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3 Way Tie for Last
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
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D. Boon's final hour is one of the Minutemen's finest
(4 out of 5 stars)
"For those who were following (or who want to start following) the Minutemen's all too brief glory ride, this was the album that brought together all the changes that had been building and suggested a less dense, longer, more fleshed out future that never happened. A lot of staple tracks are here, and D. Boon turns in some of his finest vocals on "the Price of Paradise", which kicks off his side of Vietnam reflections. Indeed, the A list of material on this often overlooked gem just glitters: "Courage" is another Boon 'Nam winner, and "the Red and the Black" is their definitive take on the old Blue Oyster Cult track. Want a little more funk stomp around the house, kick "No More", Mike Watt's bofo sorta rap kicker that is also on HIS side, which is mostly fun and a bunch o' covers. But its all good, and the only real sadness is the death of Boon just a week after its release. Tied for last? This album is first place all the way, and a fine epitaph for all that D. Boon stood for."
Why all the negative reviews?
P. Couture | Santa Cruz, CA USA | 09/24/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is their most politically coherent album. If you're old enough, you'll remember that "3-Way" came out during Reagan's second term. The administration was supporting death squad governments in El Salvador and Guatemala, while covertly funding terrorist "Contras" in Nicaragua. This record is a direct response to those policies. The lyrics are EXCELLENT, still poetic and personal but very clear in their anti-war stance.
The album is well recorded. I don't know what "slick" means in this context. They wanted it to sound the way it sounds. And about the covers - "Double Nickels" had a terrible Steely Dan cover, so why complain about Creedence and Blue Oyster Cult?
They were maturing and evolving on this one. Who knows where they might have gone next."
What, only one other review here?
Matthew Brewer | rural hell hole | 03/14/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the Mintuemen's fourth full length album after Double Nickels on the Dime and sadly their last with the tragic death of guitarist and singer D. Boon in December 1985, not long after the release of this album. 3 Way Tie is a departure from their earlier hardcore punk sound as they slow things down a bit and incorporate other elements in what could be called "alternative" rock. Simply one of their best."