3 Doors Down
Time of My Life


1.0
awful

Review

by SowingSeason STAFF
July 15th, 2011 | 135 replies | 25,689 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: With their fifth LP, 3 Doors Down prove that they have nothing left to offer.

Since 2005, the career of 3 Doors Down has been one gigantic freefall. Seventeen Days was an exercise in repetition, and it was viewed as a significant step back from the band’s excellent one-two punch of opening releases – The Better Life and Away From The Sun. Then came their self-titled fourth LP. Not only was it every bit as structurally and creatively challenged as its predecessor, but it also failed to keep listeners interested on just about any front. The lyrics were incredibly tacky, the instrumental backing induced yawn after yawn, and as a whole it just seemed that nobody in the band felt that the material was worth putting any effort into. With hopes that 3 Doors Down had learned the error of their ways, we now observe their latest release over three years later. But before you waste your time – or even worse, your money – let me be the first to tell you that 3 Doors Down has quite simply thrown in the towel.

The first sign that things have gone incredibly awry comes a mere minute and a half into the opening/title track. The vocals in the chorus are way overdubbed, to the point where upon first listen, I almost thought it was autotune. The rest of the song feels like a race to get back to the chorus, which is a shame because the guitar riffs are actually pretty decent. For as mediocre as ‘Time of My Life’ sounds, it is still the highlight on an album that otherwise encapsulates everything wrong with the post-2005 3 Doors Down. Much like they did in their mind-numbingly lethargic self-titled album, the band automatically feeds their desire to jump into a power ballad after any song that exerts a little energy. That is why ‘Time of My Life’ is followed by ‘When You’re Young’, a track that – for a lack of better words – sounds like any other slow song that this band has ever made. And guess what? It is the first single to be released from the new album, too! Surely, the lighters will come out at concerts near and afar when thirty-two year old singer Brad Arnold opens the song with little drops of tween poetry, “So far away from knowing where I am going, I am trying hard to find out who I am.” That’s some moving stuff. It’s just a shame that the majority of the fan base that follows 3 Doors Down isn’t thirteen anymore. ‘Heaven’, ‘Back to Me’, ‘Everytime You Go’, ‘What’s Left’, and ‘The Silence Remains’ all follow the same slow to mid-tempo formula that we have come to expect from 3 Doors Down, thus proving that they have learned nothing from the blandness of their prior two releases. Worse yet, roughly three of those five tracks have identical sounding choruses, making for an even plainer experience…they have achieved ultimate blandness. One could guess the slower tracks based on the title alone. Take ‘She Is Love’ for example, which is a less catchy rendition of ‘When You’re Young.’ Everything about this album can be guessed before you hear it, from the lyrics to the chord progressions to the drumming patterns and rhythms; there is just nothing even remotely new going on; and sadly, that was probably the most predictable thing of all heading into this release.

In the end, the main issues with Time of My Life can all be chalked up to the exact same problem that has now spoiled over half of their discography: 3 Doors Down is lazy. There is no other possible excuse for releasing the same album three times in a row, especially when the quality of that music plummets with each consecutive release. They have had opportunity after opportunity to either reinvent themselves or return to their former glory, and not only have they failed at accomplishing either one, but there is also little evidence to support the theory that they ever even tried. These are musicians who have given up on themselves, and it won’t be long before their fan base follow suit.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
July 15th 2011



15556 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

Not really worth unlocking the tracks, but here is the stream:

http://splash.3doorsdown.com/



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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
July 15th 2011



31047 Comments


How literal do you want me to take that summary?

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Witness
July 15th 2011



212 Comments


OH EM GEE! Best band EVARRR!

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
July 15th 2011



23800 Comments


their first album reminds me of my dad so hard

this is a good review, I'm not surprised the album is bad

ShadowRemains
July 15th 2011



20456 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

fuck this sounds bad

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
July 15th 2011



6986 Comments


Bluntest summary i have ever seen! Have pos sir!

Dismantle
July 15th 2011



398 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

why is this band still making music lol

trymedude
July 15th 2011



151 Comments


LOL rating chart/summary

Witness
July 15th 2011



212 Comments


Someone give it a 4.5 for a sec, quick!

trymedude
July 15th 2011



151 Comments


BWAHAHAHAHA

PorkchopExpress
July 15th 2011



387 Comments


Man, I forgot how much I hate these guys.

shrapnel
July 15th 2011



735 Comments


not sure if that's an awesome summary or a horrible one
I'm thinking horrible

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
July 15th 2011



6986 Comments


not sure if that's an awesome summary or a horrible one
I'm thinking horrible


It's awesome, sums things up nicely.



ShadowRemains
July 15th 2011



20456 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

not sure if that's an awesome summary or a horrible one
I'm thinking horrible



no its short and to the point, which is what you want in a shorter summary

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
July 15th 2011



15556 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

I don't know what to think of the review

I wrote it up a while ago, and I meant to add to it before I posted...but I saw the stream, listened one last time, and decided it wasn't worth the effort and slapped that summary on it (which obv. should be taken lightly, unless you are Deviant. He is the only one who should take that literally)

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
July 15th 2011



6986 Comments


To-The-Point.

ShadowRemains
July 15th 2011



20456 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

you wish taylor swift would take it literally

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
July 15th 2011



6986 Comments


What's with the rating chart?

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
July 15th 2011



15556 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

ok her too...and pam...and about a couple hundred other celebrity/real life girls. but mostly not anyone on sputnik.

shrapnel
July 15th 2011



735 Comments


but mostly not anyone on sputnik.

except Deviant right?



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