Three Days Grace released their fifth studio album, Human on March 31, 2015. This was the first one to be released with Matt Walst as the band's frontman, and raised a lot of mixed reviews because of that.
Chart wise, however, it did rather fantastic. It broke the top ten on four different US charts, along with a Canadian one. It hit number one on the US Top Hard Rock Albums charts, number three on the Top Alternative Albums and the Top Hard Rock albums. It also made it into the charts for Australia, Germany, and New Zealand.
Now this review was a slightly difficult one to write, because if I'm quite honest -I had avoided listening to the album. If you've followed my work for a while, chances are you know Three Days Grace always has been a very important staple in my life. When Matt joined, I wasn't overly thrilled. Matt is a very good singer, and I liked him in My Darkest Days, but I didn't care for him in Three Days Grace. That being said, since this album is his work, not Adam's, I wondered if maybe it would be better.
I'm going to be brutally honest and tell you all of my thoughts. Some of it is very good, because I was actually very pleasantly surprised with this album. Some of it though, is quite bad because I found some of it to be slightly....generic. The good did outweigh the bad though, I will start with that.
First of all, I actually genuinely enjoyed several of the songs. Songs like "Landmine", "Fallen Angel", "Real You", "Tell Me Why" and "So What", all for different reasons.
"Landmine" is the perfect song to pump yourself up, or to be played live to get a crowd excited. It doesn't really have a ton of meaning, but the catchy beat makes it fun and that was what I really liked about it.
"So What" had a similar catchy vibe, but actually had a meaning that I honestly loved. Its all about being yourself, and not caring what people think. "You can say say that I'm going insane, and that I'm not quite right. And that I'm to blame. You can say I'm sick on the inside, but you don't know I like it that way. You can say whatever you like, if its so wrong I don't wanna be right." I'm all for being yourself, and admittedly, the way he worded that was fantastic.
Now I could go into detail on the reasons why I enjoy all the songs I already mentioned, but I still have one other I would like to bring up that I had extremely mixed feelings about. That song is "The End is Not The Answer." While I fully appreciated the sentiment and the offer of strength that is provided in the song, it simply rubbed me wrong for a couple reasons. The song is an anti-suicide song, which is fantastic, don't get me wrong. Music is supposed to provide comfort and strength here and there, and this song is up that alley, so that genuinely is appreciated.
However, I am going to be very blunt here about my immediate reaction. My very first reaction was, "This is the crappy version of Never Too Late." The meaning spoke for itself, but I felt like the lyrics didn't exactly flow very well. There were a few other disheartening thoughts that flowed through my head about this song, leaving a bitter taste about it, but at the risk of being fully unprofessional, I will keep those to myself.
Overall though, I was very happily surprised with this album. As I said before, I was not eager to listen to it at all, so coming out with it with mostly positive things to say is rather refreshing. Please let me know what your thoughts on the album are, and after you do so please be sure to check out Three Days Grace's official website.
Three Days Grace will very soon be taking part in several of the big festivals all around the Us. Those festivals include Fort Rock. Followed by that is Welcome To Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, Park Live, Extreme Mudfest and Rocklahoma. Further information can be found on Three Days Grace website, or the festival websites.
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