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  • Audio CD (March 28 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00004C4QQ
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 349 customer reviews
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1. Kryptonite
2. Loser
3. Duck And Run
4. Not Enough
5. Be Like That
6. Life Of My Own
7. Better Life
8. Down Poison
9. By My Side
10. Smack
11. So I Need You

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The Mississippi-based quartet 3 Doors Down has only one thing that sets them apart from other hard rock bands: lead vocalist Brad Arnold is also the drummer. The group shops the sounds of Pearl Jam and the Goo Goo Dolls, pointing at what they like, picking it off the shelf and throwing it into the stew. While the music on The Better Life, their debut, sounds overall both competent and confident, the songs themselves are equally uninspired and clichéd. For example, the riff from the track "Loser" is straight out of the Alice In Chains songbook, adding much more cringe-worthy lyrics ("Addiction needs a pacifier, the buzz of this poison is taking me higher"). In fact, most of the lyrics zero in on well-worn rock themes of aggravation, confusion and frustration, feelings that 3 Doors Down will easily coax out of discriminating listeners. --Jason Josephes

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Format: Audio CD
For the most part, I do like 3 doors down, or else I wouldn't still be listening to their music. But the fact remains is that the debut album "The Better Life" really doesn't provide a great all around cd.
The best song in my opinion is "Duck and Run." A fast upbeat rock and roll song that stand amongst the other tracks. "Kyrponite" which made the band famous is probably my 2nd favorite song, and obviously a fan fav among many.
"Be Like That" which appeared on some American Pie soundtrack is the only song that slows down the pace of the music. It as if it almost doesn't fit on this album. A good analogy with this is with "Good Riddance" on Green Day's "Nimrod" album. However, it does hold it's own. "Loser" a song that literally is self-esteem demoralizer is somewhat between that of "Be Like That" and all the rest of the songs. It is my 4th fav behind the 3 mentioned.
Now comes the blah...
What gives this album only 3 stars is the fact that they had to heavily rely on their singles to carry the load, similar to Bush's debut in "Sixteen Stone." Although that may not be bad to the average music fan, it is devastating to the avid music listener in search of good songs not played on the radio, which is me. I burn for good songs that no one really ever hears besides the true fan...and "The Better Life" just didnt' have that.
"Not Enough", "Life on My Own", "Better Life", "Down Poison", "By My Side", "Smack", and "So I Need You" really just sound the same in a sense. This array of repeated sounds is similar to Caroline's Spine, "Monsoon" and Default's "The Fallout".
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This CD was a bit of a gamble, having known nothing of the band except for Kryptonite, which I and everybody else liked well enough to get us to run out a get this CD. I have learned to never buy a CD for the "one-hit-wonder" because the rest of the album usually sucks and should've stayed back on the demo tape. This, on the other hand, is one of the best CD's I've bought in the past year or more. I feel like it is Corrosion of Conformity revisited and reformed. There isn't a bad song on this whole CD. Great hooks, every song sounding different from the next, and the perfect mix of both heavy sloshy songs among the rockin' tunes makes it a permanent fixture in the CD changer. I'm afraid to get another CD from 3 Doors Down because I can't believe this one can be topped. The band Helmet once stated that "space within music gives it weight" and there are a few songs on here that have that "space between guitar crunches" that give it the testosterone jolt. The rest are so solid and full sounding that the "weight" comes naturally. We'll hear a lot more from these guys if they keep it up. This album delivers!
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While the 2000 debut from southern rockers 3 Doors Down is by no means worthless or unlistenable, I find it uninteresting and unoriginal to the max. The unoriginality part is quite common these days with hard rock (Nickelback, Hoobastank, and Default come to mind). But at least many of these bands have somewhat interesting and/or melodic moments; very few tracks on this disc do.
We start off with "Kryptonite," the mega-hit from the spring of '00 that launched the band to stardom. I find it to be one of the weakest tracks on this already fairly weak album. The three-chord riff gets old after all of 3 listens, and even after having not heard the song for over two years, I still find myself dozing off when listening to it now.
"Loser" is a major improvement, but as noted by other reviewers, is a complete copy of Alice in Chains. Rather than go over every track, seeing as most of them are the same song manifested in somewhat different melodies, I'll just point out the high points, which include "Duck and Run," "The Better Life," and "By My Side."
Another rather annoying aspect of 3 Doors Down for me is the lead singer's vocal similarity to Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas (a somewhat better, but still not great band). To be honest, I thought MB20 had released a new single when I first heard "Kryptonite" (and thought "what has happened to them?"). When it comes down to it, though, 3 Doors Down aren't all THAT bad... they simply produce some of the most forgettable and disposable rock music on the market. I would round my 2.5 star opinion up to 3 stars for the review if it weren't for the album's extremely overdone rating. To anyone who gives this album 5 stars, I have some advice: check out records like Alice in Chains' DIRT or Tool's AENIMA. What you'll find is music that rocks just as hard as this, yet manages to throw in some real talent, originality, and melody to top it off.
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By A Customer on April 10 2003
Format: Audio CD
Listen up because i know my music. There's a bunch of other ... reviews out there that just make you scroll more. This CD is incredible. Matt Roberts and Chris Henderson are awesome guitar players, Brad Arnold has an incredible and a unique voice, and Todd Harrell can really play the bass.
1. Kryponite-Probably the most famous song by 3 Doors Down. Great guitar, drums, and lyrics. Gets old after about a month or 2-Grade=A
2. Loser-Oh my God, these lyrics are so good! I can't stop myself from singing "addiction needs a pacifire, the buzz of this poison is talking me higher, this'll fall away." Awesome guitar solo-Grade=A
3. Duck and Run-A perfect song to listen to before a baseball game or something. Great lyrics and great guitar. The makes it sound kind of light, but it changes quickly into an intense song. My favorite line is "So you call this, your free country, tell my why it costs so much to live."Crank it up-Grade=A+
4.Not Enough-Good lyrics, but i'm not crazy about the sound of the verses. The chourses are great, and theirs a cool guitar solo. The overall song kind of lags. It's good at first, but after a minute it feels like you've been listening for an hour.Grade=B+
5.Be Like That-Great lyrics about wanting to lead a different life. Not really heavy, but i still find myself blasting this song. The guitar playing is really complex and difficult, but it doesn't stand out(trust me, i know it is hard. I play guitar.)Grade=A
6.Life of my Own-Pretty cool song, good, solid guitar. Good lyrics, but they don't stand out. Really neat guitar solo midway through.Good song, but not one i keep coming back to.Grade=A-
7.Better Life-My favorite song! Fast paced, heavy, great guitar-it's near PERFECT!
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