Sound — 8
After three years since their last studio effort "Away From The Sun," Mississippi rock band 3 Doors Down has released their third full-length album entitled "Seventeen Days" ...and it made its debute at #1 on Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart right away. On the one hand it seems that this album is slighly overrated. Both critics and fans have been waiting anything that would outshine their multi-platinum sophomore release, hence its platinum status in first week. Obviously, "Seventeen Days" didn't go that far though -- it's an ok album from damn good american rock band. From the other hand -- 3 Doors Down still keep close to their post-grunge/alternative metal roots, and this album is convincing proof of above statement. One of the best parts of "Seventeen Days" is the fact that it's not oversaturated with tunes of the same type, as it might seems during the first listening to it, though it's performed in one key. Surely, most songs have a typical for that genre structure and tone -- slightly sluggishness and depressive -- but some tracks might be picked out. For example, the opening "Right Here I Belong" features pure hard rock composing with growling and cutting guitars and crushing rhythms. The ballad "Landing In Lonon" -- which has been made in collaboration with legendary Bob Seger -- features symphonic regularity and serenity, amazing arangement and light meditative guitar solo. Symphonic/acoustic song "Here By Me" is another outstanding track and a decent final for the album. All in all, "Seventeen Days" proves to be rather good album.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrical side of this album is very well prepared. All the lyrics are thought-out but not intricate. Mostly they are easily identifiable, such as on the track "Let Me Go" -- "You love me/But you don't know who I am/So let me go" -- you always know what's it all about. The great thing about "Seventeen Days" is the fact that its lyrics don't charge you with low spirits, every song perceives with a good share of positive feelings. Although they narrate you about human relationships and life troubles, they are not obscure at all. In general, lyrics and arrangements constitute a solid substance here. Brad Arnolds's singing job is impressive as well -- his voice sounds perfect on acoustic tracks same good as on the tracks with distorted guitars.
Overall Impression — 8
Honestly, "Seventeen Days" can hardly made an impression on a regular listener who hasn't been carried away with 3 Doors Down's music before (at least that what I thought when heard first single off the album). But for the venerators of their music this should be a worthy bargain. There are no standout tracks -- all of them tend to run well together. All the musicians performed their duties perfectly. 3 Doors Down's "Seventeen Days" is a very solid album in every aspect that shows how real rock stuff should sound these days. Go buy it now!