Three Days Grace
(RCA Records)

Making catchy tunes has been Three Days Grace’s forte. They’ve had a dozen number ones on the Active Rock charts. Since 2012’s Transit of Venus album (arguably their best), and the departure of original singer Adam Gontier, however, the alternative rock quartet has changed their sound. The difference comes over with Human—most noticeably with new vocalist Matt Walst’s voice and heaps of synthesizer and programming. “Painkiller” and “One Too Many” use addiction metaphors—love and dope–a formulaic recipe the band has used in previous albums. Human could be dubbed a concept album with the human condition as the theme. The songs’ hit on feelings and emotions everyone can relate to, like alienation, rejection, and despair. Human might provide an adequate backdrop for those pensive, malcontented teens that haven’t found Morrissey yet. (Charlie Steffens)

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