Seventeen Days

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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3 Doors Down delivers; best for older teens.

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The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Guitar-fueled, overwrought emotion will be appealing to many teens.


Some haunting and poetic, but disturbing, imagery.


Nothing explicit; some innuendo.


Clean enough for older teens.


Nothing obvious.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A couple of references to drinking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that haunting imagery accompanies messages of guilt, love, hope and redemption with a hard Southern-rock edge.

User Reviews

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Adult Written bytedlilly April 9, 2008

A Masterpiece of Storytelling

This is the most underrated and one of the greatest rock albums of all time. The lyrics are thought-provoking and extremely visual, and the songs are delivered... Continue reading
Adult Written bytlilly April 9, 2008


Seventeen Days is the best rock album that has been released in years. The songs are very well written and tell the story of a troubled teenager growing up in a... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written by3DD Fan May 15, 2014

Great album by three doors down has some brief mature content.

In the album Seventeen Days there is some mature content that makes this album only for older teens. There's very brief language: Damn, Hell. And in one so... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byink January 22, 2010

What's the story?

On SEVENTEEN DAYS, the members of 3 Doors Down turn in appealing journeyman performances with a classic Southern-rock edge.

Is it any good?

Singing and playing are professional and powerful. Production standards are excellent, making every track crystal clear. One high point, the power ballad "Landing in London," features a vocal assist from Bob Seger on a sentimental anthem to homesick love. The band shines on medium-tempo rockers with strong guitar riffs and almost-over-the-top vocal delivery.

Maximum enjoyment of SEVENTEEN DAYS requires some suspension of disbelief, as the mood is one of consistently overwrought emotion. But there's something to be said for really well-done overwrought emotion, and these guys have it nailed. The songs are appealing and accessible, exceptionally well-delivered, and occasionally tell haunting stories with poetic sophistication. Some disturbing imagery and phrasing make this more appropriate for older teens.

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  • Families can talk about the stories the songs tell and discuss their interpretations of them.

Music details

  • Artist: 3 Doors Down
  • Release date: February 8, 2005
  • Label: Universal
  • Genre: Rock
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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