February 17, 2005

Slide Into Mediocrity

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Three years on the heels of their last full-length studio release, 3 Doors Down, with their newest effort Seventeen Days, demonstrates once again the problem with middle-of-the-road pop-rock: The songwriting is often no better than middle-of-the-road. Despite flashy instrumental breaks, slick production and the impressive vocal abilities of lead singer Brad Arnold, Seventeen Days is mired in the mediocrity resulting from a collection of uninspired tunes that are catchy at best. Listening to the album is in no way a painful experience, but the tracks begin to sound formulaic and become terribly reminiscent of former chart toppers such as “Kryptonite” and “When I’m Gone.”

The songs on the album seem to come in two varieties. Several begin with a clich