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Six years after their clichéd breakout single, "Cumbersome," Seven Mary Three has finally resolved their internal battle between being a guts and sweat rock band or remaining grunge holdovers struggling to stay relevant. The Economy of Sound shows Jason Ross' writing at peak form, and new guitarist Thomas Juliano kicks the group's sound wide open. Going back further than Pearl Jam and Soundgarden to grab from Replacements, Smithereens, and even the Attractions, the group came up with a brighter sounding, much broader-based rock sound than on any of their previous albums. The group spins focused hooks in all the right places, as on the catchy lead single, "Wait," but lets everything hang out on the punkish attitude of "Breakdown" and "First Time Believers." Ross does the mid-tempo sensitive-guy rock thing rather well on the Stonesy "Man in Control?" and the richly developed, highly personal "Tug." The angry grunge and faux-psychadelic experiments of the past now out of the way, Seven Mary Three smartly realizes they are best at being a mid-level rock band, and that's not really a bad place to be.

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great album!!!

seven mary three is one of the most underrated bands of the last 15 years. their sound is multi-faceted, unique, and edgy. if nothing else, listen to wait and faster, and you'll have heard the best of seven mary three

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On mainstream radio, with "American Standard", they are one hit wonders, and every two-bit redneck that sees them live demands 'Cumbersome' and other grungy rock songs that defined that album. Everything after has been sorely underrated and much much better. I didn't enjoy everything on this album, but this is real Seven Mary Three sound. Supposedly the great song "Don't Walk with the Devil", which I've heard only twice and can't find anywhere, is a bonus track on this CD but I could never find it. I didn't even know they had a new album out last year and the moment I did I picked it up because you can hear these guys' lives in each release.


Formed: 1993 in Williamsburg, VA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Within the alternative world, Seven Mary Three have often been compared to the mainstream-sounding, garage/arena rock of post-Ten Pearl Jam, but the group insists that their refusal to alienate themselves from the rest of the world makes them different. Instead, Seven Mary Three offer songs concerning self-discovery and true outsiders isolated from society. Based in Virginia (where the bandmates attended the College of William and Mary), Seven Mary Three signed to the Mammoth label after releasing...
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The Economy of Sound, Seven Mary Three
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music
  • Released: Jan 01, 2001

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