The Residents
God in Three Persons


5.0
classic

Review

by TheResidents619 USER (7 Reviews)
May 15th, 2006 | 5 replies | 5,506 views


Release Date: 1988 | Tracklist


0 of 2 thought this review was well written

Not so much an album as it is an opera, The Resident's "God in Three Persons" is truly like nothing you've ever heard before. It is a work of "talking-blues" for narrator, electronic instruments, and chorus. The disc is mainly dominated by the narrator who does not sing, but rather speaks in a Southern twang. The music provided by the electronic instruments is strikingly simple, yet highly emotional. The chorus only comes in on occasion, adding phrases like "something's coming, but not real soon" and "this is a sad part, oh, such a sad part". What the narrator is speaking about exactly throughout this piece is open to the listener's interpretation. Topics can range from religion to sexual imagery (easily noticeable in the cover). The piece in it self sounds simple, but like most Residents albums, is extremely thought out. For example, the whole piece is based on the same stress scheme of Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven". Also, the music reflects the words perfectly. The Resident's employ Wagnerian thirds for mythic import and dominant triplets for teenage love story. This can only be understood by hearing it for yourself, and everyone should hear this album, which is a true masterpiece of music.



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masada
May 15th 2006



2733 Comments


Nice blurb.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
May 15th 2006



16071 Comments


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Bfhurricane
May 15th 2006



6194 Comments


A little short for a review, this doesn't exactly make me want to hear it, but I love religious/moral music so i may have to check this out

Anxious
May 16th 2006



5 Comments


This is a great album... you did a great job describing its since it is a hard album to write about.

TheCrazyCam
November 30th 2013



1 Comments


This plagiarizes Allmusic's review of the album, with slight rearrangement. It is a good review, nevertheless, but give credit to "Blue" Gene Tyranny.



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