One-X

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One-X
Studio album by Three Days Grace
Released June 13, 2006
Recorded November 2005 – January 2006 at Bay 7 Studios, Valley Village Studios and Sparky Dog Studios, Calabasas, CA
Genre Alternative metal, hard rock, post-grunge
Length 43:44
Label Jive
Producer Howard Benson
Three Days Grace chronology
Three Days Grace
(2003)
One-X
(2006)
Life Starts Now
(2009)
Singles from One-X
  1. "Animal I Have Become"
    Released: April 18, 2006
  2. "Pain"
    Released: November 7, 2006
  3. "Never Too Late"
    Released: June 5, 2007
  4. "Riot"
    Released: November 6, 2007

One-X is the second album from Canadian rock band Three Days Grace. This is their first album to feature lead guitarist Barry Stock who took over lead guitar from lead singer Adam Gontier. The album was released on June 13, 2006. They worked with producer Howard Benson for the album, a decision which proved to be a great move for the band, as the album was both a critical and financial success. It is their first and only album under Sony BMG, the successor to Sony Music Entertainment's original roots & Bertelsmann Music Group. The Sony BMG joint venture was dropped in 2008, which led to Bertelsmann's Sony BMG stake going back to Sony.

Pre-release and writing[edit]

Before One-X was released, the band previewed some numbers from the upcoming album on several occasions. They played four of the new songs, including "Animal I Have Become" and "Never Too Late", at the H.O.P.E. Volleyball SummerFest in Ottawa, July 2005. "Animal I Have Become" was released as a single and received substantial airplay before it was released with One-X.

Previews for four of the tracks on One-X were able to be found on Three Days Grace's Online Trading Cards. Tracks that could be previewed were "It's All Over", "Pain", "Never Too Late" and "Over and Over".

Adam Gontier wrote many of these songs during rehabilitation after being addicted to OxyContin (oxycodone), a pain killer. "Usually we all sit as a group, hanging out, working together, but here I was just alone, writing about how I felt." as Adam Gontier said in his docu-drama about his experience, Behind The Pain.

Album art[edit]

The album cover depicts a string of connected paper dolls with checkmarks on all with the exception of one which is crossed out, thus One X. On the inside, the CD tray shows all red fish, except one black fish. This same image is also on the "Animal I Have Become" single cover. The lyrics are included in the album booklet.

Sales[edit]

The album debuted at No. 2 on the Canadian Albums Chart.[citation needed] The album also entered the Billboard 200 albums chart at No. 5 with first week sales of more than 78,000 copies.[citation needed]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Sputnikmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Ultimate Guitar 9/10 stars[3]

One-X was met with mostly positive reviews. The Toronto Star complimented the album with a review title of "One CD worth buying..." and focused on its lyrics, saying, "The lyrics really speak out to you, especially if you're going through a tough time in your life."[4] Allmusic reviewer Corey Apar praised the music, saying it "remains catchy despite its lyrical darkness".[5] Ultimate Guitar gave a largely positive review of the album, and also praised Gontier's vocals, saying, "Gontier's strong vocal performance could explain why the band has garnered the success they've had. When you hear an infectious vocal, you might have a powerful urge to sing along."

Accolades[edit]

In 2007, One-X earned the band an award for Rock Artist of the Year by Billboard magazine. They won a Media Base award for most played rock song on radio in Canada for their single "Animal I Have Become". One-X has been certified double platinum in Canada,[6] and platinum in the US.[7]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "It's All Over"   4:09
2. "Pain"   3:23
3. "Animal I Have Become"   3:51
4. "Never Too Late"   3:29
5. "On My Own"   3:06
6. "Riot"   3:28
7. "Get Out Alive"   4:22
8. "Let It Die"   3:09
9. "Over and Over"   3:12
10. "Time of Dying"   3:08
11. "Gone Forever"   3:41
12. "One-X"   4:46
Total length:
43:44

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200 5
U.S. Billboard Top Rock Albums 2
U.S. Billboard Top Alternative Albums 15
U.S. Billboard Top Hard Rock Albums 5
U.S. Billboard Top Digital Albums 5
U.S. Billboard Top Catalog Albums 15
Canadian Albums Chart 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ Apar, Corey. One-X at AllMusic. Retrieved February 20, 2012.
  2. ^ "Three Days Grace - One-X (album review)". Sputnikmusic.com. February 22, 2007. Retrieved February 20, 2012. 
  3. ^ "One-X Review | Three Days Grace". Ultimate-Guitar.Com. June 14, 2006. Retrieved February 20, 2012. 
  4. ^ Lin, Adena (May 31, 2007). "One CD worth buying...". Toronto Star. Retrieved August 13, 2009. 
  5. ^ Apar, Corey. "One-X > Three Days Grace". Allmusic. Retrieved August 13, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Retrieved 8 June 2013". Musiccanada.com. Retrieved June 9, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Retrieved 8 June 2013". Riaa.com. Retrieved June 9, 2013.