Bill Your 'Free Form FM Handi Cyber | Mahwah, NJ USA | 02/01/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"#1 Recordwas a masterpeice of what some call power pop, but Sister Lover's is even better.
If on #1 Big Star pumps volume on 1960s British pop, here, they use the same source to create more unique tracks. The songs have a pop rock feel, but the chord changes and textures are not typical of the Kinks-Beatles-Hollies insperation the band fuels #1 with.
The overall theme of Third is depression, and the short songs are linked by all kinds of dark sounds, and creepy interludes between tracks.
Chilton describes the mood best on this perfect piece of album art. He does not feel he can solve anthing, but he "wants to white out."
Who has not at one time or another."
Don't file under"easy listening"
Michael L. Knapp | Placerville, CA United States | 03/19/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"On first listen, this is a hard album to warm up to. Listening to the 1st two albums in no way prepairs your for this one since the sound is so very dissimilar. I bought the album when it first came out & after one listening I put it away. Fast forward a couple of years after a divorce durring a time when I didn't have much to buy new albums & went back into my collection. I gave this one a spin & I was absolutly floored! Yes the mix is muddy in places & instruments come & go in sometimes odd places but this sounds like a man absolutly at the end of his rope. Many people have rightfully compaired this to Syd Barrett but it's more than that. A lot of Syd's problems were from his own making but Alex on the surface did everything right - great songs, well recorded & critically acclaimed. Not the mention his previous success with the Box Tops. Too bad few ever got to hear those records because of dreadful distribution. By the time this came out dispair set in & Big Star was down to a duo & broke resulting in a tour de force of desparation. This isn't an album to cheer you up unless it makes you feel better to hear songs by someone who is feeling worse than you do. Even the songs that sound happy on the surface have an underlying feeling of doom. But stick with it - it's well worth the effort. If you do like this search out Alen Chilton's solo album "Like Flies On Sherbert" for a further trip down this road."