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3 Doors Down, Us And The Night (EMI Records)




3 Doors Down, Us And The Night (EMI Records)
CD Reviews March 24, 2016

03/24/16
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



 I’m sure we’ve talked about this Mississippi quintet, whose 2002 hot “Kryptonite” was Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek’s theme song (I always wondered if Tek got sick of that song playing whenever he came up to bat, and if he actually requested it). Their last three LPs peak-charted in the Top 3 of the Billboard 200, mainly on the WWE-ready tensile strength of tough-guy ballads like “When You’re Young” — one gets the sense that if it weren’t for Monday Night Raw, these guys would be working at Red Lobster. This, their sixth full-length, only goes to amplify such sentiments, what with country-fied bounce-alongs like “In the Dark,” texted-in diesel-speed rockouts like “Still Alive” and the obligato emoting-for-dummies metal sort-of-ballad “Believe It.” In other words the usual formulae are in place; it wouldn’t be completely nuts to picture this band opening for Randy Travis or Goo Goo Dolls. There’s a beauty in all that, which, at the moment, eludes me completely. B- 






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