Minneapolis is such an underrated city for music, even with the likes of Prince as a beacon for that city. Husker Du, The Replacements, and Soul Asylum all call The Twin Cities home as well. It’s a great place for a particular brand of rock music to thrive and new music from 3 Pill Morning is no different. Never Look Back is the band’s follow up to their 2012 debut Top 100 Black Tie Love Affair and continues to highlight the band’s melodic, but heavy, sound.
One of the first things I noticed about Never Look Back is that the entire record was crowd funded with the help of the quartet’s fans. I found this fact to be pretty special as in this day of social media, with not much assistance from record labels, fans sporting a couple bucks to hear their favorite artists must mean a lot to those who are playing.
The album burns out of the gate with “Electric Chair”, featuring a deep rhythm section and bass heavy guitar with an instantly singable chorus. This song sets the tone for the rest of the record with melodic, well-written songs, slick production and a hard-hitting sound that, while not original, is nonetheless done very well. “The Queen”, is much like “Electric Chair” with different notes. “Escape” would be a good workout song, “Never Look Back” is good background music at a party. “Vultures” is the token mid-album slow dance.
While I think the record is good, there is not much variance in the music. 3 Pill Morning found a formula that worked for them and did not waver from that path much. Where they did waver we find “Tonight I Wrote a Song For You” which I tried really hard to get through, but, in my opinion, it was a misstep. Some of the lyrics also steer into my 5th grade poetry notebook, and feel Trent Reznor-worthy, which is not a dis, but if you’re looking for lyrical and literary parallels in the music, this album is not it.
With that being said, Never Look Back is overall, a good record. 2112 it is not, but it doesn’t have to be, and doesn’t strive for it. However, I will be one of those crowd-funders next time around.
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