3 Doors Down
Us and the Night


1.5
very poor

Review

by G.B. USER (159 Reviews)
March 13th, 2016 | 53 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A call for the broken, one that can't be fixed

There is no saving 3 Doors Down.

When the most interesting part about a band’s first new album of original material in over five years is the fact that the lead single is a cock-rock anthem, things are not looking good. 3 Doors Down have always been the ‘nice guys’ of mainstream rock, singing songs about being “here without you, baby” and giving “anything just to live one day in those shoes”. They were one of the safest bands of their time, always straying away from topics that could be potentially construed as offensive, so the fact that their comeback single revolves around the line “she likes to do it in the dark” is a move straight out of left field considering 3 Doors Down’s role amongst the rock stalwarts of the 2000s.

Aside from that, there’s nothing on Us and the Night that hasn’t already been heard on a prior album by these Mississippi men. The sleazy lyrics aren’t explored on any track aside from lead single “In the Dark”, and even in that song the only interesting thing about it is how uncharacteristic of them the subject matter is. It’s clear that 3 Doors Down have a formula that they use to write their songs, and while 2011’s Time of My Life was a new low in terms of unoriginality and laziness, Us and the Night is an extreme exercise in futility with no rewards whatsoever, even less so than records prior. At least they had tracks like “It’s Not My Time” or “Every Time You Go” that were somewhat enjoyable despite their stale nature.

The individual songs contained in Us and the Night blend together in one huge cesspool of blandness and mediocrity. At no point during the duration of this album is there any semblance of memorability or creativity; it’s the same music that 3 Doors Down have been lazily chugging along to for the last decade. While the band has replaced both their guitarist and their bassist, the new guys sound like they could have been taken from telephone pole ads and instructed to play the riff from some obscure song off of the self-titled, hoping no one would notice a difference. Lyrically, the same themes of heartbreak and perseverance pervade over anything new, although, did anyone expect anything different?

Along the way, 3 Doors Down dabble in trudging ballads (“Inside of Me”), slow acoustic burners (“Pieces of Me”), watered-down pop rock (“The Broken”) and the standard radio rock spiel (everything else). The melodies are flat-out boring, written without any attention to catchiness. Strong hooks made “Kryptonite” and “Be Like That” such great singles, but fifteen years later, their skills have deteriorated greatly, although that may not be a true statement. Perhaps they still have the skills – they just don’t care enough about actually putting them to use because they know the cash will flow their way without their giving an ounce of care into making the product good.

At this point, the continued career of 3 Doors Down is still a mystery. It’s clear that they have nothing new to offer, and they aren’t even selling that many units. At least with their older records there was some enjoyment to be derived from their staleness, but that ship has long sailed. Us and the Night is essentially Time of My Life and 3 Doors Down, re-packaged and given a shiny new title and artwork. In other words, it’s exactly what you’d expect 3 Doors Down to sound like in 2016.



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other reviews of this album
ParkersCannon (3.5)
3 Doors Down is 'still alive' in their fifth album in as many years since their last studio outing. ...

TristarRules2001 (3)
A solid performance, especially from a band who's been a punching bag for many years....


Comments:Add a Comment 
Friday13th
March 13th 2016


5860 Comments


Pos'd oh man, dreading listening to this.

Digging: Fleming and John - Delusions of Grandeur

Sinternet
March 13th 2016


14495 Comments


at least Kryptonite is still a jam

Digging: Circa Survive - The Amulet

Sinternet
March 13th 2016


14495 Comments


great review btw, pos'd

LotusFlower
March 13th 2016


12002 Comments


Do i even wanna listen to this for the giggle?

Sinternet
March 13th 2016


14495 Comments


the ratio of shits to giggles is approximately 11:0

elliootsmeuth
March 13th 2016


3296 Comments


Kryptonite will always be a jam for me

TristarRules2001
March 13th 2016


19 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Make sure you leave feedback on my review!

TristarRules2001
March 13th 2016


19 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review BTW

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
March 13th 2016


21823 Comments


smh repping your own review in another persons

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JigglyPDiddy
March 13th 2016


3194 Comments


Fuck this band. Green Baron*** being awesome with his awesome review. xoxo

Supercoolguy64
March 13th 2016


7986 Comments


are these the guys with that one song that goes "IL NEVER GIVE UP, ILL NEVER GIVE IN, I WILL FIGHT TILL THE ENNNNDDDDDDDD"

Green Baron
March 13th 2016


23854 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

nah that's Breaking Benjamin

Supercoolguy64
March 13th 2016


7986 Comments


they all sound the same so whatever lol

Green Baron
March 13th 2016


23854 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Thanks to whoever featured this!

Zanareth
March 13th 2016


296 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The Broken is a really fun song at least :3

ParkersCannon
March 13th 2016


77 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Decent album

Nomos
March 13th 2016


1429 Comments


Not sure what I expected

Green Baron
March 13th 2016


23854 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Well, it's not like you should have expected anything different than the 3DD of old. I don't see what makes this any better than prior albums.

BlacKapes
March 13th 2016


1832 Comments


i like that industrial black metal sound theyve adopted recently

RogueNine
March 14th 2016


3295 Comments


Couldn't believe that In The Dark was 3DD when I heard it.



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