Life Starts Now is the third studio album by Canadian rock band Three Days Grace. The album was released on September 22, 2009. It is the band's second album produced by Howard Benson, after its commercially successful predecessor One-X. It has sold more than 347,510 copies as of April 07, 2010 in the US.
After being on the road for five years with Three Days Grace, bassist Brad Walst stated, "We all came home and got a hard dose of life," which the band then used to create a more "musically in-depth and personal album". He describes Life Starts Now as a record about "confronting life and how fragile it can be". Pre-production for Life Starts Now began in January 2009 while the band began recording the music in Vancouver in March. The album was completed in August of the same year. After finalizing all aspects of the album, they officially announced that the album would be released on September 22, 2009.
Sales and ReceptionEdit
The album debuted at number three on the Billboard 200, selling 79,000 copies in the U.S. in its first week, thus becoming the band's highest charting album to date. The album also debuted on the Billboard Top Rock Albums chart at number two, along with "Break" which peaked at number 1 on the Billboard Rock Songs chart and "The Good Life" at number 85 on the Canadian Hot 100. The album has been nominated for Best Rock Album at the 2010 Juno awards. The album was met with mostly mixed reviews. Ben Rayner of the Toronto Star gave the album a negative review, saying it possesses "no sound of its own, just a shallow range between Nickelback and Linkin Park". According to Allmusic reviewer James Christopher Monger, who gave the album three out of five stars, Life Starts Now continues the theme of One-X, Gontier's personal demons, but with a "hint of sunlight". He compliments the album, saying it "treats the well-worn metal themes of anger, isolation, heartache, and redemption with the kind of begrudging respect they deserve, pumping out a competent flurry of fist-bump anthems and world-weary, midtempo rockers". Harsher negative reviews came from Ben Czajkowski from 411mania.com as he described the album as "Boring, bland, trite, tired, tried, and true are all words that I would use to describe Life Starts Now, the latest from Three Days Grace". The song "Goin' Down" was featured in a April, 2010 commericial for the television show Criminal Minds.
All songs written and composed by Three Days Grace. No. Title Length 1. "Bitter Taste" 4:02 2. "Break" 3:13 3. "World So Cold" 4:03 4. "Lost In You" 3:53 5. "The Good Life" 2:53 6. "No More" 3:45 7. "Last to Know" 3:27 8. "Someone Who Cares" 4:52 9. "Bully" 3:39 10. "Without You" 3:34 11. "Goin' Down" 3:06 12. "Life Starts Now" 3:08 Japanese Release No. Title Length 13. "World So Cold (Piano Version)" 4:20
The album's first single, "Break", was released on September 1, 2009, to radio stations as well as on their official web site, and on iTunes on September 4, 2009. The music video was released on September 14, 2009. The second single, "The Good Life" received radio airplay on February 9, 2010, while the official video was released on April 28.