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The Better Life

3 Doors DownAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (374 customer reviews)

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Don’t tell rock band 3 Doors Down you can’t go home again.
Formed in Escatawpa, Mississippi, the resilient fivesome has blazed a trail as the quintessential rock band, attaining massive mainstream success but somehow never losing that small town identity that has branded them rock’s truest underdogs. They’ve reigned as a genuine force of nature, boasting rock ... Read more in Amazon's 3 Doors Down Store

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  • Audio CD (February 8, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: February 8, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Republic
  • ASIN: B00004C4QQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (374 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,193 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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121 of 129 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommend for Rock Fans March 29, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I've had this CD for awhile (promo copy) and got to see the band live in a small venue. If you like pure, hard rock'in, you'll enjoy most every song. The editorial reviewer is obviously a music snob & doesn't appreciate music for what it's worth. The 1st reviewer is also a screwball - there is nothing here anywhere that remotely sounds like Blink 182 or Semisonic. This band has similarities to Creed both in the vocals and guitar work. But, the music is a little more upbeat & the vocals more sincere. The format of their songs is similiar to an Oleander or Fuel album. The lyrics/choruses are catchy and make you want to sing along. If you like those bands, you'll enjoy this CD (alot). I have over 1,500 CDs of all types of music & this is one of the best of the hard rock CDs esp. for a band that's not yet established.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh hell yeah! September 24, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Of course, following my alternative rock instinct I downloaded (and later bought) this cd. Expecting mediocre, this cd really got my attention. From the punky-edge of "Krytonite" to the more mellow toned down "Down Poison" and if great hits such as "Kryptonite" and "Loser" aren't enough in themselfs to convince you to buy "The Better Life" maybe this review will.
1. Kryptonite: Even though I'm not too fond of the radio version (with a slowed down chorus most notably) the cd version has the same upbeat guitars as the rest of the cd but a great punk vibe added to the mix. 2. Loser: An all around great song, my favorite on the cd. Brad Arnold really shows off his vocal capability's in this song. 3. Duck And Run: A very angry song, has a tad of heavyness to it. This song will still be one of the most played on the cd by me. I even stole a little quote out of it for my IRC quit message. 4. Not Enough: I love the perfect colabiration between the guitars and vocals on this. The guitars don't follow the tone of the vocals but the speed hits it perfectly, you don't always see bands pull that off this great. 5. Be Like That: A slow, yet satisfying song. An average song, but definatly a nice addition to the cd. So the whole cd isn't perfect, but no cd to this date is. 6. Life Of My Own: An emotional rollercoaster of a song, I think if i tried to quote this song for IRC the whole song would end up in it. Lyirically the best on the cd by a longshot. 7. Better Life: Jam it baby, yeah! I love this guitar riff. very groovy, baby! (I'm in an Austin Powers mood). 8. Down Poison: I'm voting for this one to be the next single. Just an outright great song. 9. By My Side: Another mediocre song.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic CD June 1, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the best debut albums I've heard in a long time. I was especially pleased because I normally wait to hear 2-3 songs from a new band before I run out and buy their CD. Boy, did I make a smart choice getting this one after only hearing the song Kryptonite. Very addicting music. Excellent bass player. If you like Collective Soul, Creed, Soundgarden, or Days of the New, you'll really like this. I'm confident that these guys will release more songs than just Kryptonite off this CD. In fact, it's not nearly the best song. This is a must have CD for anyone who claims to love good Rock & Roll. I look forward to album #2.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad I wasn't so "Lucky" October 21, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I wondered aimlessly down the aisles of cds searching for that right cd to spend the rest of my gift certificate on. I had narrowed down my choice to Britney Spears. Although I wasn't really big on the whole pop scene, that darn "Lucky" song was trapped in my head. Well I decided to go over the aisles once more just to make sure...then I saw the 3 Doors Down Cd. "Ok," I thought, "aren't they the ones that sing Kryptonite?" I liked that song and although I hate buying cd's for just one song I dropped the Britney Cd and grabbed the 3DD cd and checked out.
Of course the first few days I did nothing but listen to "Kryptonite" but when I finally decided to listen to all of the cd, a thing which I rarely do, I was surprised. I couldn't believe someone wrote these songs about how I sometimes felt. Aside from "Kryptonite" there's "Loser" "Be Like That" (which I totally love!) and "Duck and Run".
I was taken aback by the lyrics and rhythms that I vowed to see them in concert. And on Tuesday OCt. 17 I did just that. If you love the Cd wait till you see these guys in concert! They totally rocked! That was the best concert ever! But back to the Cd...if you've ever had emotions of sadness, wonder and dispair you are not alone...but they do not sing the typical "oh poor me, the world sucks" kinda songs..."Duck and Run" offers hope and inspiration with lyric such as "this world can turn me down but I won't turn away,and I won't duck and run because I'm not built that way."
The cd is of all emotions and offers hope and is truly lyrically, musically, and inspirationally, the BEST Cd I have ever heard and they are also the BEST band I have ever heard. Oh and it doesn't hurt that they're from down south either.
3 Doors Down ROCKS!!!
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I'm a really big hard rock and heavy metal fan, and I really like this album. It's definitely more mellow than most of the music that I listen to but it still rocks. Their music is kinda like Alice In Chains, Creed, Days of the New (the first album, not the second), and Matchbox 20. After hearing Loser on the radio a week ago I knew I had to get the album, that song is incredible. Loser, Kryptonite, Duck and Run, and Better Life are all great songs, but I found that those are the only songs on the album that stand out. The other songs just seem kinda bland. But I think the CD is worth it even for just those 4 songs. I'm writing this as a hard rock/metal fan, if you like more mellow rock you'll probably like the other songs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 3 doors down - Better Life
Awesome Album.. Great music at a great price. Just started updating my music collection and will be using Amazon MP3 app to purchase all of it.
Published 2 months ago by hedgie67
5.0 out of 5 stars It's 3 Doors Down
If you like 3 Doors Down then you want this. I have all their major CDs and absolutely love them all. Each one is a bit different though their themes really don't change. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Bruce E Walker
4.0 out of 5 stars 3 doors down, The better life
This is the one that got 3 doors down started. Great album, Great price right now. If you don`t have it.
Published 6 months ago by donald cummings
5.0 out of 5 stars Sold as advertised
Thanks for the excellent service. Product purchased was as advertised. We are enjoying this. 1 2 3 4 5 6
Published 11 months ago by Steve Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Great tunes
I crank this at 5:00 on Friday on my ride home. It's those older tunes you don't hear as much any more.
Published 12 months ago by Patrick B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
I love this album from opening song to last. If you like classic southern rock, especially Lynyrd Skynyrd, whose influence I detect very strongly in this album, you'll like what... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Jerry Kovacich
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD!
Great songs! Kryptonite is probably their best song. Every 3 Doors Down fan should own this! I bought it and I loved it!
Published 17 months ago by Antony
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
this is truly a great cd with great acoustics and lyrics they give a top performance with no exceptions. if you like them, you will like this.
Published on March 25, 2012 by Julialynn psychic
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice addition to the original album
I won't waste time reviewing the content of the original album. The remastering maybe a little improved, but having the second disc full of live tracks from an energetic show an... Read more
Published on November 10, 2011 by Kevin M Gouge
3.0 out of 5 stars great cd
if you like them you will really like this cd i dont regret buying it there great! and its super cheap on amazon
Published on October 5, 2011 by BIG HORSE
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