3 have been around since the early 90’s and in that time they have released six albums, The Ghost You Gave To Me is their seventh and quite possibly their strongest yet. This is an album they’ve described as “THE album we’ve been working towards our entire career” and it shows.
3 have always (well almost always, we’ll forget their last album, Revisions!) produced well-written, well-performed music covering the progressive and metal genres. They like to keep their listeners guessing and don’t like to be pigeon holed by producing music which covers a whole host of genres. And The Ghost You Gave To Me is no different.
Joey Eppard utilises his tenor vocals on this album to contrast between ghostlike vocals which create haunting chills and stronger heavier vocals which evoke a passionate response from the listener. The instrumental aspects of this album are well thought-out and put together, they fit perfectly with the vocals and have been mixed for optimum listening pleasure, with no instrument being drowned out by another.
This isn’t an album which is easy to pigeon hole into one genre. Songs such as Sparrow and High Times early in the album sit comfortably in the progressive genre. Then there are songs such as One With The Sun which have a more acoustic rock feel to them, which are supported by a strong bass and drum line. The multi-genre feel to this album continues through the album covering everything from hard rock to metal. This makes a nice change and whilst the album flows nicely each song is unique in it’s own way and gives Joey Eppard the opportunity to demonstrate the broad range his voice is capable of.
The Ghost You Gave To Me show that 3 are continuing to exceed their own and our expectations. This album is far superior to any other album they have produced and will be a tough one for them to beat.
This review was originally written for Alternative Matter, a site which has now closed down.