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EDITORS’ NOTES

Seven Mary Three emerged in the mid-90s with “Cumbersome,” an unexpected and clunky grunge rock hit that felt like a parody of the era’s most over-sincere qualities. Few looked past the single and the group was unfairly maligned as just another band jumping on the Pearl Jam bandwagon. In his most extreme moments, singer Jason Ross does caterwaul like Eddie Vedder, but over the years Ross has gained perspective and in 2008 sounds much more like a seasoned alt-country heartland rocker with his share of truth to share. The band has never faltered and while their songwriting has taken years to mature to a consistent level there are plenty of worthwhile tunes sprinkled throughout their catalog. Here, “Hammer and a Stone” purrs with confidence. “Strangely at Home Here” is a back porch ballad. “Last Kiss” and “Laughing Out Loud” are consistently strong hard rockers, and “Break the Spell” marches with authority. Their traditional classic rock approach matched with their tough guitar tones make them a darker alternative to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Whether they’ll ever receive critical respect remains to be seen. But it won’t be from lack of trying.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Seven Mary Three emerged in the mid-90s with “Cumbersome,” an unexpected and clunky grunge rock hit that felt like a parody of the era’s most over-sincere qualities. Few looked past the single and the group was unfairly maligned as just another band jumping on the Pearl Jam bandwagon. In his most extreme moments, singer Jason Ross does caterwaul like Eddie Vedder, but over the years Ross has gained perspective and in 2008 sounds much more like a seasoned alt-country heartland rocker with his share of truth to share. The band has never faltered and while their songwriting has taken years to mature to a consistent level there are plenty of worthwhile tunes sprinkled throughout their catalog. Here, “Hammer and a Stone” purrs with confidence. “Strangely at Home Here” is a back porch ballad. “Last Kiss” and “Laughing Out Loud” are consistently strong hard rockers, and “Break the Spell” marches with authority. Their traditional classic rock approach matched with their tough guitar tones make them a darker alternative to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Whether they’ll ever receive critical respect remains to be seen. But it won’t be from lack of trying.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
62 Ratings

62 Ratings

SkiNorthstar ,

Defying Convention

The sixth album by Seven Mary Three defies their conventional label as a grunge band (an often-incorrect label branded by professional music reviewers). The album is their most varied and precarious effort yet. Jason Ross, lead singer and primary songwriter, writes his most intimate and personal songs. The CD surpasses the rock and roll style by drifting into country, Americana and folk, so do not expect a hard-rock album, like American Standard. The songs of dayandnightdriving are reflective the album title-rock songs, but also acoustic songs. If your only experience with the band was hearing Cumbersome on the radio and thinking it "rocked", you are missing out. This CD is a great way to become acquainted or reacquainted with one of today's most under-appreciated bands. I highly recommend this CD. You can sample four songs from the record in their entirety at the dayandnightdriving website. I hope you will sample the songs, come back here, and purchase the album. You will not be disappointed.

Jessibelle ,

Buy this album!

If you see the name Seven Mary Three and are unable to distance yourself from that urge to yell out "Cumbersome" as though it were a song synonymous with Skynyrd's "Free Bird," then this review will likely be of little relevance to you. For the rest of the music-loving community, I challenge you to drop any notions you have about what former albums professed... This is by far Ross' most challenging, yet comforting, album to date.

While the group has maintained loyalty to the core of their sound, D&N is far from a rehash of former favorites. From the urgent entry point at "Last Kiss" to the stripped-down close at "Things I Stole," 7M3 has created a crisply produced soundscape, unified by song structures that testify to the rebirth of the band that has grown into the anthems they were born to perform.

TXSXDX67 ,

Awesome

This new record from 7M3 is excellent. It reminds me of Rock Crown with some country thrown in in all of the right places. Definately worth purchasing.

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