3 DOORS DOWN – US AND THE NIGHT (2016)
Release Date: 11th March 2016
℗ 2015 Republic Records
- The Broken
- In The Dark
- Still Alive
- Believe It
- Living In Your Hell
- Inside Of Me
- I Don’t Wanna Know
- Pieces Of Me
- Love Is A Lie
- Us And The Night
- Fell From The Moon
Our Magnolia State maestros have created an album with all the stately beauty of their home state namesake. There is truly a tremendous elegance to this album and the content therein, both musically and lyrically, so leave preconceptions and expectations at the door.
With the better part of five years elapsing since their last release Time of My Life, it’s abundantly clear that the group have not squandered a second. This album is surely the result of much reflection and self-examination, resulting in a tremendously honest and passionate production, personifying all the heights, depths and anthropological chiasma one could wish for.
The tremendous skill of the group is immediately, and abundantly evident in The Broken, but with a majestic homogenisation of grooves and styles. Not merely a catchy track, more a tremendously masterful opener destined to capture the listener from the outset.
In The Dark brings about an overwhelming feeling of satisfaction, nay vindication for the avid fan, because this is truly something diverse for 3 Doors Down. It carries all the hallmarks of a truly great track, but embossed throughout with the unique 3 Doors Down style. All with a fresh groove, that slightly husky vocal delivery and riff brilliance. For want of a more descriptive term, a very sexy track indeed. The bass lines ooze forth in a deep, enticing and seductive groove indeed, while the guitar elements enhance the overall quality.
The upbeat bass drum ‘thump in’, along with the modestly malevolent guitars, bring about Still Alive in superb style. Before long we are treated to the tremendous force of 3 Doors Down, albeit kept on a metaphorical leash. Ostensibly this track is nestled into the listing as merely part of the proceedings, but as the hooks take seat to your aural delight, you realise how you would feel if hearing this track the first time on a radio playlist. A killer track (no pun intended) sure to be a popular favourite. The same can be said for Believe It, but with a tremendously uplifting quality, as can be presumed from the title. However you don’t thoroughly appreciate how splendidly 3 Doors Down have nailed the sentiment until the finale. Chills. At 2 minutes into the track, we pause as if gathering additional energy to burst forth with something special, and at 2.20 we are not disappointed. We are launched, hurtling skyward in up note refrain, making this monumental behemoth of inspiration a sure hit. Absolutely astonishing.
Living In Your Hell is exactly as you expect from the title, but beautifully written and executed. A real treat with more hooks than your local angling club.
Tracks Like Inside Of Me and I Don’t Wanna Know are demonstrative of how much exploration and reflection has taken place for the band. They leave you considering exactly how much work and refinement has gone into this brilliant collection.
Pieces Of Me is a masterwork of exploration and sheer excellence. An odd accompaniment for me personally on first listen, was my feelings of discomfort because I couldn’t help but squirm in anticipation of that signature 3 Doors Down eruption from the soft delivery. I considered the impact and appeal of this track if it remained on the same heading, and true to the opening. My discomfort was short lived as the eruption never arrived. Quite naturally, I was compelled to repeat the song immediately, relax back and just enjoy its superb excellence.
Love Is A Lie follows up brilliantly with the pronounced guitar dominance, and brilliant drum precision in ebb and flow. The instrumental and separate vocal bridging, are absolutely fantastic.
Us And The Night. Really? Guys. What the hell? Such a sensationally structured track overflowing with musical appeal, certain to excite every music lover on the planet, albeit for a multiplicity of reasons. Every element of this track is magnificently attractive, culminating in an overall journey of thrilling excitement. Let’s enjoy the ride? What an understatement.
Finally we have the soft piano opening of Doors Down as Brad serenades us with a soulful reflection. Whether that poignant consideration be personal or in character, is inherently irrelevant at this stage of proceedings because the delivery exquisitely passionate in either case. It’s a fitting and tremendous finale to a superb work.
Musically, vocally, lyrically, and dare I add philosophically, this collection from 3 Doors Down is utterly astounding. Occasionally over time, we encounter a recording that can best be described as a gift of tremendous musical achievement. US AND THE NIGHT is one of those occasions. Every track a hit, and each a perfect anthem for sentiments encountered by the human condition. Absolutely sensational delivery and exceptional production. Bravura 3 Doors Down and Matt Wallace.