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Artist:

3 Doors Down

Album:

Seventeen Days [Limited Edition]

Year: 2005
Format: CD
Label: Universal
Genre: [American Rock]
Overall Rating: 8.0
Music: 7.5
Production: 8.5


Seventeen Days is 3DD's third studio album. They have sold over 12 million copies of their vision of big American rock. I think big part of 3DD's success is straightforward and melodic songs enhanced with Brad Arnold's dynamic and pleasant vocals, fortified by solid work from Matt Roberts (guitar), Todd Harrell (bass) and Chris Henderson (guitar). Daniel Adair played the drums for this album before he departed the band.

The album opens with rockin' song called "Right Where I Belong" and gives nice promises of the future. After few songs, including the radio hit "Let Me Go" (a clear case, with its catchy chorus) and "Landing in London" (one of the strongest songs with guest appearance by Bob Seeger) you're still thinking where's some upbeat songs like the album opener. The song called "Never Will I Break" starts the best parts of the album... there's 3 songs that have some bite and faster groove. Then the tension is once again released for the rest of the album. There are lots of good parts on this album, but somehow the songs are too even and polished, there's no changes in pace. After listening the album few times I find the two last songs of the album most appealing and they happen to be acoustic versions of older hits "Here Without You" and "Away From The Sun".

The production is once again proficient as you can expect from a band of this caliber. Big production without any big flaws. The mix is clear and quite warm. Still, some may find the guitar sounds too crunchy. They have some British-quality which is not common in American rock bands. The mastering has squeezed almost every decibel out of the mix so that the peak leds are constantly on red, but it has been done very professionally because it's inaudible and don't break overall sound image.

The biggest problem on this album is that it doesn't have any big problems, except maybe the pacing of the album could have been different. For sure this is a safe bet on the money for the fans of the band or style, but I think that 3DD have done better on the last albums.

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- TINK (February 26th, 2005)



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LINE-UP:
Arnold, Brad: Lead Vocals
Roberts, Matt: Guitar
Harrell, Todd: Bass
Henderson, Chris: Guitar
Adair, Daniel: Drums
Producer: K., Johnny
Mixing by: Wallace, Andy
Mastering by: Weinberg, Howie
TRACKLIST:
3 Doors Down - Seventeen Days [Limited Edition]  CD  Cover Image
01. Right Where I Belong
02. It's Not Me
03. Let Me Go
04. Be Somebody
05. Landing in London
06. The Real Life
07. Behind Those Eyes
08. Never Will I Break
09. Father's Son
10. Live for Today
11. My World
12. Here by Me
Bonus Tracks:
13. Here Without You (Acoustic Version)
14. Away from the Sun (Acoustic Version)

Length: 51:53
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