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Narrow-Caster

3RDegreeAudio CD

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“You’re Fooling Yourselves!”, wails 3RDegree lead singer/keyboardist George Dobbs on the band’s lead-off single from the new CD THE LONG DIVISION-their first since 2008. This song-as well as a few others on the first half of the album-flesh out the band’s 2012 political treatise: that America’s political parties (and probably those in other countries) have ... Read more in Amazon's 3RDegree Store

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Founded by Robert James Pashman in 1990, 3RDegree met up again in 2005 after a long hiatus and determined to record together again. This decision resulted in Narrow-Caster; the band s first studio album in 12 years. The album consists of 10 songs, a mixture of new songs and some from the band s earlier incarnation. The band is made up of Robert James Pashman on bass, keys and vocals; Pat Kliesch on guitars and vocals; Rob Durham on drums; and George Dobbs on vocals and keys. The album opens with the energetic Apophenia, a song about humankind s tendency to look for, and find, patterns or connections in otherwise unrelated things. The edgy guitar work, underpinned by a driving bass line, is combined with creative vocals to create a track suggestive of Echolyn. An impressive opener. Next up is It Works, where the late-night piano intro invokes a sense of nostalgia, but as the track evolves a funky keyboard riff is introduced that takes things in a new direction. There is some outstanding keyboard playing on this track, and special mention must also be made of the striking lead guitar work. It Works is followed by the title-track Narrow-Caster; a song about staying in one s comfort zone; an accusation that can't be levelled at this group. The track leads in with the chorus, which contains some impressive vocal harmonies. Whilst the melody wouldn t be out of place on an IZZ album, the lead guitar in the middle evokes memories of Steely Dan. Vocally and melodically, the next track, Live With This Forever conjures up Jellyfish references. There s a lot going on in this track, from the superlative vocals and excellent bass work through to some tasteful complementary keyboard sounds. A change of pace brings Cautionary Tale, warning of the dangers of religious extremism. From a vocal perspective, Stevie Wonder springs to mind here. Quite a mellow track, but with a hard-hitting message. The Dream Theater-ish The Proverbial Banana Peel is a heavier piece, full of grungy guitar and really nice drum-work; my only criticism would be that it doesn t last long enough! The chorus-verse-chorus structure at the start of Young Once soon gives way to an ambient late-middle section that ends in a Mike Oldfield-like instrumental. The haunting chorus is the icing on a very fine track indeed. Scenery is an acoustic number that invokes aural imagery of Queen and ELO, highlights the softer side of the band and sets us up for Free For All; a pure Dream Theater-meets-Jellyfish rocker. Again the bass is used to good effect, providing the engine that propels the whole song. Album closer The Last Gasp is an anthemic combination of light and shade with a melody that sticks in the mind long after the album has ended. It blends all the strengths exhibited throughout the album and is orchestrated in such a way that makes me hope the band turn their collective hand to a 10 minute-plus epic at some point in the future. It s not often an album as refreshing as this comes along, and we should treasure it when it does. Thoughtful and intelligent lyrics are united with outstanding melodies and sonic creativity reminiscent of Kate Bush. The bands that are referenced above only go some way to conveying a sense of the styles of music on offer here. If I were to try to summarise this album concisely, I would say the most pertinent comparisons would be with Echolyn and IZZ, but that is not to say it's in any way derivative. The superb production enhances an already high-quality mix of songs, resulting in an album that demands repeated spins, and rewards every listen with some new revelation. Highly and unreservedly recommended! Conclusion: 9 out of 10 --DPRP.net (The Dutch Progressive Rock Page's Ron Faulkner)

9.4 out of 10 I don't know about you, but I'm a huge fan of composition that balances the twin peaks of exploration and anthemic memorability. My favorite music since my youth has been the stuff that surprised me (oh, were the 80's a bleak and boring time for me and my headphones!) almost to the point of ecstatic confusion but all the while nailed itself to the walls of my heart with catchy melodies and riffs. The artists I buy without a thought to hearing first are those tried and true pioneers who more often than not succeed in gifting my life with songs to cheer my heart on a cold and dark day or make savoring the good times that much sweeter. I now have to add 3RDegree to that pantheon. Their first album in nearly 12 years, Narrow-Caster is the strongest thing I've heard since IZZ's great My River Flows. The whole thing is a roller coaster ride of unique songwriting and gargantuan hooks whose sheer sonic diversity is something I hitherto, never dreamed possible. Lots of bands write by acting like blenders for their various influences and crossing their fingers for a good result; 3RDegree revel in their mastery of colliding feels and sounds you'd never think to put together and somehow manage to smack it out of the park every time. Imagine Becker and Fagen writing a song for Rush to play, and having Steve Winwood sit in and evoke his Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys vibe over it. Or try to picture Aimee Mann improving Sting lyrics and melodies while a cold Nordic metal guitarist adds harmonically complex overdriven chords against a robot-generated Ben Folds song with Bruford on the drums, and harmonies The Beatles would drool over. And that's just two tracks, folks - the whole thing is a beatiffic bitch slap to the adage about there being nothing new under the sun. I must also applaud the production. Somebody with a great set of ears took the time to make sure that every instrument sounded alive, fresh and gloriously different on every song, resulting in maximum exhilaration unhindered by ear fatigue. While I look forward to new albums from most of my favorites in the coming months, I seriously doubt anyone's going to top this. Froot Loops on acid in a cinnamon sky…. Don't miss out on this one. --USA Progressive Music.com (Greg Jones)

5 out of 5 (perfect rating) If what you want out of your prog is something that tells you in the first 60 seconds of putting on a CD that this will not be an ordinary listening session... then you will be impressed with 3rDegree. The first 30 seconds is a bombardment of complex changes and and tight, well rehearsed transitions from part to part. The vocals are excellent. Background vocals too, very reminiscent of Kings X, which in turn have an affinity to The Beatles. The disc is comprised mostly of songs dating back to the mid to late 90s that the band "always regretted" did not get justice in the recording studio. Often times, music that has seen the passage of time, ends up holding a special place only in the hearts of the artists themselves, however THESE are some incredibly fresh sounding tracks and I think we as a community of appreciating listeners should extend a hearty thanks to the group for not letting these songs be relegated to history. The second track, "It Works" has an early Genesis vibe but quickly conforms to a pleasing niche the band have worked out for themselves. A 3-way answer-call type of communication is happening between the musicians that starts about a minute forty five into the song. It's impressive the cooperation that is proven in this section. This is not simply a group of guys that rehearsed their parts over and over again before heading to the studio, this collection of accomplished musicians actually ENJOY playing together. That's a chemistry that can't be faked, as evidenced also in "Live With This Forever". Many times, the nature of progressive music, especially with the more advanced the arrangements, the more "less feeling" it becomes. This music does not suffer from that, but even beyond that are the thought-out lyrics. I'll admit, I actually got chills when reading along and listening to "Cautionary Tale". If this particular song is a decade old, then they obviously (or cryptically) altered the lyrics to transform it into an epic expose on our culture. With allusions to "Burning Crosses - Falling Towers" and a challenge to ask yourself if "something can unify despite the difference between our ways". 3 of the ten songs are recent for the band and show they have not only not lost their ability to write outstanding music, but have also a developing sense of humor like in "The Proverbial Banana Peel" and the lyric "phoning it in far too long because it's so hard to make it genuine" as heard in "Young Once". Narrow-Caster is an excellent effort with outstanding production and musical variety to hold your attention from beginning to end. "Free For All" is probably the weakest track on the album, but "The Last Gasp" quickly jolts you back into place. On the first cursory listen of this album, I jotted down a note that it was worthy of a solid four. I have since repented and turned from my ways. I'm glad that I discovered the gem that this album is. Worthy of five resilient stars. Dale JUDAY --The Prog Files (Dale Juday)

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JUNE 2008 3RDegree s first studio album in 12 years is released. The 10-song CD (or download) was started just over 2 years ago when the band reformed after a long hiatus. It is a mix of songs, some started at the end of the quartet s first tenure and some fresh compositions upon the band s restart. The collection is a real tour-de-force through the different types of songs the band have shown capable of pulling off: from the intense odd-timing of Apophenia -a song about humanity s tendency to look for patterns and meaning in the seemingly meaningless-to the pastoral, gentle delivery of Scenery -a grand addition to the band s canon of melodic and accessible songs with long multi-part lead ups to great pay-off choruses. Sandwiched in between is Cautionary Tale , taking on the subject of militant religiosity in all its forms and in a musical delivery no less intense than the subject deserves, Young Once with its synthesized, other-worldly respite-an oasis on the way to the album ending The Last Gasp , which features full orchestration along side the band calling out sing on! until the band and orchestra break down in an almost exhausted fashion. The concept of Narrow-Caster has to do with how we-with the help of technology- can now focus in on the art, entertainment and perhaps soon-people-that interest us while cutting out the things we don t like or don t think we like. While this makes it easier for us to find what we want to focus in on (like those things we know we already enjoy), we are losing the common experiences we used to all share-like watching the final M*A*S*H or Seinfeld, or hearing the songs of the Top 40. Since we can narrowly cast a line out to those things tried and true, we may suffer from an inability to be exposed to something outside our sphere like jazz or a different kind of beer or a unique movie. While it s certainly not the end of the world, the internet is changing how we are exposed to art and possibly what we would even classify as art.

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