One-X is quite possibly the most legendary album Three Days Grace has ever released. It was their second album, and it was released on June 13, 2006. It has gone three times platinum in the US, and has very deep lyrics through out the album.
Several of the songs, such as "Pain", "Animal I Have Become" and "Gone Forever" were written while former singer Adam Gontier was in rehab battling an addiction to prescription drugs.
Now this album has lent a hand in helping millions through some of life's crap, and I am no exception there. Fun fact -and if you've been around Immortal Music for a while, you probably already know this- Three Days Grace played a massive role in making me absolutely fall in love with music. I go so far back with this album, I'm shocked I didn't already review it, but somehow I didn't, so now here we are with what will probably be a very long review.
Over the years, I've had many favorites from this album. I think my first favorite was "Let It Die", and if I'm perfectly honest -I have no idea why. I think it my fourteen year old self trying to pretend I didn't care about people, when I knew damn good and well I cared too much. I still love the song, but "I swear I never meant to let it die -I just don't care about you anymore." Doesn't quite speak to me like it once did.
If you asked me what my favorites are now from this album, there's still going to be a mix of answers. However, I'd have to say the title track, "One-X" is way up there for me. So is "Never Too Late."
"Never Too Late" feels a bit obvious because its absolutely beautiful and eveyone can see that. Adam originally co-wrote this with his now ex-wife when they both were going through a tough time. It offers strength when anyone may need it and does so in a beatuiful way. When you're at your lowest, this song can be there for you. "Even if I say it'll be alright, still I hear you say you want to end your life. Now and again we try to just stay alive. Maybe we'll turn it around, 'cause its not too late -its never too late."
As for "One-X", that one is a bit harder to explain why it speaks to me, and it didn't for many years. This is one I've grown into, as life experiences got to you. It says a lot of the same things you think when things get you down. "Do you think about everything you've been through? You never thought you'd be so depressed. Are you sick of wondering is it life or death? Do you think that there's no one like you?" Not only does it ask questions like its personally speaking to you, but it reminds you you're not alone, and you can get back up and face the world, even when you don't think you can. "We are the ones, we get back up and stand above the crowd -we are one." Its a bit of a simple song, but I've come to notice some of the most simple ones are the most powerful.
One last one I really wish to highlight is "Gone Forever", because this one has always amazed me. It sounds like a break up song, with a bit of a positive twist. Instead of being sad and wanting to go back to how it was, its a happy thing. Its expressing how much better you feel without them in your life. Here's the thing -this is not a break up song. Its actually about Adam's drug addiction, and how much better he feels without it constantly hanging over his head. He wrote this, along with "Pain" and "Animal I Have Become" while in rehab, and I will always find it fasinating how he personified the addiction. For a handful of years, I did think it was about a person, and then I learned otherwise and found it to be admirable.
The entire albun is amazing, and frankly, I could break down every song and talk to it one by one, but I won't. If you somehow have not listened to this album, I highly recommend you do so. This album will forever be one of my all time favorite albums, and I would love to hear what your favorite albums are as well. As well as what you think of this one.
Meanwhile, a lot has changed with Three Days Grace since the release of this album. They've released three more albums, two of which we have reviews for already up on the website. If you'd like to read them please click here for Life Starts Now and click here for Transit Of Venus. Stay tuned because we will be doing a review of their latest album, Human Race very soon.
Also be sure to head on over to Three Days Grace's official website to see all they are up to currently. You can catch them at several big festivals coming up in 2017 starting with Fort Rock. Followed by that is Welcome To Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, Park Live and the Extreme Mudfest. Further information can be found on Three Days Grace website, or the festival websites.
All reviews have the date they were written, the album title, and the band's name, with the exception of Life Starts Now by Three Days Grace and Dear Agony by Breaking Benjamin. Those dates were guessed at, as they were written well before the website began.