Three Days Grace took their sweet time compiling a blistering sophomore effort, an album that not only meets the standards set by their debut but surpasses them and delivers a solid album than truly proves the weight of a band that has grown musically and lyrically. `One X’ is an extremely strong album, one that should keep their fans happy for quite some time.
Starting things off with the in-your-face track `It’s All Over’, Three Days Grace doesn’t waste anytime getting to the brute force that made `I Hate Everything About You’ such a blockbuster success. The second track, `Pain’, has a very different feel to it, and it took me a while to get into it but the diluted sound to the verses is actually really cool. The first single off the album, `Animal I Have Become’, follows in the same vein and delivers a brilliant rock track, and it’s probably an even better single than `I Hate Everything About You’, it’s catchy, it’s strong and it’s relatable…a true anthem for the youth of today. Another blistering track is `Riot’ which makes me just want to scream along “Let’s start a riot!” every time I hear this song. The closing track `One X’ is one of those tracks that tries to be inspirational with the chanting “we stand above the crowd” and it actually pulls it off quite well. A great way to close out the album.
But heavy anthems and blistering guitar work is not all this band has to offer. Some of the best tracks on this album are stripped down and simpler than that. `Never Too Late’ is the first track on the album that capitalizes on the finger picking acoustic sound, and the lyrics about fighting against the impulse of suicide carries a strong message. `Get Out Alive’ is one of my favorite songs on this album. The song is about relying in yourself and not leaving your life in others hands. It’s a very strong song with a very deep message for those who want to find it. `Over & Over’ is another song that I really like, using the strings to give it a unique sound as they sing about another broken relationship. But when it comes to relationship songs, one of the best here is `Gone Forever’ which switches from soft and simple to heavy and strong. Great all around track.
So as you can see Three Days Grace has delivered a top of the line album that makes good for the time they spent working on it. We’ve been waiting three years for them to grace us with their presence again, and it was well worth the wait. It’s nice to see a band you like become a band you absolutely love. Great work guys.