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Album Review

The stronger songwriting on 3 Doors Down's multi-platinum sophomore effort, Away from the Sun, was encouraging, especially after the rote post-grunge of their 2000 breakthrough, "Kryptonite." But the hit single "When I'm Gone" resonated in particular with American military personnel and their families, who identified with lyrics like "Hold me when I'm here" and "Love me when I'm gone" as deployment to Iraq became imminent in spring 2003. That populism guides Seventeen Days, the Mississippi band's third full-length album. Its liner notes connect to a cross-section of U.S. culture, thanking NFL quarterbacks and major league ballplayers alongside Tim McGraw, Metallica, Dale Earnhart, Jr., and "our troops everywhere." And Away from the Sun's Southern rock flourishes have been broadened to create an album that's purely American, built from meaty power chords and everyman lyrics that search for redemption in plain-faced terms. It's no surprise that Bob Seger, heartland crier from another era, guests on "Landing in London." It's not the weary traveler's anthem Seger's "Turn the Page" is — "London"'s keening strings can't replace the pain and longing of Alto Reed's saxophone wail. But 3 Doors Down try their best, and Seger's rough tenor riding shotgun makes the song more memorable. "When I'm Gone"'s template repeats throughout "Seventeen Days." Lead single "Let Me Go" has the usual quieter verses building to a strong chorus, with easily identifiable lyrics like "You love me/But you don't know who I am." "Be Somebody" and "Real Life" use similar pieces, aligning thick distortion choruses next to brooding verses and lyrics about finding one's own road. The harder-charging guitars of "Never Will I Break" and "Right Where I Belong" reference Alice in Chains' legacy, "Father's Son" is a morality tale with more quiet/loud dynamics, and "My World" amplifies Southern rock capably. 3 Doors Down have hit on a formula that works very well for them. It's a great framework for Brad Arnold's earnest lyrics, and the heavy bass and rousing guitar melodies ensure plenty of radio play. It's not unique, and the songs tend to run together. But they're heartfelt, and easily fill the average American's rock & roll quota. [This version of the album contains bonus material.]

Customer Reviews

Very Good!

This is probably the softer of the 3 albums relased by 3 Doors Down. It is very melodic and slightly rock/pop in some cases,it is also missing some of the crunch seen on the first and second albums. It is though, a very enjoyable album with alot of good and beautiful songs. Not a sensational album, but a very good one.

Not their best, but still great.

Dont get me wrong, this album is really good, but youll find yourself seeking out songs and skipping quite a few of the others. Its fairly melodic, but is also too heavy in some places for some people (me being one of them). Some great songs are Let Me Go, The Real Life, Behind Those Eyes, Father's Son and the acoustic versions at the end are amazing. Like i said, its a great album, but if you want to get introduced to 3 Doors Down, go and get 'Away From The Sun' and then 'The Better Life' albums first, in that order. If you find yourself liking them, then get this album.


Great album , maybe best one they've done.... so many great songs.... like, going down in flames :D:D Deffinately worth the buy!!!! *Notices casserole is ready* Got to go... Cya!


Formed: 1994 in Escatawpa, MS

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Hailing from the small town of Escatawpa, Mississippi, 3 Doors Down hit their peak in the early 2000s with a string of post-grunge singles, most notably "Kryptonite," "When I'm Gone," and the ballad "Here Without You." "Kryptonite," with its minor-key shuffle and references to Superman, was the catalyst for the band's career, generating an unprecedented buzz at a local radio station -- Biloxi's WCPR -- during the band's independent days. Such support helped make 3 Doors Down a regional favorite,...
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