Album – Before They Were Famous Volume I – 3 Blind Mice

Posted by admin on November 29th, 2005

I heard 3 Blind Mice the first time a few weeks ago on the Digital Flotsam podcast. Since then I think I’ve heard them on a further 3 or 4 podcasts, including right now as I listen to the latest BitJobs for the Masses podcast. Their style of music is very mellow, sort of folk with a hint of pop/rock. I’ve heard them compared to early Genesis and until I heard that, I had a real problem trying to think of anyone they actually sound like. Even now, I think the only other band I can think of is Steely Dan. That’s’ not a bad thing in my mind, as I think it’s a very powerful to have your own distinct sound, as long it’s something people will enjoy.

Before They Were Famous Volume 1, is the first in a two part set and contains 8 original songs :

  1. Hellbound Eyes
  2. Let Me In
  3. The Bear Lies Down
  4. Doing The Best I Can
  5. The Sun Still Shines
  6. Piggy In The Middle
  7. Jack & Billy
  8. Welcome to the Water

of which tracks 3 and 7 are downloadable from the bands website. I’ve played the album numerous times as I normally do and have left the CD in the car a few times. Consequently my wife has had a good chance to listen to the album a few times and she also loves it. This is one of those great albums to play on a Sunday afternoon, whilst getting comfy next to the fireplace, with a nice mug of hot chocolate. It just has that feel good vibe to it.

I think the only real criticism I have is the album length. At just over 30 or so minutes, it’s a little on the short side, which seems to be a popular occurrence lately with albums, but still this is one fabulous sounding album. “Let Me In” is my favorite track on the album, however “Piggy in the Middle” isn’t far behind and has one of those hooks that keeps you humming it long after it’s finished.

Conclusion : If you like to relax and listen to something a bit laid back, this is a great album. I’m looking forward to hearing more from them in the future.

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