Album : Before They Were Famous Volume II – 3 Blind Mice

Posted by admin on December 11th, 2005

I make no secret of the fact that I’m a big fan of this band. This is the second volume of their Before They Were Famous series and although recorded at around the same time as volume 1, it has a much more rounded sound with some great harmonies. The song Emily Has Compassionate Fatique was the track that first brought the band to my attention and it is still my favorite song of theirs. It’s one of those songs that fools you with it’s simplicity, but man does it tick in your head. Another of the wonderful thing about this track is the lyrics. Where else can you find a line like “pizza eats a millions tree”, fantastic stuff.

I’m finding a pattern at the moment, in that I often find the opening track of a CD to be my favorite. I wonder if this is bands putting their strongest track first, or mere coincidence.

With 8 tracks this is again a little on the short side, but what it lacks in quantity, it more than makes up for in quality. Storyteller has one of those great openings with beautiful harmonies that unfold into a wonderfully simple melodic piece. Other stand out tracks on this CD are Don’t Go Telling me and Baby and All.

A special mention has to go to track 6, Steel, which is a song of epic proportions, not only in it’s very Genesis sounding production, but also in it’s epic 10 minute 33 seconds length. It starts very simply and build and builds. A very interesting sounding song, which I’m sure was very interesting song to produce.

Conclusion : For anyone who is a fan of 3 Blind Mice, you won’t need any prompting to go out and buy this CD. For anyone who hasn’t heard 3 Blind Mice before, I personally would say this is the best of the two CDs, to purchase first. With a new album on the horizon I’m looking forward to hearing a lot more from them in the near future.

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