Us and the Night

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Us and the Night
ThreeDoorsDownUsandtheNightalbum.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 11, 2016[1]
RecordedMay–July 2015
StudioRivergate Studios[1]
(Nashville, Tennessee)
Blackbird Studio
(Nashville, Tennessee)
GenreAlternative rock, post-grunge, pop rock
Length37:48
LabelRepublic Records
ProducerMatt Wallace[1]
3 Doors Down chronology
Time of My Life
(2011)
Us and the Night
(2016)
Singles from Us and the Night
  1. "In the Dark"
    Released: January 15, 2016
  2. "Still Alive"
    Released: May 30, 2016
  3. "The Broken"
    Released: November 2016[2]

Us and the Night is the sixth studio album by American rock band 3 Doors Down, released on March 11, 2016. It is 3 Doors Down's first studio album since Time of My Life (2011), marking the longest gap between two studio albums in their career, and the band's first album with Chet Roberts on lead guitar and Justin Biltonen on bass. The album received mixed reviews from critics. Us and the Night debuted at number 14 on the Billboard 200 chart and had three singles: "In the Dark", "Still Alive", and "The Broken".

Album information[edit]

"Us and the Night" was released on March 11, 2016. In June 2015, Chris Henderson announced that the new album will be titled Us and The Night.[3] The release date was announced on January 7, 2016.[1]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic51/100[4]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[5]
Consequence of SoundC-[6]
Renowned for Sound2.5/5 stars[7]

Us and the Night garnered mixed reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 51, based on 4 reviews.[4]

AllMusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine noted how the album was "a brighter affair than Time of My Life", giving credit to the band for favoring "wide strokes over specificity" with their lyrical content and instrumentation, concluding that "[T]his contradiction means the band remains an uneasy good time, but at least on Us and the Night the reconstituted 3 Doors Down have decided to look on the sunny side of life."[5] Jessica Thomas from Renowned for Sound commented about the overall feel throughout the record's track listing: "While there’s nothing necessarily bad or unpleasant about its content or delivery, there just isn’t anything new or exciting either. Each track falls into the rut of being entirely too similar, and from the thematic material to production, there’s just too much familiarity to discern from one track to the next."[7] Consequence of Sound writer Adam Kivel also gave a critique on the band's lyricism throughout the album: "Arnold’s lyrics latch onto tired tropes and clichéd rhymes, rather than offering any sort of narrative or emotional specificity. None of the songs are terrible, but none of them make much of an impression."[6]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number 14 on the Billboard 200 album chart,[8] number two on Top Rock Albums,[9] and number one on the Independent Albums chart, with 24,000 copies sold on its first week of release.[10]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by 3 Doors Down.

No.TitleLength
1."The Broken"2:46
2."In the Dark"3:43
3."Still Alive"2:41
4."Believe It"3:21
5."Living in Your Hell"3:48
6."Inside of Me"3:45
7."I Don’t Wanna Know"3:24
8."Pieces of Me"3:38
9."Love Is a Lie"2:47
10."Us and the Night"3:59
11."Fell from the Moon"3:56
Total length:37:48
Deluxe Edition Bonus Tracks
No.TitleLength
12."Found Me There"3:22
13."Walk Before You Run"3:38

Chart performance[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (2016) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[11] 34
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[12] 14
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[13] 59
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[14] 15
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[15] 45
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[16] 4
UK Albums (OCC)[17] 60
US Billboard 200[18] 14

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions
US
Main. Rock

[19]
"In the Dark" 2016 2
"Still Alive" 2
"The Broken" 36

Music videos[edit]

  • In the Dark

Appearances[edit]

  • The song "In the Dark" was featured as downloadable content for the video game Guitar Hero Live in 2017.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "NEW ALBUM, US AND THE NIGHT, AVAILABLE MARCH 11TH!". Three Doors Down. January 7, 2016. Archived from the original on January 9, 2016. Retrieved February 9, 2017.
  2. ^ "3 Doors Down "The Broken"". Republic Records. Archived from the original on November 19, 2016. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  3. ^ "3 Doors Down Reveal 'Us and the Night' Album Title". Loudwire. Retrieved January 12, 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Reviews for Us and the Night by 3 Doors Down". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved May 11, 2016.
  5. ^ a b Thomas Erlewine, Stephen. "Us and the Night - 3 Doors Down". AllMusic. Retrieved May 11, 2016.
  6. ^ a b Kivel, Adam (March 11, 2016). "3 Doors Down – Us and the Night". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved May 11, 2016.
  7. ^ a b Thomas, Jessica (March 24, 2016). "Album Review: 3 Doors Down – Us and the Night". Renowned for Sound. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
  8. ^ "Billboard 200". Billboard. April 2, 2016.
  9. ^ "Rock Albums". Billboard. April 2, 2016.
  10. ^ Kevin Rutherford (March 24, 2016). "Killswitch Engage, 3 Doors Down Lead Veteran Debuts on Rock Albums Charts". Billboard.
  11. ^ "Australiancharts.com – 3 Doors Down – Us and the Night". Hung Medien. Retrieved March 19, 2016.
  12. ^ "Austriancharts.at – 3 Doors Down – Us and the Night" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved March 24, 2016.
  13. ^ "Ultratop.be – 3 Doors Down – Us and the Night" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved March 19, 2016.
  14. ^ "3 Doors Down Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved March 22, 2016.
  15. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – 3 Doors Down – Us and the Night" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved March 19, 2016.
  16. ^ "Swisscharts.com – 3 Doors Down – Us and the Night". Hung Medien. Retrieved March 23, 2016.
  17. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 19, 2016.
  18. ^ "3 Doors Down Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved March 22, 2016.
  19. ^ "3 Doors Down Album & Song Chart History: Mainstream Rock Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 14, 2016.