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3rd Genesis

Vivid Light

Review by Gary Hill

Fans of the singer songwriter style of pop rock should enjoy this disc. It’s a cool EP that, while not exceptionally unique, delivers four good performances of accessible, acoustically based, pop rock. It’s got a modern sound, but has tendrils in the classic rock of the 1970’s. It’s a good debut and shows talent and potential. Here’s to seeing what comes next from 3rd Genesis.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2008  Volume 3 at lulu.com/strangesound.

Track by Track Review
Road to Grace
A dramatic ballad approach with a combination of both classic rock and more modern sounds serves as the order of the day here. The instrumental arrangement is strong. It gets more powerful in terms of its arrangement as they carry forward. It’s a cool tune with a very accessible feel to it. The piano is one of the key instruments here, but the guitar also finds chances to shine here and there.

I Will
This one is also in a ballad motif, but the guitar is more the driving force on this one. It has a bit more of an alternative rock approach and seems just a bit more meaty to this reviewer. It’s got a more dramatic vocal arrangement, too. In all, I’d just say I like this one better.
Lately
While in some ways this track has a bit of a boy-band texture, the vocal arrangement is multi-layered and saves the piece from falling into the realm of lameness. I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite track on the EP – actually the opposite, but it’s still good.

Forever Now and Then
This last piece is apparently recorded live – at least the intro feels that way and there is applause at the end, but it really doesn’t seem live. It’s another guitar based balladic piece, but it’s my favorite on show here. It’s well written and delivered with style.
 
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