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Three - The End Is Begun CD (album) cover




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3.98 | 128 ratings

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3 stars The End is Begun is the fifth album from american rock band Three. I donīt normally review the fifth album from a band before reviewing their previous albums but Iīve been listening to The End is Begun a lot since I discovered the band and I feel a need to review it now instead of in a couple of years when I have had the time to listen to and review their previous albums.

The music on The End is Begun is Soft hard rock/ heavy rock inspired by the likes of Rush ( from Counterparts and forth), Tiles, Kingīs X, a bit of Dream Theater and Enchant. The songs are generally vers/ chorus formulaic which at the beginning of the album isnīt a problem as the melody lines and the arrangements are really strong. Just listen to the acoustic rhythm guitar playing in the title track. Itīs a really great feature. The first five songs are all of this high quality and number six Serpents in Disguise is pretty good too even though things do start to get a bit trivial at this point.

From number 7 until 12 the quality drops a bit too much and Three begins to play something that sounds like Kingīs X boring college rock sound. This is really too bad as the first part of the album plus the last song called The Last Day are soft progressive rock songs with intriguing parts and memorable melody lines. Maybe itīs just a matter of quantity over quality. Three could easily have cut away 3 or 4 of the most formulaic vers/ chorus boring college rock songs and still The End is Begun would have had a playing time that would clock in at about 40 minutes. This will affect my final rating.

The musicianship is really good. Singer and guitarist Joey Eppard has a really distinct almost languishing voice that I really enjoy. He actually has a pretty wide range and does sing pretty varied. The guitar solos are very good when they appear and one of the best things about this album is the drums playing from Chris 'Gartdrumm' Gartmann. He plays small additional things that makes his playing very good and diverse even though the large portion of songs are pretty straight rock songs.

The production is excellent. A very professional sounding production with the emphasis on the vocals.

The cover artwork is beautiful but signals a more progressive music style than what is offered on the album.

The End is Begun is unfortunately a bit of a deceiving album. I was sure I was gonna give the album 4 stars after listening to the first half of the album which is really excellent and memorable. But my overall impression after listening to the entire album many times is that itīs a good album but a bit trivial vers/ chorus for my taste. I also feel that there are too many filler songs on the album that I could have done without. Do yourself a favour and listen to the first five songs though as they are excellent. This will be a 3 star rating.

UMUR | 3/5 |


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