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Revisions


3.5
great

Review

by Caleb McAlpine USER (109 Reviews)
October 29th, 2009 | 60 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Welcome to the Joey Eppard show.

Somewhere deep in Joey Eppard's cellular structure lies a code; a musical algorithm ingrained in his very being. This genetic mishap seems to have transformed him into a mysterious creature of sorts - he's been blessed with a positively remarkable set of vocal chords, otherworldly acoustic guitar skills and the ability to write ridiculously great songs in nearly any genre. However, his giftings are not without a price. With the exception of 3's debut album Paint By Number and his solo record Been to the Future, his talent for writing albums has been hemorrhaged by his incurable desire to write poppy singer-songwriter tunes. When 3 switched gears into progressive mode with Wake Pig and The End Is Begun, he and the band chose to include poppier, stranger cuts like 'Live Entertainment' and 'One Way Town', which, in retrospect, was a stupid idea, as the brooding theatrics of each album was lessened significantly by the out-of-place songs. But they weren't bad songs; not at all - they just didn't belong on said records. Now with Revisions, 3 seem to address the issue of out-of-place songs: for the first time since Eppard's solo album in 2002, 3 have shifted their focus from progressive music back to a more poppy, basic sound. Revisions, while not quite their best work, manages to be both a homage to the band's roots and the climactic release of Eppard's pent-up need to write poppier music.

If you've listened to any of 3's earlier work (or Joey Eppard's solo work, for that matter), you'll recognize plenty of the songs featured on Revisions. Suitably remaining true to the album's namesake, the album is a set of songs that have been dredged up from the band's vault and revised, giving them new life and a new audience. Plucked straight from 2003's Summercamp Nightmare, the early-Radiohead sound of 'Fable' is brightened up by a fuller production and improved ten-fold by Eppard's consistently improving vocals (his vocals are undoubtedly the album's strongest element, for a change). Songs such as opener 'Anyone Human' and the completely instrumental 'Lexicon of Extremism' retain the band's haunting sound while shamelessly casting the spotlight on Eppard's impressive acoustic guitar work. Quite simply, Revisions completely succeeds at creating what is essentially just a 'fun' record -- try not to become completely immersed in the layered bridge of 'You've Been Shot' or the quick tempo gallop of 'Rabid Animals'.

Unfortunately for 3, any band member on Revisions whose name isn't Joey Eppard is easily forgettable. While Paint By Number was an album that contained equal performances from every musician despite it's poppiness, Revisions fails to see the band sharing the spotlight and working cohesively. Billy Riker's guitar work has become wholly indistinctive (in contrast to his rather unique style on The End Is Begun), bassist Daniel Grimsland sounds conspicuously like a session musician and Chris Gartmann's drumming, while absolutely fine, is absolutely unremarkable. While the heart and soul of Revisions is Eppard's guitar work and vocals, the rest of the band completely neglected to give the album a backbone; it's spineless and a bit uninspired far too often. The lyrics on Revisions probably should've been revised and freshened up as well -- surely they could've fixed up lines like "To get a car you need a job, but to get a job you need a car". Yet the biggest fault of Revisions is how generally apathetic it feels; it doesn't just lack the musical punch of their more recent work, but it also seems to lack the sincerity.

So, yes, Revisions is basically The Joey Eppard Show and little more - it provides great acoustic guitar work, spectacular vocal work and plenty of hooks. While the loss of full-band cohesiveness is disappointing and the general sense of apathy is a bit of a downer, Revisions is still a lot of fun. It's not their best work, it could've been better, but it is still absolutely worth a listen.



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Waior
October 29th 2009


11460 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Any help with the recommendations, those who've heard this? Can't think of any.

kris proofed for me, review is for jrowa001

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
October 29th 2009


15051 Comments


totally glad to see you back reviewing


obviously since youre waior the opening paragraph seems a little heavy-handed :P

i think you may mention that guy joey eppard a little too much and the review thus seems to repeat itself but great job other than that. for some reason the last sentence seems a little 'dry' to me but whatever

no recs because i have no idea who 3 are

Wizard
October 29th 2009


19523 Comments


Well written review dude. I could never get into their album The End is Begun and you mentioned more poppy so....

Digging: Godflesh - A World Lit Only By Fire

bungy
October 29th 2009


8843 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I love the vocals

Waior
October 29th 2009


11460 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

someguest, I liked his vocals on The End Is Begun but they're even better here. To each his own, I suppose.

I can take away some of the emphasis on Eppard away but as I said, this is his album and not much more.

bungy
October 29th 2009


8843 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

and lexicon of extremism is a cool song

ziroth
October 29th 2009


1252 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Woohoo Mr. McAlpine is back! I might have to check this out.

Waior
October 29th 2009


11460 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I didn't like Lexicon of Extremism nearly as much as Bramfatara.

bungy
October 29th 2009


8843 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I love both...just listened to them and personally i think bramfatura is a little better

Waior
October 29th 2009


11460 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

ziroth's basically been around for as long as I have, pretty sure.

What's your rating for it, Taylor?

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
October 29th 2009


15051 Comments


"Question for Waior, why do so many of these shitty new users ride your dick so much? Do you lure them with candy or lego?"


idk maybe because he's a nice dude and we appreciate good people on this site WAIT NO IT CANT BE ITS TOO SIMPLE

ziroth
October 29th 2009


1252 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Question for Waior, why do so many of these shitty new users ride your dick so much? Do you lure them with candy or lego?


TROLL NEG TIME!

drugs, actually

btw, is there a reason you're constantly being a douche?

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
October 29th 2009


8010 Comments


I can never get into this band because of the vocals

Digging: Beach Slang - Cheap Thrills On A Dead End Street

Waior
October 29th 2009


11460 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Also, the band is (apparently) recording another album for 2010 with Roadrunner. So, I assume this album was just kind of a "goodbye metal blade contract!"-kind of release.

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
October 29th 2009


8010 Comments


Don't worry, Roadrunner will turn them into Black Tide. That is what Roadrunner does

WhiteWallStargazers
October 29th 2009


2647 Comments


so mannyyyy big words......brain...can..can cannot comprehe hend.......

ianjulian
October 29th 2009


632 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good band

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jrowa001
October 30th 2009


8750 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

havent listened to this yet. will do soon

Douglas
October 30th 2009


9118 Comments


Whoa, didn't even notice that you reviewed this

IanDavila
October 30th 2009


442 Comments


Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaah!!!!! Caleb is back baby!!!!



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