In store on July 19, the fifth studio album by 3 Doors Down, reserves no surprises. Designed for the Billboard, it probably will reach the Top Ten as all their four previous albums did. Up to date the band sold over 16 million albums worldwide.
Their debut album, “The Better Life”, in 2000 was the 11th-best-selling album of the year and was certified 6x platinum in the United States. Their second album, “Away from the Sun”, in 2002 continued the band’s success; it debuted at #8 on the Billboard 200 chart and went multi-platinum in the United States like its predecessor. The band followed it up by extensive touring for two years before releasing their third album, “Seventeen Days”, in 2005. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart and was certified platinum within its first month of release. Their fourth, self-titled album, “3 Doors Down”, also debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Some may say their selling is in decline lately, but we have to consider that the whole world economy is in a huge recessions.
On the other hand, all this so called post-grunge generation delivering mainly the same kind of cliches and pretty boring music record after record, but still they sell enough to staying on the top, so, I really don’t get it: what is wrong with this picture?
“When You’re Young”, the leading single, was released on January 10, 2011, and it’s just another ballad, one of the too many “wet” songs of the album. Actually, except the opening track, “Time of My Life”, “Race for the Sun”, “Every Time You Go”, “My Way” and probably the fastest track of the album, “Believer”, the rest is filled with lyrical/acoustical tunes, pretty forgettable ones. The title track have a quite ok opening riff and leading verse, the closing “Believer” have at least a little bit rocking energy, but in between is a gap filled with background “noise”. Actually, simple urban noise recordings would be much more exciting…