It’s been about three years since Three Days Grace last “graced” us with their debut album, an album which went on to spawn several hits such as “Just Like You” and “I Hate Everything About You.” Despite it’s cliches, it was still a solid album, and a worhty breakthrough. I always figured that on their next album, Three Days Grace would only get better — and I was right. “One-X” is their second full-length album, and improves on every aspect. From the musicianship to the songwriting and the production, everything here is much more professional, more thought-out and most importantly, just better.
“One-X” is the kind of album a busy band on the road comes up with on their second effort. You’ve heard it all before, about the lonely road, the faceless people, the alcohol/drug abuse. These bases are most definitely covered here. The lead-off single “Animal I Have Become” — a song about becoming the victim of your vices — is the shining example. Despite the dark nature of the album and particular songs like “Pain” and “It’s All Over,” the album has quite a few bright spots, which the first album was especially lacking. “Time Of Dying” proudly proclaims “I will not die, I will survive” and likewise, softer tracks like “Never Too Late” and “On My Own” reinforce this message. However, my favorite song on the album is the obligatory anthem, “Riot.” Built off of an old-school sounding metal riff, I could definitely see this song taking off as the next hit.
All in all, every song is a hit, really. I will definitely go as far as to say that this is better than the first album. “One-X” simply doesn’t disappoint. For the fans of the debut, there is plenty of material on here that holds up. For those hoping to see some growth, Three Days Grace surely grow. Without a single weak link, “One-X” is just a perfect second album.