Marvelous 3
Hey! Album


4.5
superb

Review

by Dr Dave De Sylvia STAFF
September 24th, 2005 | 19 replies | 5,857 views


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist


Break-up albums come thick and fast in the world of rock n� roll. Musicians are sensitive creatures, and break-ups tend to bring out the best (and worst) in them. Heartbreaker, Sea Change, Blood On The Tracks � classics, born from a broken relationship. Can we add the Marvelous 3�s 1999 debut Hey! Album to the list? Are the Atlanta threesome really as marvelous as they evidently want to be?

Hey! Album began life as a low-budget indie release which, upon huge local success, earned the band a major label deal with Elektra Records. The success of lead single Freak of The Week prompted the label to request the band re-record the album to, perhaps, its detriment. While the indie release was raw, confrontational, carefree, the commercial release was a slick production, note-perfect, and so shiny you could fix your tie in front of it. Judging by frontman Walker�s subsequent ventures in the business, this was his aim all along, but there are many who find much to grieve in the highly-polished direction taken by the singer/guitarist.

Musically, Hey! Album is an explosion of pure, glam-meets-power-pop bittersweet energy, but lyrically it�s all bitchy, baby. Opening track You�re So Yesterday sets the tone typically, with punky-pop guitars and a �do-de-dee-do-do� melody to die for. Cheap Trick have returned! No they haven�t! Lyrically, as the title suggests, it�s a straightforward �fuck you!� The chorus lyric is the kind we all wish we could write: clever but not too obvious, with enough ill-feeling to fill put the Israelis and Palestinians to shame.

You�re So Yesterday, miles away
Promised myself on New Year�s Day
I�d take a bath today, and wash you away
Saw all your little blonde hairs fall down the drain.


Oh what a joy it is to be in love.

Breakthrough single Freak Of The Week is, in Walker�s own words, �about coming to terms with selling out.� Allegedly acquiring the verse melody from The Byrds� �So You Wanna Be A Rock & Roll Star� and subsequently �acquired� almost note-for-note by frighteningly ugly popsters Good Charlotte for their hit �Girls & Boys�, the track centres around a truly irresistible chorus which will have even the indiest listener hooked for days. Coupled with references to a shrink who �swears he�s Elvis or something� who �wears the coolest suede shoes when I come in with the blues�, this song makes a very strong case for world domination.

Can you make me a promise
Stop this before we begin
Will you hold on to my head
If I ever lose it again


The sensitive and surprisingly well-written lyrics continue, with heartbroken pop song Until You See: �I watched you build a castle on a beach one rainy day/I saw it fall apart and roll out with the tide/I think there�s something metaphoric that I�m trying to say�� Write It On Your Hand resembles the opening track, with a similarly prevalent hook and bitter lyrics to recite at will: �Go and write it on your hand/So you don�t forget/Forget just what you had� Over The Head exudes a slightly more grown-up confidence, but the lyrics are no less juvenile: �Don�t take this wrong/I hope your arms are long/Cuz you�re gonna need them when I�m going over your head� Brilliant!

Sentimental pop ballad Let Me Go is somewhat more sympathetic, as the album enters its melancholic phase. Musically, the song is very spacious, clean chords are left to ring as Walker�s vocals take centre stage. And they�re brilliant vocals, the best on the album. The high-pitched chorus conveys copious amounts of (and I hate this musical term) �emotion�. Drummer Slug does what no rock drummer has ever done before and actually works out a beat which actually fits within the confines of the rock ballad. If only for that reason, this is a very special song, and lyrically steps up when required.

Please just let me go
If it�s all over, just tell me so
Please just let me go
And I won�t be your shadow anymore.


This wouldn�t be the last time Butch will betray his stalkerish instincts on record

Every Monday continues the bittersweet, compassionate mood though it�s considerably quirkier in its delivery. It would seem the song picks up as Walker checks in to a non-descript rental location having seen his relationship deteriorate and �sheds 5 bitter tears into 5 bitter beers� The clever-but-not-really lyrics abound on this one, with the singer proudly announcing �I called up Marie, she�ll have sex for free, but for ten bucks an hour she�ll listen to me talk about rockstars and models on dope and why I can�t cope with this scene.� Move over Bob Dylan�

Every Monday I get this pain
Every Wednesday it hits my brain
Every Friday I die
Cuz everyday I still want you
.

Indie Queen is the standard tale of the outsider which Butch is all too fond of writing. Assumedly about his ex, it details the life of the �indie queen�, whose life is oh so hard and it�s oh so hard to fit in. �Well you can fly into London with a coke and a smile, but give it 24 hours and 4000 miles and it�s all just another day away from one less tear to cry.� Musically the song builds, becoming abruptly heavier before becoming lighter for the chorus, which alone sets it apart from the rest of the album. #27 and Mrs. Jackson are both passable tracks, sandwiched together towards the album�s conclusion. #27 gets extra props for references to �Blur and The Cure and Oasis� but suffers from a lyrically and musically stale chorus. Mrs. Jackson is an incomprehensible song about some film star or other, which disappointingly bears no real relation to Outkast or Janet Jackson.

Vampires In Love is another album highlight which features dumb lyrics which really shouldn�t work, but in the context come across as nothing but charming. Very few lyricists would be brave enough to attempt lines (indeed, lyricists usually embrace other types of lines far more readily) like: �You know that I suck at this, you suck at it too and now we�re nothing more than vampires in love� Cheesy or witty? Who cares, it works! Musically, the song is the strongest on the album, building with a driving melodic bassline through sparse acoustic guitar and beautiful Sweet Child O� Mine-esque lead guitar on the chorus. Beautiful.

And so we reach the climax of the barely 47-minute album. Lemonade, which clocks in at an admirable six minutes, is the last track and continues the cheesy but again, sensitive lyrics. It perhaps tells of a certain insecurity that Walker feels the need to dress his emotions up with cheeky imagery, but a lot of the time it simply works. The song itself fades out to a barroom piano ditty recited in the style of the great Victorian poets, which is a suitably grand, and strange, conclusion to the album.

Hey! Album, despite the sometimes over-polished, clean production, is an emotionally raw record with the power to connect, the power to move and, thankfully, the power to rock one�s socks off. Bravo!

There�s a lot I could say
There�s a lot I could do
If I had it my way, but I don�t and you do
It makes me throw up to say
That I gave a lot, and now I�m shot
Shit like that�s like sour lemonade




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morrissey
Moderator
September 25th 2005



1688 Comments


Just commenting on the very nice review, I haven't heard it yet though.

Voted yes

Jawaharal
September 25th 2005



1832 Comments


woohooo
Grateful finally made it to top 15. Great review too.

Med57
Moderator
September 25th 2005



1001 Comments


Who was it?

Oh yeah, and excellent review as usual, Mr. Grateful Dead/Spat Out Plath. I don't think I've ever heard of these guys before, but they sound like something I'd like.This Message Edited On 09.25.05

CushMG15
October 7th 2005



1802 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

*Sigh*, gone are the days when pop-punk and the like weren't a mockery. Solid disc. Is "Ready, Sex, Go" any good? i'm kind of tentative on picking it up...if I can even find it.

Great review as well, Rock on.

CushMG15
October 9th 2005



1802 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cool, i might pick it up.

On The Edge
December 1st 2005



27 Comments


Great Album and a very good review. This album is definetly a 5/5 in my books.

Best songs are Your so Yesterday, Freak of the Week and Let me go.

Butch Walker fanboy, out.

ktstein
February 16th 2006



438 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You say that you dont think anyone's ever heard of them? Man, I used to LOVE these guys! They broke up about 3 or 4 years ago, and their last week, I saw them 3 times. They had a really large following in Atlanta (our hometown). Butch Walker was one hell of a songwriter, and an insane performer. Their show was full of crazy choreographed guitar strumming windmills, jumping over/sliding under each other, and other awesome stuff. If you've ever seen Story of the Year live, they ripped TM3 off. Anyways, this is an easy 4.5/5 for me. I'm usually a fan of heavier music, and this is a little poppier than I usually prefer, but I'd definately recommend this to any fan of rock music.

ktstein
February 17th 2006



438 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Definately, if they ever do a reunion, I'm there. Not a moshing kind of show, but definately a lot of fun!

ktstein
February 17th 2006



438 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

NO, just the Elektra version. How is the indie version?

ktstein
February 19th 2006



438 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks man...that's sweet!

The Sludge
July 14th 2006



2169 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I just cant get enough of Every Monday, infact I just love this entire album, it never gets old.

morrissey
Moderator
July 15th 2006



1688 Comments


How the hell did a Marvelous 3 review get two pages already.

Good work and all that, this album is good pop/rock stuff.

edit: after I deleted the retarded comments by plex it went down to one page. This Message Edited On 07.15.06

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
July 15th 2006



16081 Comments


never heard them maybe I should
there see two pages

The Sludge
July 15th 2006



2169 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Well, I dont know to look into Butch's new album. I mean I enjoyed his solo work, but the new one it seems he has adapted a new glammish sound. I dont know, I just wasnt digging it on their myspace page.

tuff
October 31st 2007



62 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I like Butch Walker's solo albums better (except for The Rise and Fall Of...).

Vampires In Love is the best track.

Tyler
Emeritus
October 31st 2007



7928 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The Rise and Fall Of Butch Walker rules!

tuff
October 31st 2007



62 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The Rise and Fall was laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaame. Especially considering it was the same guy who released Letters and Left of Self-Centered.

Butch Walker is at his best when he's writing super-catchy hooks, which Rise and Fall is very sparse with >=[

dub sean
March 21st 2008



980 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

ya this music is not my style, my dad brought home a promo of this.

ktstein
December 3rd 2008



438 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Popped this in the other day...yes, it still rules and somehow I remember all the words.

"I've been shit on before, I've had other doors slammed in my face. But it's cool, I'll just go back to school, and learn how to lie to you better!!!"

Rock on Butch



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