Us and the Night
Label: Universal Music S.A.
Us and the Night is a sleek and utterly electric album that reflects 3 Doors Down’s unique ability to adapt to ever-evolving pop trends. While it boasts several bruising rockers that will appeal to diehard fans (see both “Still Alive” and “Love Is a Lie”), the cuts that really jump out boldly incorporate touches of EDM-based instrumentation and funk grooves. With its flickering synthesizers and programmed percussion, “The Broken” sees 3 Doors Down unleashing their own brand of 21st-century club music. “In the Dark” is even more audacious, with its hard-grooving syncopation and erotic lyricism. The absurdly catchy “Believe It” may be more riff-centric, yet its crisp rhythmic propulsion belies the band’s love for ZZ Top’s own fusion of rock and dance music during their Eliminator years.