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3.2 'Third Impressions' Album Review By JD Rich

3.2

Third Impressions

Frontiers Music s.r.l.

February 12, 2021

Album Review By JD Rich

Boston Rock Radio

 

 

I’ve never really been a math person. Numbers give me headaches and make me go cross-eyed. Add a long and tangled web of musical relationships, breakups, reformations, and tragedy...and I’m reaching for a stiff drink and an abacus. However, beauty is often born from chaos. In this case, beauty’s name is Third Impressions. This is the second album by Prog-Rock duo 3.2, technically the third studio album if you count the band’s original incarnation, simply called 3. This is where things may get a little tricky and confusing, so I’ll try to walk you through it so you know how the two bands can often be mistaken for the same thing. Let’s go back to 1988 when American musician Robert Berry teamed up with two-thirds of ELP, Carl Palmer and Keith Emerson, in the trio known as 3. Simple enough so far. A year later, 3 called it quits, and all was quiet for about 26 years. In 2015, Berry and Emerson decided to resurrect their musical collaboration. Without Palmer, 3 seemed kinda silly for a band name (I’m paraphrasing here), so it was settled: 3.2 was the new moniker. Still with me? Don’t worry, I’ll get to the actual review after a bit of backstory, so please bear with me. Conversations were had, ideas were shared, contracts were signed, and everything was coming together for a new album. Until the following March, when suddenly (insert dramatic music sting here), Keith Emerson made his final exit from this plane of existence. Completely blindsided and in shock, Berry understandably shelved the project. Until now. After five years of collecting dust, Berry went back and finished what began so long ago, resulting in the bittersweet EP Third Impressions.

Here, Emerson lives on through the music with his distinct keyboard parts that can easily be identified, making his physical absence all the more of a gut-punch. The man was a keyboard wizard and shall always be rightfully regarded as a musical legend. Third Impressions is a celebration not only of Prog-Rock, but also a glorious tribute to Keith Emerson. The album shines with thick audio theatricality often neglected in Contemporary Rock. The versatility of multiple styles appeals to music fans who appreciate different musical textures while remaining true to the core of the main format. Blues-Rock, film noir-Blues, Classic Rock (with a more modern touch), even a bit of Bayou Blues...all tossed in the musical blender to create one hell of an audio smoothie. Tenacity and victory are the overall vibes. It’s obvious Berry spent extra time to take special care in making sure Emerson’s legacy lives on. His vocals are strong and sincere, a true testament to his determination.‚Äč

This EP is a beacon for music lovers of all Rock subgenres. Except for Thrash and Heavy Metal. Shocking as it may seem (taste the sarcasm), none of that can be found on Third Impressions. What you will find are ten tracks of optimism featuring blistering keyboards, accomplishment, and a sweet tribute. Third Impressions is set for release on February 12th, just short of five years after we said goodbye to Emerson, may he Rest In Peace knowing his final hurrah is one of great depth and beauty.

 

Watch 'A Fond Farewell' here: https://youtu.be/FhZ7-8K2oP0

 

 

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