, as well as a bad thing. The good reason for the music becoming tamer is that it allows Brad to convey both his lyrics, and voice in a more, say, appropriate way. What affects the album in a negative way for having a slower pace is that even though 3 Doors Down�s past efforts were repetitive, there were enough songs to qualify as great singles, and enough hard rock tracks to keep ones attention. With Seventeen Days, this doesn�t happen, causing it to not grab the listeners attention so well.

The main attraction that I always loved about 3 Doors Down was the incredibly relatable lyrics Brad always wrote. It doesn�t ever stop with Seventeen Days. The song Landing in London (Feat. Bob Seger) will have buiseness men, or women who travel a lot, but have familys relate to lyrics such as, �I woke up in London as the plane was touching down. All I could think about was Monday when maybe I�d be back around. If this keeps me away much longer, I don�t know what I would do.� Then there is the traditional love song lyrics that find themselves more prominent on this album than ever before with 3 Doors Down. Most of the time it�s about struggling in a relationship more often than not, such as with It�s Not Me, but other times it can be about realizing the importance of a relationship, which comes along with album closer Here By Me. The speaker finally recognizes the fact that his love has always understood him when he thought she never could. This has always been why I�ve thought Brad was a good lyricist. He does write love songs, but there are always songs that are about another subject matter. Be Somebody goes on about a mother who worries about her sons future as all mothers do, but her son reassures her that he will be fine, and he will be somebody, and not someone else. These are about the most emotional the album gets, but lacks a certain depth to truly move the listener.

The only true rock track comes up right off the bat as the first track. Right Where I Belong is easily the best song on the album as it stands out, and with its placement as the first track, it will have the listener wondering why the rest of the album wasn�t as fantastic. It is indeed the best song, but is fairly short coming in a two-and-a-half-minutes. However, a very nice guitar solo coming from Matt Roberts more than makes up for that, along with very good lead guitar coming from him throughout the whole song. The first single Let Me Go can at first seem a bit too mushy for some, but after not hearing it for a long time, one can appreciate it for both its lyrical, and musical content. The closing song, Here By Me may not stick out to some, but if one pays close attenion, then they can recognize that Brad�s voice is the best for the album on every verse, and the string accompaniment goes perfectly with every part of the song. The use of guitar solos is welcome on some songs, but do seem a bit out of place at times. While, Brads lyrics are strong, they won�t grab you like they had the potential of doing on their past two albums.

There aren�t any truly bad songs on the record, it�s only that 3 Doors Down�s writing style has become even more repetitive than ever before; although their writing style has changed from The Better Life, and Away From The Sun. However, many songs can be appreciated for either musical or lyrical content, there just aren�t many songs that are overall excellent, or even close to. This is a good record, but is not as impressive as 3 Doors Downs two previous releases. Plus, it could take quite a while for the album to grow on the listener, perhaps too long. This is a good album, but just barely.

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Comments:Add a Comment 
Jawaharal
September 4th 2005



1832 Comments


Good review for a first. You overrated this album by 2.5 stars

Storm In A Teacup
September 4th 2005



12687 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks, I probably should've rated a couple of them lower looking back on it, but whats done is done. I see you rated Weezers new album Make Believe 1 star I completley agree. Any other comments are welcome.This Message Edited On 09.04.05

(>dragon~guitarist<)
September 5th 2005



243 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

horrible just horrible. Away From The Sun was a pretty good album, although all theyre songs were pretty depressing, it was still decent. This one, I dont know they got really really really really lazy.

SkodaATOM
September 13th 2005



69 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

What's with the Steven Tyler comment? Bob Seger has the sound that goes along with the rest of the album.....I don't think they were going for variation. They wanted to make a stereotypical album. Steven Tyler would have caused like a ripple in the album. Variation would be good, but that idea would have been crazy. I really like "Landing in London," not because the riffs are complex and the lyrics speak volumes. Sometimes simplicity is good, and this album is simple and good....well.....decent.

Two-Headed Boy
December 18th 2005



4527 Comments


i'm not touching this since i listened to Away From The Sun... ugh

sj_2150
December 18th 2005



251 Comments


isnt theyre record company wal-mart?

Storm In A Teacup
December 18th 2005



12687 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Republic/Universal

Edit: Wow, been a while since I read this as it's my first review. I'll need to edit it at some point.This Message Edited On 12.18.05

Two-Headed Boy
December 18th 2005



4527 Comments


lmfao Wal Mart?

SkodaATOM
December 19th 2005



69 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Wally World doesn't have a record company. This leads me to believe what I have thought all along.....sj_2150 = dumbass.

Storm In A Teacup
January 25th 2006



12687 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

:wave: Hello those who look at this comment. This review was re-written today by me, it is my first review I had ever done for Sputnikmusic. Please read it, and comment. Thanks.

DesolationRow
January 26th 2006



833 Comments


Good review, and doesn't it suck having to re-write crappy reviews? i did it for Physical Graffiti. *votes*

El_Goodo
April 8th 2006



1008 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I love 3 Doors Down, this is a solid album! My personal favourite is "Away From The Sun," but none the less I like this album. The songwriting as always is great, and catchy melodies are not in short supply. With a band like 3 Doors Down I can listen to there CD's once or twice, and never listen again for months. And I'll still remember every word in my head.

I really like the track Be Somebody the lyrics are great "Im just trying to be somebody, I'm not trying to be somebody else."

Gilly-Maloo
April 19th 2006



103 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Love this album, Landing in London is amazing.
Saw these guys in Wolverhampton, one of the greatest and best sounding gigs I've been too.

Acey
May 3rd 2006



2578 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i was a bit disappointed, but this is still one of my better albums that i have bought. away from the sun was a perfect album and this just didnt have the jist to get to that. BTW Landing in London and Behind Those Eyes are freaking amaizing tracks. Still a good cd though

masada
June 16th 2006



2733 Comments


Aww you rewrote it?

I wanted to see a bad review =(

Storm In A Teacup
June 24th 2006



12687 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Hahahaha. As usual you crack me up, Nick.

Carlordau
November 15th 2006



18 Comments


you gotta give them a little credit. i heard that the record label told them they only had three weeks to record Seventeen Days, due to a breakdown in communication or some bs like that.

JimmyPopAli
August 15th 2007



144 Comments


Meh, album's decent enough, though I probably won't buy the next one. Not that I was expecting excellent songwriting, but with the exception of a few songs, most album just screams "Wal-Mart" rock". 3 Doors Down and Puddle of Mudd both had good debuts, and both keeps slipping into the Nickleback-lite trap.

scarsremain
November 19th 2007



233 Comments


Doe?s Thi?s ge?t annoyin?g afte?r a whil?e

Altmer
November 19th 2007



5652 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

it used to be a bug before. they've fixed it now.



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