REVIEW: 3 DOORS DOWN – “Us And The Night”
It has been quite a while since 3 Doors Down have come up with a new album. Being a band that made up the exciting years of my early teenage years, I was excited. And the band is back from the studio with its sixth offering: ‘Us and the Night’. I wasn’t sure what to expect but the undying love for rock kept me quite optimistic. The album does satisfy one’s rock cravings, especially if you love to sing along. ‘Us and the Night’ is just this.
The album features a good 11 songs, making it a challenge to abstain from being boring. It passes this test with flying colours! Going right in, “Believe It” starts the rock engine on the album. With the typical rock vibe, the song gets the album going. “In the Dark” gets temperatures soaring with its listeners, keeping alive in all of us our fantasies. A catchy chorus will get everyone on board singing in no time! “The Broken” keeps itself as a rock cliché with its tunes. This keeps it enjoyable and a special touch by the band, the song sounding fresh. The song has a strong positive vibe to it. A really cool song on the album is “Living in Your Hell”. It’s a rather simple number that so many of us could relate to. Nice lyrics and a cool tune make it an essential track for the rocker in us. The vocals are very distinct in the songs “I Don’t Want to Know”, “Inside of Me” and “Pieces of Me”. The singing on these songs makes up the highlight over just the instrumentation sections. And we finally come to the album’s title track “Us and the Night”. This number takes in the spirit of the entire album and captures the listener’s moods wonderfully. The work on the instruments in this are excellent and they complement the singing very well!
‘Us and the Night’ is a must have album for the rocker in all of us. It is a feel good album with a fine sense of balance in its music. Even in its simplicity, rock has always been amusing. With their newest album, 3 Doors Down stands to affirm this. The new approach to having a less ‘angry’ sound is certainly refreshing on the band’s part. The new songs has a hint of aggression in its music but feels much more comforting instead. Good production ensured that everything that is on the album is heard just fine. The high point of the album is the ‘feel good’ vibe that it offers. I guess such albums could be a necessity because they seem too add a lot more colour to life. There isn’t a single dull moment on the album. Although some of us might miss the old band sounds but that is a matter of perspective. Us and the Night is a good move by the band and will leave strong impression on its listeners.