Release Date: Mar 11, 2016
Record label: Republic
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal, Post-Grunge
Grunge-pop giants’ hook-packed sixth. Brad Arnold’s arena-hopping quintet may now have only one original member and rarely hover far above Nickelback territory in the post-grunge credibility league, but with 20 million sales they’re surely crying all the way to the bank..
Last time we saw 3 Doors Down it was in 2011, when the post-alt quintet started to take stock of the onset of middle age on the monotone Time of My Life. Looking straight into the abyss caused the band to fracture, with the group losing founding member guitarist Matt Roberts and longtime bassist Todd Harrell, leaving vocalist Brad Arnold firmly at the helm. Arnold retained drummer Greg Upchurch, kicked Chris Henderson up to lead guitar, added new guitarist Chet Roberts and bassist Justin Biltonen, then hired renowned heavy rock producer Matt Wallace to make 2016's Us and the Night.
We all have favorite bands from our tween years — many of us before the word tween even existed — that we never kept up with. We all have even more bands that we have vaguely warm memories of from that era, bands that we remember enjoying on the radio or on TRL. 3 Doors Down falls more in the latter category; I remember hearing “Kryptonite” a few dozen times on Q101, buying The Better Life at Best Buy, spinning it obsessively, and then looking around hungrily for the next early ’00s post-grunge jam.