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3 Doors Down's hardcore fans will love this album.

Following the trend for using Howard Benson as producer, Mississippi rockers have come out with perhaps their best album to date. Their fifth album features better songs and a commercial edge that follows a period of stagnation on the previous two albums.

Seemingly going through the motions and cleverly rewriting previous hits in a new form to satisfy their fans, 3 Doors Down has finally grasped the mettle and decided to get outside help producing a new album. 3 Doors Down will always sound like 3 Doors Down; Brad Arnold's southern accent is unique and the guitar sound is always a dead giveaway but where this album wins is that it's far more consistent cohesive and polished. The band even comes up with something a little left field from time to time as in the rip snorting 'Believer', a close cousin to Judas Priest's 'Breaking the Law'-I kid you not.
On 'Time Of My Life' you really can take your pick from a hatful of singles, the title track, 'When Your Young', 'Every Time You Go' all have the necessary commercial edge to do well as singles whilst the exquisite 'She's In Love' is simply one of the best songs that the band has ever written.

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Benson glues the whole thing together with his usual flair, slickness and vocal enhancements, clearly benefiting the powerful 'Race for the Sun' or the ballad-like 'Heaven' which standout in their own right.

3 Doors Down's hardcore fans will love this album of that there's no doubt but equally this album is likely to appeal to those who have perhaps dismissed the band in the recent past. Live, the band has few equals; a superb sound with each member of the band being able to replicate what they have recorded in the studio. 'Time of My Life' is perhaps the band's finest collection of songs to date.

Mike Newdeck

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