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Extremes third album released in 1992, I think Extreme had progressed their sense of style and ended up producing an album that clearly sent out a message.
I have to admit this is my favourite album to date that They had grew up by then and had a definite style to their work. This album still contains the same funky rock style that Extreme has but this time the decided to include a far more challenging range of instruments in to the mix.
Ok on to the tracks, this album is actually broken into 3 sections, (hence the name three sides)
1. Warheads- starts off with a sergeant balling out instruction to his son. Then you get some air raid sirens and military vehicles before leading into the track. This gives great impact to give the true meaning of the song. A song generalising the attitude of war culture.
2. Rest in peace- a nice melodic violin intro onto an upbeat extreme rock track. Goes along the theme of how our world can't live with the idea of peace. I like the harmonise through out the track, catchy lyrics and a great variation in tempo and vocals.
3. Politacalamity- a really mellow sounding intro leading into a funk filled track with some awesome bass line. They have added in horns throughout the track which gives it that eclectic mix. I feel this song tells you how the political system is corrupt and confused. I really like how extreme get the right mix of giving out a message but in a real inoffensive style that just makes a great piece of music.
4. Color me blind- this track has a few of my favourite all time Extreme harmonises. A real soft yet rough rock track that has an impact emotion that speaks to me. Some nice Nuno solos there that are not as flashy as his usual style but some how a more matured version of his talent.
5. Cupids dead- love the drum intro on this track, this track is funky yet like with most of the album you get a real sense of maturity where the band produce real quality over flash vocals/ guitar style.
6. Peacemaker die- again extreme style shines out here in the funk rock vibe, but with some great vocalisation from Cherone here he really can hit those notes and yet still manages to get the lyrics over with feeling. I have no doubt he truly feels what he sings.
7. Seven days- a true slow rock ballad with some nice emotional feeling vocals from Gary, I find I will just play this track when I really want to relax, I would have loved someone write a love song like this about me. A song that is all about wishing you could spend everyday with the one you love.
8. Tragic comic- this song has a fun feel about it all about how wrong you can get it trying to impress someone on a date. A great mix of acoustic guitar with some synth mixed in for good measure. Very catchy and you can really focus on the lyrics.
9. Our father- a rock epic sound that just makes you feel for the lyrics, a child that really wants a father figure, sang with real emotion that comes across from the vocals. I like the way that Nuno actually encapsulates the emotion through is guitar. A favourite track of mine.
10. Stop the world- another smooth ballad with heart felt emotion I really do struggle to understand why this track failed to hit it big in the singles charts. Perhaps the timing was wrong. A great varietion of soft and hard hitting vocals.
11. God isn't dead- this track is really emotionally charged with sadness and gets me right in the heart with a need to protect , a great lead into the last few tracks.
12. Rise and shine- You would almost think listening to this song that it should be on a soundtrack or associated with a musical, it has a real impact of not only lyrics and arrangment but a real narrative feel too. The other benefit is more of Nuno's vocals which although not as strong as Gary's have a soft soothing feel to them.
13.Am I ever going to change- ok leading on from the last track this gives the listener the idea that the album has come to a conclusion and the lyricist has had a light bulb moment. Another great ballad from Extreme that has some impacting lyrics.
14. Who cares- an orchestral master piece that is almost unlike any other track attempted before coming from those pigeon holed as a rock band, I certainly would think this could sit so well on a film soundtrack, it is so powerful yet emotional, It makes me feel sad at the fact that its perhaps close to real life. But Such a wealth of talent and variation of vocal range and depth from Gary.
I think that this album really does set Extreme apart from others in the rock genre that your either going to love it or hate it, I personally love it and feel that the took a real gamble with this album which perhaps for them didn't pay off as well as they had hoped but for us die hard fans we stood up and took notice.
It had a real message to send out and took on a lot of issues of the time and worked as a one of piece that I really connected with and still gets played in my house some 16 years on.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
2 Rest In Peace
4 Color Me Blind
5 Cupid's Dead
6 Peacemaker Die
7 Seven Sundays
8 Tragic Comic
9 Our Father
10 Stop The World
11 God Isn't Dead?
12 Everything Under The Sun: Rise 'N Shine / Am I Ever Gonna Change / Who Cares?