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3.51 | 38 ratings

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3 stars 3rdegree is an american band with a moderate succes 'till now in prog rock realm, even they are formed for more thne 20 years. They released so far 3 albums, first one in 1993 on cassette, this one released on CD 3 years later Human interest story. This album got me mix feelings about their music, I don't know from where to grab them. The album is a long one, maybe to long for me over an hour, 16 piece, all around 4-5 min, with some exceptions, Is not a complex prog what they offered here, is a tipycal amaricanized sound, something between King's X in places some Spock's Beared influences, in the end not bad , but to bland for my taste, to mid tempo moments are present here. I must say that this album and their next one aswell is a good example of cross over prog, all the arrangements from here doesn't break any grounds, sometimes it sounds like an unppligged album, with to many acustical guitar moments. Sporadicaly some keybords appear to make the atmosphere more intristing, but is not enough for my taste, I need more complex parts, not just verse/chorus and that's all. The guitar parts are more then ok, what really botherme is the lack of diversity in compositions, with exceptions are opening track, the title Human Interest Story and 13m mistakes with a great instrumental intro , the rest are just ok, nothing really impressive. Well, a fair album , that at some point must be discovered by prog listners, but don't expect to something really intristing or inovative, is usual stuff, at least for me. 3 stars
b_olariu | 3/5 |


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