Time of My Life (3 Doors Down album)

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Time of My Life
Studio album by 3 Doors Down
Released July 19, 2011 (2011-07-19)
Recorded July–October 2010 in:
Los Angeles, California
Tokyo, Japan
Genre Post-grunge, alternative rock, hard rock
Length 41:30
Label Universal Republic
Producer Howard Benson
3 Doors Down chronology
Where My Christmas Lives EP
(2009)
Time of My Life
(2011)
The Greatest Hits
(2012)
Singles from Time of My Life
  1. "When You're Young"
    Released: February 1, 2011 (2011-02-01)
  2. "Every Time You Go"
    Released: March 23, 2011 (2011-03-23)
  3. "What's Left"
    Released: December 2011 (2011-12)
  4. "Back to Me"
    Released: 2012 (2012)
  5. "Time of My Life"
    Released: December 4, 2012 (2012-12-04)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (49/100)[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[2]
Consequence of Sound 2.5/5 stars[3]
IGN (8/10)[4]
Melodic.net 3.5/5 stars[5]
Rock Sound (7/10)[6]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[7]
Sputnikmusic (1/5)[8]

Time of My Life is the fifth studio album by American rock band 3 Doors Down and also their first since 2008's self-titled album. The album was released on July 19, 2011 and The album debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 and sold 59,800 copies in its first week of its release.[9] The singles from the album included "When You're Young" and "Every Time You Go." It was the last of the band's albums to feature Matt Roberts and Todd Harrell.

Recording and release[edit]

Brad Arnold told Alternative Addiction that "he and his band mates were likely to collaborate on a new project in the near future."[10] He then stated that the band was collaborating back and forth online.[11] Brad says, "We've all been writing and sharing files electronically, and so when we get together I think we're going to be ready to record right away, and evolve these songs into an album."[12]

On July 22, 2010, 3 Doors Down stated during a concert in London, Ontario, Canada that they were due to start recording their new record the very next week. They then performed a new song, confirming it was going to be on the next record, entitled "On the Run."[13]

In October 2010, 3 Doors Down finished the recording process of the new album in Los Angeles, CA, with Grammy nominated Howard Benson taking the role as producer. On October 27, 2010, they performed at the T.J. Martell Foundation for Leukemia, Cancer and AIDS Research event held in New York City.[14] In an interview at the event, lead singer Brad Arnold revealed the album title as Time of My Life. In addition, it was confirmed the band were looking to release the upcoming album in February 2011.[15]

Arnold confirmed with Artsian News that the group had finished up recording, and that he "cannot wait for people to hear this record." Arnold also said that the band was hoping to release "Time of My Life" in early 2011."[16] On March 31, 2011, 3 Doors Down announced that Time of My Life was set to be released on July 19, 2011. Brad Arnold spoke very positively of the album's heavier sound; "This record shows some growth on our part. We've had success in the past and we're very thankful for that, but there's always room to... take it up to another level. And I feel like we did that. There's a lot of songs that people can immediately identify with. We just really wanted to do our best on this record, and looking back on the whole experience, I can really say that we did."[17]

Singles[edit]

On January 10, 2011, it was confirmed the first single from the album, entitled "When You're Young", was to be released to radio the very same day.[18]

On May 19, 2011, it was announced the second single from the album, entitled "Every Time You Go", was to be released to digital outlets on May 23, 2011.[19]

On December 2011, it was announced the third single from the album entitled "What's Left", was to be released as promotional single.

On 2012, the fourth single from the album, entitled "Back to Me", was to be released on the radio.

On December 4, 2012, it was announced the fifth single from the album, entitled "Time of My Life", will release on the radio mainstream.[20]

Influences and themes[edit]

On July 6, 2011, 3 Doors Down had an interview with K-Mart Music. The band discussed several different topics ranging from their influences to where they will be touring along with the dates. Most importantly, they discussed their new album "Time of my Life", and what made the album different from the past albums they have recorded. When asked the question, "What has influenced the work of 3 Doors Down the most?", frontman Brad Arnold replied, “I think the things that have influenced the work of 3 Doors Down the most is just our life experiences, and things that we’ve all gone through, and I think that all things that people really go through on a daily basis and that’s the songs that we always sit out and write are songs that people can really identify with. I hope they do identify with these songs, and I hope that everybody takes away something from these songs". The following question was, "What makes your latest album different from your previous work?". Brad responded, “I think what makes Time of My Life different from our previous works is just the fact that we went into the studio with a goal, and that goal was to make a bigger, better record that we have ever made before. I think our experience helped a lot with reaching our goal, and this album exemplifies the whole statement of having the time of our lives".[21]

In an interview with Entertainment Focus on July 27, 2011 with Chris Henderson discussed the bands new album. When asked, "What can we expect from it?" He said, "The new record is a lot in a lot of ways a lot like the very first record The Better Life because it more punkie kind of rock sounds of it. But, there’s also the songs from like our second record so it’s a good mix of what the bands been throughout the ten years we been out, well thirteen years, you know it’s a good mix of that .I’m really proud of it, and when you’re a band like us... we're not reinventing the wheel. We're not going to come out left field in the jazz fusion record, you know? We're not going to do a blues record. We're a rock band. That’s what we do so when we grow we just grow in ourselves and try to keep it interesting, by mixing all the different things that we’ve done in one record. That’s what we tried to do with this one.”[22]

Reception[edit]

Reviews for Time of My Life were generally mixed. On Metacritic, the album received a score of 49 based on four reviews.[1]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Brad Arnold

No. Title Music Length
1. "Time of My Life"   Arnold, Matt Roberts, Marti Frederiksen 3:22
2. "When You're Young"   Arnold, Roberts, Chris Henderson, Frederiksen 4:16
3. "Round and Round"   Arnold, Roberts, Henderson, Todd Harrell 3:46
4. "Heaven"   Arnold, Roberts, Henderson, Zac Maloy 3:26
5. "Race for the Sun"   Arnold, Roberts, Henderson, Harrell 2:58
6. "Back to Me"   Arnold, Roberts, Henderson, Harrell 3:43
7. "Every Time You Go"   Arnold, Roberts, Henderson, Bobby Huff 3:48
8. "What's Left"   Arnold, Roberts, Henderson, Maloy 3:43
9. "On the Run"   Arnold, Roberts, Henderson, Harrell 3:08
10. "She Is Love"   Arnold, Roberts, Henderson, Harrell 3:16
11. "My Way"   Arnold, Roberts, Henderson, Harrell 3:07
12. "Believer"   Arnold, Roberts, Henderson, Harrell 2:57
Total length:
41:30
Deluxe Edition Bonus Tracks
No. Title Music Length
13. "The Silence Remains"   Arnold, Roberts, Henderson, Harrell 3:39
14. "Train" (Demo) Arnold, Roberts, Henderson, Harrell 3:00
15. "When You're Young" (Acoustic) Arnold, Roberts, Henderson, Frederiksen 4:15
16. "Every Time You Go" (Acoustic) Arnold, Roberts, Henderson, Huff 3:48
iTunes bonus track
No. Title Music Length
17. "What's Left" (Acoustic) Arnold, Roberts, Henderson, Maloy 3:38
Walmart Deluxe Edition Bonus DVD (Live at Walmart Soundcheck)
No. Title Music Length
1. "When You're Young"   Arnold, Roberts, Henderson, Frederiksen 4:16
2. "Heaven"   Arnold, Roberts, Henderson, Maloy 3:23
3. "What's Left"   Arnold, Roberts, Henderson, Maloy 3:40
4. "Round and Round"   Arnold, Roberts, Henderson, Harrell 3:52
5. "Kryptonite"   Arnold, Roberts, Harrell 4:01
6. "Away From the Sun"   Arnold, Roberts, Henderson, Harrell 3:45
7. "Let Me Be Myself"   Arnold, Roberts, Henderson, Harrell 4:04
8. "Interview"     7:51

[23]

Charts[edit]

Charts Peak
position
Austrian Album Chart 7
Canadian Albums Chart 8
Dutch Albums Chart 37
Finnish Albums Chart 34
German Albums Chart 2
Greek Albums Chart 66
Swiss Albums Chart 2
UK Albums Chart 65
U.S. Billboard 200 3
U.S. Billboard Rock Albums 1
U.S. Billboard Digital Albums 2
U.S. Billboard Alternative Albums 1
U.S. Billboard Hard Rock Albums 1
U.S. Billboard Tastemaker Albums 11

Music Videos[edit]

  1. When You're Young
  2. Every Time You Go

Personnel[edit]

Band members

Additional musicians

  • Howard Benson - Keyboards and programming
  • Michito Sanches - Percussion
  • Kim Bullard - Keyboards and programming on "When You're Young" and "Back to Me"
  • Sid Page - Violin on "Back to Me"
  • Paul Franlin - Pedal steel on "Heaven" and "What's Left"
  • Marti Frederiksen - Additional programming on "Time of My Life" and "When You're Young"
  • Deborah Lurie - String arrangements on "When You're Young" and "Heaven"

Production

  • Howard Benson - producer
  • Tom Mackay - A & R
  • Hatsukazu Inagari - Additional engineer
  • Chris Lord-Alge - mixer
  • Keith Armstrong - assistant engineer
  • Nick Karpen - assistant engineer
  • Ted Jensen - mastering
  • Brad Townsend - additional mixing engineer
  • Andrew Schubert - additional mixing engineer

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format
Germany[24] July 15, 2011 Digital download
Ireland[25]
France[26] July 18, 2011
Portugal[27]
Spain[28]
United Kingdom[29]
Australia[30] July 22, 2011
New Zealand[31] July 25, 2011
Italy[32] August 30, 2011 CD

References[edit]

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  2. ^ [Time of My Life (3 Doors Down album) at AllMusic Allmusic review]
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  4. ^ Chad Grischow (July 19, 2011). "3 Doors Down: Time Of My Life Review; 3 Doors Down crank the guitars up a notch for their solid fifth album.". IGN. Retrieved July 27, 2011. 
  5. ^ Pär Winberg. "3 Doors Down - Time of My Life". Melodic.net. Retrieved July 27, 2011. 
  6. ^ Amy Bangs (July 18, 2011). "3 Doors Down - Time Of My Life; Business as usual from 3DD, though that was never a terrible thing...". Rocksound. Retrieved July 27, 2011. 
  7. ^ Rolling Stone review
  8. ^ Sputnikmusic review
  9. ^ "Billboard 200". N/A. Retrieved October 29, 2011. 
  10. ^ Chad (December 19, 2009). "3 Doors Down Planning New Album in 2010". Alternative Addiction. Retrieved November 4, 2011. 
  11. ^ Chad (December 19, 2009). "3 Doors Down Planning New Album in 2010". Alternative Addiction. Retrieved November 4, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Time of my life". AOL Music. January 13, 2011. 
  13. ^ 3 Doors Down – On The Run Live (July 22, 2010). YouTube. July 25, 2010. 
  14. ^ "T.J. Martell Foundation's 35th Annual Awards Gala". Blabbermouth. October 25, 2010. 
  15. ^ "3 Doors Down Has New Album Done, Brad Arnold Had ‘Time Of My Life’". Artisan News Service. November 9, 2010. 
  16. ^ "3 DOORS DOWN HAS NEW ALBUM DONE, BRAD ARNOLD HAD "TIME OF MY LIFE"". Artisan News service. November 9, 2010. 
  17. ^ "3 Doors Down Set Release Date for New Album, 'Time of My Life'". Billboard. March 31, 2011. 
  18. ^ "3 Doors Down Official Twitter – Monday Jan 10th is the day...". Twitter. January 10, 2011. 
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