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WAKE PIG

3

 

Crossover Prog

3.58 | 49 ratings

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Tarquin Underspoon
3 stars This is a pretty good album. Nothing more, nothing less.

3, the crossover band from Woodstock, really hit a home run for me with their last release, "The End is Begun". After hearing it, I scrambled to purchase the previous release, Wake Pig. My overall impression?

Meh.

3's strength lies in their ability to mix ambitious prog songs with a pop rock sensibility to produce an infectiously catchy sound that appeals to both fans of prog and mainstream rock. My beef with this album is that it simply sounds too ordinary and poppy after listening to The End is Begun (if you are just starting out with 3, I highly suggest you buy that album first).

The opener, Alien Angel, is a catchy pop rock song that quickly became stale to me. There simply isn't too much in this song below the surface. Although a pretty little surface it is.

Next comes Monster, a heavier, proggier song that is my favorite from Wake Pig. A Latin groove drives this song along. This is really the highlight of the album for me. Very catchy as well.

The title track is a grower. At first, I didn't think much of it, but the melodies eventually seeped into my brain after about 3 listens. A great, marching song with an epic chorus. Love it. It segues into a great Joey Eppard guitar solo, Bramfatura. Jaw-dropping guitarist, great composition.

Two other songs that deserve mention: One Way Town - not a spot of prog here to my ears, but a really catchy and fun song. Where's Max - the proggiest (or should I just say "oddest") song here. Very offbeat, which is exactly the kind of thing I'm into most of the time.

Other than the aforementioned songs, I really don't believe anything else on the album deserves mention. A pity, really...the high points here are high indeed, but the rest of the album is simply average and doesn't catch my attention at all. A solid album, nonetheless, and a nice precursor to their excellent album to come.

Tarquin Underspoon | 3/5 |

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