The difference between 3 Doors Down's self-titled new album, due this week on Universal Republic, and its last, the appropriately named "Seventeen Days," is day and night.

The difference between 3 Doors Down's self-titled new album, due this week on Universal Republic, and its last, the appropriately named "Seventeen Days," is day and night. Or more appropriately, months and days. After selling 1.4 million copies of "Seventeen Days," far less than the 9.2 million combined that it tallied on its first two Universal Republic releases, band and label decided to slow the process down.

"The record company just said, 'Guys, go write, and when you've got it done, we'll be here,'" lead singer Brad Arnold says Longtime observers will notice a more positive tone on the new set, the first single from which, "It's Not My Time," has already logged time at No. 1 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart.

Reminded that he once told Billboard "I like having pressure" when referring to the quick turnaround on the band's last album, Arnold laughs. "Maybe it just seemed like I liked having pressure, because it sure was nice having all that time this time around," he says.

"Besides the time issue, I think the biggest difference is where we all are in our personal lives," Arnold says. "I always mean for it to be positive but sometimes it comes out in a bit of a negative way. This time it's staring into the light rather than staring into the dark."