Those guys from Escatawpa, Mississippi are back at it again. If you aren’t a big fan of their music you might not know who I am writing about. The band is 3 Doors Down. The band that rocked a song about the only substance that can kill Superman with “Kryptonite”. The band who decided that the drummer Brad Arnold should be the lead singer in the band because no one else would. He has since come out from behind the drum kit and is the band’s front man. The band whose debut album in 2000 became the 11th best selling album in that year. The same band who in October of 2002 performed live on the flight deck of the USS George Washington as it made a port visit to Lisbon, Portugal. After that day lead singer Brad Arnold stated that he had never felt more insecure. He was just sure that at 22 years old he would be seen as a kid by those on the ship. Much to his surprise he found out that the average age of the sailors on the ship was 19. This same rock band who have broken the typical liberal rock band mold have always been supportive of the troops as they fight to defend our nation. But a little more about that later in the review.
The name of the new album from 3 Doors Down is “3 Doors Down“. It was released on May 20th, 2008. It was the second consecutive album to debut at number 1 on the Billboard 200. The new release sold more than 150,000 units in it’s first week. Even though it is their fifth studio album, it is the first to be self-titled. According to lead singer Brad Arnold the new album is a cross section of who they are so the title is very appropriate. The album begins with a funky rocker called “Train” that tells about leaving town on the rails. It is one of the few songs on the album with some of the familiar 3DD angst in it. This album is more upbeat than it’s predecessors. The next track is called “Citizen Soldier”. It is written and dedicated to the hard working National Guard in this country. The song and forth-coming video has also been adopted by the Guard to be used as a recruiting tool. My favorite verse in the amazing song is the last verse:
Hope and pray, that you never need me.
The rest assured I will not let you down.
I walk beside you, but you may not see me.
The strongest among you may not wear a crown.
The next track is “It’s Not My Time” and is the first single on the album. The song begins slowly with acoustic guitar and then bangs my head with the typically loud distorted guitars that I love so much with 3DD. The song is very catchy and much like some of their previous hits. The next song “Let Me Be Myself” is a thought provoking song about dealing with loss, pain, and tragedy and forgetting who you are. Sometimes we get so wrapped in conflict and having others depend on you that you lose track of who you really are or meant to be.
This album is definitely a pleasure to listen to as it has been at the forefront of my mp3 player since I downloaded it. I love the diverseness of it. I love the way it can stimulate thoughts of the past and in another moment rock yer face off. The album highlights include: “Citizen Soldier”, “It’s Not My Time”, “Let Me Be Myself”, “Pages” is about an author pouring out his heart in a book he is writing:
What happens to a man when he spills his heart on a page and he watches words float away then,
His feelings lie on a page alone.
Their waiting for someone who cares to read them,
To open there eyes to see them,
To see if they can make it his thoughts there own.
“It’s the Only One You Got” is a soul searching song that tries to teach the listener to live your life like it’s the only one you got. I can definitely tell you that God’s word tells you that you only have one life to live and after that life comes the Judgment. (Hebrews 9:27) Who did you trust your life with? There is one more song to mention since I have gotten a little long winded in this review. “Your Arms Feel Like Home” is a very touching song about discovering or re-discovering love in your life. I really like the chorus:
There’s a life inside of me that I can feel again
It’s the only thing that takes me where I’ve never been
I don’t care if I lost everything that I have known
It don’t matter where I lay my head tonight
your arms feel like home…
I think 3 Doors Down have created a great product with this new release. I agree that it is appropriate to self-title it. The only song I am not sure about is the uncharacteristically soft tone to “She Don’t Want the World”. It sounds too much like a Phil Collins song. But I will have to admit the song is growing on me. The album contains a nice array of compositions and you can tell these guys have grown musically and lyrically. I will be listening to it for quite some time this year. I give the album four and half stars out of five.
Please check out the great video for “Citizen Soldier”.