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.