Sound — 10
Sound on Away From The Sun is most definitely rock, rock and more rock. A lot of the songs make use of the minor key, but there some up-and-away majors sa well. Scraps of metal and southern rock and pentatonic scales all make an appearance. Guitar-wise, the tones have also improved. Clean tones are sparkling and flowing to create spacy, melodic parts. Distortion is smooth, and with less mids than on The Better Life.
Lyrics — 10
Lyrics are very well crafted - 3 Doors Down way. Brad Arnold has a fantastic voice and great songwriting abilities that complement the music well. Arnold's lyrics have a very emotional quality to them, evident on "Here Without You" - a song about being away from loved ones while on tour, as well as on other songs.
Overall Impression — 10
The talent of 3 Doors Down is undeniable - and this record is the evidence. It is one direct step up above their debut, The Better Life (which was also brilliant) in every respect. The most impressive songs are the debut single, When I'm Gone, Here Without You, and track 12, which is a hidden track. The latter is a haunting, evil-sounding song that's guaranteed to send shivers down your spine. Very fine effort and I don't see any downfalls that are significant. There are minor flaws, but they are negligible, and a bonus DVD is also a nice touch. Here's my advice: right after you finished reading this review, shut down your computer, smash your piggy bank, and go and buy it. If it's stonlen, then go and buy it again, put it in your CD player, and play until the Hell freezes over. Brilliant.