Just last month, on March 11, 3 Doors Down released their brand new album, Us And The Night! Us And The Night is the band's sixth studio album, and it did fairly well worldwide. It broke the top 50 in every country it charted in, with exceptions of the UK and Belgium. It reached number 60 in the UK and number 59 in Belgium. The highest chart rating actually came from Switzerland, where it hit number four! It also reached 14 here in the US and Austria, 15 in Canada, 34 in Australia, and 45 in the Netherlands.
So far, the only single from the album is "In The Dark", which honestly has a slightly different vibe than anything else we've ever heard from 3 Doors Down. Though you definitely still hear a hint of the classic 3 Doors Down song. We didn't know what to expect exactly, but its actually a slightly sexy song, all while warning a guy to stay away from a girl because she'll play him. It sets up an interesting vibe for the album, and given the fact that I've known about 3 Doors Down for the majority of my life,and nearly the entirety of their career, it definitely left me curious to hear more.
What I discovered is while sound wise, it shared a similar, refreshed, more upbeat vibe, it was the oddity of the album! A lot of this album was about strength. Finding your own strength, as well as encouraging others to find theirs!
This is quite possibly the best album 3 Doors Down has ever produced! As we said, its a bit more upbeat than their other albums, though its very clearly been a long time coming. Its got a lot of power and meaning in every song, while sounding very catchy all at once.
Three songs I loved in particular were "The Broken", "Still Alive" and Believe It." "The Broken" opens up the album, and speaks directly to anyone who has felt like they're outcasts and just put on the back burner. It encourages people to take what's theirs and its just beautiful. "This is the call to the broken, to all the ones who've been thrown away. This is a the call to the broken, stand up and take your world back."
"Still Alive" is all about the side you don't really see with people. Everyone is fighting some battle you don't know about, because we don't always bring it to the surface. Some are obviously more serious than others, and this expresses it very well. Life can be really challenging sometimes, but hey look at you -you're still alive.
Lastly there's "Believe It", which has a similar vibe to "Believe It" but more of a story. At one point it even speaks to what we assume is singer, Brad Arnold's past self by saying, "Hey there boy, look at where you are. That guitar will never take you far. And they said he'd die with only a dime, but his heart only beats to songs he longs to play. And his mouth only speaks the words he wants to say." People said you'd never make it, but you did it. I assume its a situation like that, where he's looking back and seeing how far he's come. Self reflection can be a great thing!
its also very encouraging with the chorus, "Cause everybody's got a right to change. I didn't say that I would. Sometimes you have to do your own fate, and I think that I should. Everybody's got a right to dream, I'm gonna be the one I wanted to be, yeah! You better believe it."
I'm very impressed! I didn't think I was going to be, if I was honest. I assumed I would like the album, but I actually think I like it a lot more than I expected to. Go get the new album, Us And The Night now on iTunes or wherever music is sold and be sure to check out 3 Doors Down's official website.
Over there you will find many tour dates, which include many festivals. They will be appearing at Welcome To Rockville, Fort Rock,Carolina Rebellion, Rocklahoma and Bands In The Backyard. Their own headlining tour also begins mid May, and we encourage you to take a look at all of the dates on the website and see if 3 Doors Down is coming near you!
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