Quarters for the Jukebox

Album — 3 Doors Down by 3 Doors Down

3 Doors Down
3 Doors Down walk the fine line the band has been balancing their entire career: producing melodic rock for the radio masses, while still enfusing a harder edge to keep their credibility as an actual “rock” band. The balance of genres has served the band well—and they haven’t deviated from it—with the new self-titled album debuting at #1 on the Billboard chart (I still don’t understand a self-titled album when it’s your fourth major release). The group said it was greatly influenced during the past few years during their concerts for the military (the band’s single “When I’m Gone” became an anthem for military personnel leaving for Afghanistan and Iraq). This lingering influence (and adjoining themes) can be seen directly in tracks like “Citizen/Soldier,” and indirectly with “It’s Not My Time” (video linked). Check for yourself.

Quarters for the songs: Train; It’s Not My Time; Let Me Be Myself.

Worth listening, if you like: Nickelback; Alter Bridge; Matchbox Twenty; Default; Daughtry; Bush; Fuel.


In the Jukebox — May 20

What’s new and in the jukebox for this week (alphabetically sorted by artist):

  • 3 Doors Down—3 Doors Down: More blue collar rock appropriate for radio play.
  • AM—Side by Side – Duets EP: Came out about a month ago; male singer/songwriter AM sings soft, simple duets with Meiko, Tina Dico, Julianna Raye, Buddy, Susie Suh and Rick Garcia. Listening to it has prompted me to download AM’s previous albums … happy, Leanna?
  • Filter—Anthems for the Damned: The band who brought you “Hey Man Nice Shot” and “Take a Picture” is back with an album after a six year absence … “Cold” (which has hints of “Take a Picture”) and/or “Kill the Day” (or its remix) could have some potential as singles.
  • Foxboro Hot Tubs—Stop Drop and Roll!!!: Neurotic, frenetic, old-school-feel rock ‘n’ roll.
  • Jesse McCartney—Departure: Not that I’m listening, but I feel obligated to say it’s out (it’s his “I’m grown up and have street credibility even though I used to sing and dance for cartoon music videos and now want to be Robin Thicke” album). The production sounds good (for the couple of songs I’ve heard); it will be interesting to see how mainstream play takes to it.
  • Mariah Carey—E=MC²: What does Einstein and relativity have to do with Mariah Carey? I don’t know … other than the brief sharing of initials. Either way, expect to hear clips of songs on YouTube, YouTube … .”
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