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  • From the unrestrained passion and angst singer Adam Gountier wraps around every syllable on “Life Starts Now,” the first record from Three Days Grace in over three years, it’s clear the band’s time away from the spotlight was put to good use.

    The album doesn’t go as nail-bitingly deep as some of their past work but still has its share of above average songs. The tracks are sequenced excellently, unraveling in clipped, fast-moving fashion.

    Lead single “Break,” which crashed into the Hot 100 at no. 91 and is receiving regular rotation on rock stations, is actually one of the non-highlights with its subpar lyrics, at least in comparison to the better tracks like thoroughly awesome opener “Bitter Taste,” which rocks, sways and affects deeply. Gountier sounds righteous and absolutely compelling as he sings the words of contempt (“Your name, your face is all you have left now. Betrayed, disgraced, you’ve been erased.”) and cleansing (“I have escaped the bitter taste of you.”)

    “Lost in You” could rack up some major radio play if it becomes a single, and while its song structure and lyrics are a little trite and predictable they come off as genuine. The same goes for “Someone Who Cares” and “Without You,” which are supported by some of the best playing on the album. The results are smooth and precise but still compelling.

    “World So Cold” is memorable with its particularly impressive chorus and Neil Sanderson’s spot-on drumming, and the terrific “No More” also haunts with an awesome riffs that mark the beginning of the song, even if the song longs for a more restrained, quiet vocal performance than Gountier delivers. “Last to Know” is everything a late-2000s alt-rock ballad ought to be with plaintive, hearttugging, hurt, angry vocals and another melody that immediately grabs. It begs for attention and is designed to hit the listener in all the right places.

    The album begins to fizzle down in quality toward the end, with fewer tracks calling attention to themselves, but “Life Goes On” definitely has some solid moments that show Three Days Grace in fine form.

    Posted on November 15, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Three Days’ Grace (aka 3DG) released their sophomore effort (“One-X”) in 2006, 3 years off the heels of their debut self-titled work. “One-X” was hailed as a major (and well-liked) change in 3DG’s sound as compared to the self-titled album of 2003, but “Life Starts Now”, 3 years after One-X, is THE major change in sound for 3DG. Comparably, One-X and the self-titled may well have been the same album.

    Don’t get me wrong here, I love the sound of the new album. It definitely “doesn’t sound like 3DG”, but it still sounds pretty darn good. Although less unique than the previous two albums, the angry lyrical content still stays the same despite the change in style towards a more generic heavy metal and alternative rock style as opposed to 3DG’s archetypal loud verses of One-X and somewhat “herky-jerky” style of all their previous work.

    As for the songs, there are a few tracks I found that really stood out and helped make “Life Starts Now” a stellar album. I don’t care much for the overrated single “Break” (5/10 at best), but the following track, “World So Cold”, is an epitome of what heavy metal (3DG style or otherwise) should be. I’d give it at least 9/10. The swinging, almost hard rock style “The Good Life” (6/10), in a ways a sequel to One-X’s “Riot”, isn’t terribly melodic but serves well as Riot’s sequel and has distinct sound from the rest of the album (and the rest of 3DG, for that matter).

    And don’t ignore the building sequences and chords of “No More” (7/10). I could almost hear which notes were coming up ahead, having known 3DG’s typical melodies from before (despite the fact that this song, like the others, sounded overall unlikely to the old 3DG). The lyrics are also to not be missed, I really associated well with them personally. “Last To Know” (6/10), for the most part a softer ballad, slightly resembles One-X’s “Over And Over” in sound. “Bully” (6/10) is an extremely rough song, both in lyrics and melody, but I figured out the title to it within 2 seconds of the intro to the track, and by the end of the 10 second intro, I figured out who the bully in question was. See [or listen] for yourself to find out who the Bully was!

    “Goin’ Down” (7/10) again trends towards this hard rock-style trend (think The Exies or Papa Roach). Although somewhat generic for the hard rock genre, it’s still good.

    Lastly, here’s an unexpected great similarity to One-X… Life Starts Now’s final track is also its title track, and moves from the anger and hopelessness of the rest of the album into optimism and possibility, much like One-X’s own final and title track.

    Overall, if you like 3DG, you’ll probably like this album. Namely as if you like 3DG, you probably like similar but not quite the same bands, and you’ll still enjoy the sound of this CD!!

    Posted on November 14, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Not as dark as their last album but it is still a good cd. The same style of sound that you enjoy and the great vocals. If you are a fan of three days grace you will enjoy the cd. It is softer than what you are used to but it’s something different for 3DG fans to chew on.

    Posted on November 14, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Its been 3 years since the last album, and this new one has not left me disappointed. I can honestly say that there is not one song that I dislike. Sure, there are some that I like more than others (that’s natural), but unlike other albums by other artists, where I skip through the songs I don’t care for, I have listened to this one straight through at least twice a day since it came out last week. I believe any Three Days Grace fan will feel the same, feeling that the long wait since One X was well worth it.

    Posted on November 14, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • It’s been 6 years since the release of their Platinum selling Self Titled debut, and these guys are still going strong. Around the time of their second release “One X”, everyone wondered if these guys could actually top their first album.. and we all know the result of that.. yet another Platinum selling album, followed by a live dvd, which was also great. Come 2009, we have their third release “Life Starts Now” an album I thought, would be almost impossible, after an album like “One X”! Surprisingly, I’d say, this album isn’t up par with “One X”, But different altogether. More solos can be heard this time around.. different, but good! The first single “Break” starts off with “Billy Jean” like beats, but then it literally breaks into signature 3DG riffing.. amazing bass work in this song. I saw the video the other day, its way too polished with all the good boy hair do’s, & a funny concept.. all paint flying around.. but i couldn’t stop laughing when I saw Barry Stock in a Pink suit.. anyways, back to the album review.. this is a more mellow album, if compared to the last two albums.. but in no way short of quality ~ “World So Cold” is like a testament to 3DG’s past efforts, its pure 3DG style rock from start to finish! “The Good Life” is like this albums “Riot”. Album highlights would be the tracks “No More” (its got one of those choruses that just stick in your head) & “Last To Know” (good piano work building up to a strong climax) The rest of the album is just as good, like I said, not on the same pace as the last 2 albums, comparatively more mellow.. but on its own its a great 3rd effort! Right now the song “Without You” seems to be stuck in my head, I just love the way it starts and the solo towards the end. All in all a great album from a great band who never fail to surprise! Nowadays it so easy to get complete discographies from those torrent sites.. even new albums way before their release date!! Nothing can be done about it though.. piracy IMO cant be stopped! But what we could do, as true fans, is buy the mp3’s or even the cd’s, to credit bands like 3DG for what they are worth. I said it in another review, & I’ll say it again, It’s bands like 3DG that are actually worth paying the amount for! Cheers to 3DG for making yet another KicK@$$ album. Buy it, you will not be disappointed ;o)

    Posted on November 14, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now