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Orange Avenue
Seven Mary Three
Orange Avenue
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
  •  Track Listings (12) - Disc #1

Sheesh! For a while there, it sounded like every Podunk guitarist half-wit and his tractor-driving brother were intent on aping Seattle sludgemeisters Pearl Jam. Even the English were nicking PJ licks (try as we might, can...  more »


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All Artists: Seven Mary Three
Title: Orange Avenue
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 7
Label: Atlantic / Wea
Original Release Date: 7/14/1998
Release Date: 7/14/1998
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Style: American Alternative
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 075678311420

Sheesh! For a while there, it sounded like every Podunk guitarist half-wit and his tractor-driving brother were intent on aping Seattle sludgemeisters Pearl Jam. Even the English were nicking PJ licks (try as we might, can we truly forget Bush?). Orlando, Florida's Seven Mary Three--guilty as Vedder-voiced charged--seem to have gotten the cease-and-desist message. Their third outing finds frontman Jason Ross skewing off on several nongrunge tangents. Even his singing has grown more emotive and enunciated, moving away from the mawkish Vedder-ish murmur found on the early hit "Cumbersome." Tellingly, every time the grunge ghost surfaces here ("Peel," "Hang On"), the song sinks out of sight. But each time Ross and company test their aesthetic limits (the soulful "Chasing You," the Skynyrd-styled "Joliet," the alterna-peppy "Super-Related"), SM3's stock spirals up, up, up. Which clarifies the whole point of influences anyway: you're supposed to glean what you can from them and move on. Seven Mary Three seem to have learned that lesson. --Tom Lanham

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Different doesn't mean Bad
Scarecrow | Orlando, Florida | 09/25/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I really can't stand seeing so many people so closed minded. All they can say is, "the singer sounds like eddie vedder". If that's the case then you could say a firebird looks like a corvette. Only a novice music lover would say such things. They both do a growling vocals,? so what, it's just a style of singing. Then I guess nirvava sounds like offspring, and all the other grunge bands, and all the 80's bands? What I am getting at is, it's just a style of singing. So I don't know why people have to be so quick to label. I don't know a single 7m3 fan that can honesly say Ross sounds like vedder!Ok, now that I have that off my chest, my review! The album is a bit different. Popish yes. Basically their first album was full of anger, second was pain and love, slower more melodical. and this album is more of them kicking back, having fun, trying new things, more of a happy album. Like a peace with themselves. It is a bit different, and at first I didn't like it too much. But a real fan will appreciate this album. I think it just shows how much talen hey have. They can play all these different kinds of music and still sound great! Basically if you like a bit of a more upbeat poppish "let's kick back" kind of sound/album check this out. It really is worth listening to."
Florida Band Keeps Growing
Clay Garrett | Texas | 04/15/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"After dropping anything that resembles Pearl Jam on their sophomore effort "Rock Crown" Seven Mary Three cranks up the tempo and distortion a bit on "Orange Ave." Jason Ross's vocals are more restrained in this record than the hit album "American Standard" and guitarist Jason Pollock proves he can lay down some real lead work on his final record with the band. "Orange Ave." features the best three-song stretch of any 7M3 record to this point. "Over Your Shoulder" is the best song Ross and company have written, "Chasing You" is a solid mid-tempo track, and "Each Little Mystery" is a unique radio-ready ballad that unfortunately never caught on. Ross's voice is outstanding on the slow paced "Southwestern State" and Ross and Pollack show how far they have come as guitar players and musicians on "Joliet". "Flagship Eleanor" is also and overlooked gem.You're never going to hear "American Standard" from 7M3 again and that's a good thing because they are so much better than that."
Proving Them All Wrong...
ted | Tulsa, OK | 07/19/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Everyone said that 7M3's lead singer sounds "just like Eddie Vedder". This one proves anyone who said that to be absolutely wrong. His voice, far more pure than Vedder's, shines clearly on tracks like "Southwestern State". Everyone said that they sound just like all the other "alterna-grunge" bands. 7M3 has once again distanced themselves from the pack in terms of lyrical depth and sheer rockability. This album doesn't even sound like their previous two, let alone anyone else's stuff. Yep, everyone was wrong about these guys. Everyone except those who said that they are the best act in their genre."