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- Posted on Jun 20th 2008 2:30PM by Adam Horne
Three Days Grace: 'Pain' (CD single): Though admittedly I am no fan of the alt-metal genre, I recognized the name Three Days Grace as the band who helmed 2004's teen angst anthem 'I Hate Everything About You.' My expectations for the band's new single were perhaps unfairly low -- partly because of the album cover, which features the lead singer sporting a Chris Gaines haircut and placing one hand meditatively on his chin, possibly pondering such eloquent lyrical mind-blowisms as 'Anger and agony/Are better than misery.' Agony better than misery? Who knew.
Musically, the tune is pretty safe -- an inoffensive mid-tempo rocker with a standard soft verse/loud chorus formula (surprisingly, 'Pain' is one of those unique cases where the verse is catchier than the hook). The interesting part comes at 2:35 when the band drops out except for a pulsing, synthesized woodwind sound, and for 15 seconds, 'Pain' turns into a Jon Brion song. All in all, there's not much here to really love or hate: The guys can definitely write a nice melody, but the lyrics border on bad high school poetry. Again, this type of radio-friendly grunge is not what typically fills my iPod, but I'm sure there is an audience whom 3DG's music speaks to. Personally, I'll take a pass.