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|3 Doors Down - Time of My Life Review|
|22-07-2011 09:34 | 0 comment(s)|
| Produced by Howard Benson (Daughtry, P.O.D.), 3 Doors Down do not change their sound on their fifth studio album so much as they amplify it. Benson cranks the guitars up a notch or two to give, front man, Brad Arnold's husky vocals a little more rock backing. The slight change works like a charm to make the Mississippi rockers sound better than ever.
Guitars flickering and shooting out of the speakers are the first thing you hear, pushing to a slippery chug of riffs behind the Benson's grounded vocals on "Time Of My Life". Benson's raw, raspy vocals and warm melodies of the songs remain, but bits like the slowed down metal kissed intro morphing into jittery punk verses on "Believer" offer plenty of surprises. The melodic heart-on-the-sleeve hook of "Every Time You Go" feels ripe for a much poppier treatment than it gets, with the gritty guitars roaring through.
Burly power ballad "Heaven" resists becoming sappy thanks to the up-front drive of the guitars and some decent songwriting, apologizing for ignoring his woman and family while out partying on the road. The strings of rock ballad "Back To Me" are held off in the distance, wisely buried in favor of snarling guitars. Even the few bits of generic rock filler, like steadily bopping "Race For The Sun" and itchy rocker "My Way", offer ear candy thanks to a generous helping of guitar.
3 Doors Down remain radio-friendly here, but that is far from a negative with the restless twisting guitar and heavier beat on "Round And Round", as the raggedly harmonized hook sticks with you. Benson's grubby vocals sound right at home in the rich guitar mix of "When You're Gone", while the slight southern drawl he gives "What's Left" making it sound as if a country song armed with a punch to the gut thanks to the swelled-up guitar in the hook. Consider the upgraded rock sound of 3 Doors Down's latest worth seeking out.
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