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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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Released in early 2000, 3 Doors Down debut album The Better Life has become one of this era's most enduring albums. Featuring huge sonic guitar hooks, pounding drums and soulful vocals, the album generated the 3DD classics Kryptonite, Loser, Duck And Run, and Be Like That. The second disc of The Better Life deluxe edition features a performance recorded at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in Huston, TX.


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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Most albums by rock/alternative groups have one, or maybe two solid singles if they are lucky. The fact that TDD has 4 is a testament to the talent of this gifted group of rockers.
Kryptonite (4/5) - Not as good as some of the others on this album, but of course this is from someone who heard the radios overplay the song to death, so of course Im a bit biased. It was good though, before it was crucified on the airwaves. Catchy chorus and a solid percussion base.
Loser (5/5) - Arguably the best track on this album, other than "Be Like That". Sure, its depressing, but it does a darn good job of it. Brad Arnold gets pretty emotional at times, and anyone whos ever felt like an outcast can relate to it. Both the guitar work and the drumming is rock solid here. Best of all, it wasnt killed by the radios like "Kryptonite"
Duck and Run (4/5) - The lyrics and bridge in the center of the songs are its strongest points. Courage and bravery are at the heart of this one, and its inspirational to hear about someone who wont back down from his enemies. A breath of fresh air if you are getting depressed.
Not Enough (3/5) - Mediocre compared to the other songs. Brad Arnold expresses anger about how he doesnt have enough time for himself or his lover.
Be Like That (5/5) - One of my favorite songs of all time. Not too slow, not too fast. The lyrics are superb, and the instruments are more polished and refined than in many of the other tracks. The second verse especially conjures images of finding the American Dream, and who hasnt wanted to jump into someone else's shoes for a day?
Life of My Own (2/5)- Borders on filler material.
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In Australia, particularly in Melbourne, listening to morning 'mainstream' radio can be a torturous affair: disc jockeys with enlarged egos and zero talent. At times it almost hinges on the absurd - comedians who are not funny; female commentators who talk about what they made their children for lunch - a parochial Hodge Podge of musically uninformed legends in their own lunchtime. These people take lameness to an entirely new level. But it was on such a morning, waking up to go to work, that I first heard the song ~Kryptonite~ and without hesitation, bought the CD. What was it about this song that ignited the motivation to actually rise out of my warm bed and drive directly to the music store to purchase it? Despite the fact that it is your standard three-chord rock-wonder, (which most great rock songs are) it was something said in the lyrics, a message that happend to track with my life at the time.
'You called me strong you called me weak
But still your secrets I would keep.
You took for granted all the times I never let you
You stumbled in you bumped your head
If not for me you'd be dead.
I picked you up, put you back on solid ground.'
The lyrics of this great song are about some important themes: loyalty and betrayal. And, excuse the pun, struck a heavy chord. Finally, I thought, a song about significant matters, aside from fluffy Backstreet Boy and Nsync cliche`d ... This song resonates power and meaning. I was inspired.
As is usually the case, I purchase a CD because of one song and the rest of the disc falls apart - not so with ~The Better Life~; after the third listen through, I began to notice similar themes in all the songs. Here are some individuals with something to say, a point of view, and a story to tell.
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As I said, I tried to give this 5 stars, but I just couldn't bring myself to do it. This CD basically has 4 songs that I REALLY like, and then the rest of it is kind of subpar. My favorite song on the album is "Loser". This song probably has the best lyrics on the album and is pretty heavy. I also like this song because it wasn't annoyingly overplayed on the radio like a certain other song on this album. "Kryptonite" used to be my favorite song on here, but when you hear it pretty much everyday for months, the fun kind of comes out of it. The newest single "Be Like That" is pretty good, but at the same time it's not really a rock song, so some people may not like it. The last song on here that I like is "Duck and Run" because it has good lyrics and a good beat. The rest of the songs on this album are nothing desirable though. I would definitely buy this album because of the 4 songs I mentioned, but you should just know in advance that like most albums, this one only has a few good songs.
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There should be a 6-star review because this CD would EASILY earn it! Come on now, be honest: how many CD's do you own where you listen to only one or two tracks on them? This most assuredly will NOT be the case with the "The Better Life"!! Instead, it will prove a struggle to isolate a single favorite among these impassioned, cutting-edge tunes!!
It is certainly possible to draw comparisons between 3 Doors Down and other bands. Lead singer Bradley Kirk Arnold seduces us with throaty renditions that remind one of the sultry vocals of U2's Bono. Cleverly sardonic lyrics appeal to the dark, self-deprecating side of human nature ("Do you feel alive? she said/It's all a bad dream, spinning in your lonely head/To this world I'm unimportant, just because I have nothing to give; So you call this a free country, tell me why it costs so much to live/You're getting closer to pushing me off of life's little edge; Cause I'm a loser and sooner or later you know I'll be dead), bringing back memories of Jim Morrison and the Doors (THEN: "Break on Through" NOW: "The Better Life"). Powerful, compelling guitar work carves unmistakable niches in one's memory, reminiscent of that executed by master Ozzy Osbourne (who DOESN'T instantly recognize the intro to "Crazy Train"?!). This is not to say 3 Doors Down resorts to imitation or mimicry. Each song on "The Better Life" is uniquely, delightfully their own.
Whether you like rock, metal, alternative, or pop, this CD will enthrall you. Can you say "superstars"? Because that's exactly the future "The Better Life" promises for its creators. It is not a stretch of the imagination to see these young men being this generation's Aerosmith, Rush or Jefferson Airplane/Starship. Yes, they are THAT good.
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