3 Doors Down, "When You're Young"


3 Doors Down has notched a staggering nine top 10 Mainstream Rock singles in its decade-plus career, including five chart-toppers, by turning in crunchy riffs and catchy choruses. "When You're Young," the first single from forthcoming set "Time of My Life," builds on the band's past successes, and all the familiar parts of the group's sound are here: a flanged guitar intro reminiscent of former hits "When I'm Gone" and "Here Without You," Brad Arnold's Southern-tinged vocals and a perfectly placed guitar solo. Lyrically the singer touches on failed childhood dreams ("It'll all get better/At least that's what they say/But I don't see it coming"), and while the musical pieces fit seamlessly, the track fails to break new ground. The band has thoroughly developed a signature sound, but "When You're Young" seems like a retread.


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