3 is my least favorite Violent Femmes album. There are some good songs included here, but overall the quality is a little sub-par for this group. It may be interesting to note that I saw this band perform a few months after this album was released, and the concert featured only one of these songs. The pace is fairly laid-back, and it is my opinion that the Violent Femmes succeed best at uptempo, frenetic pieces. Mother of a Girl does build up to a great Gordon Gano frenzy, but lifeless tunes such as Fat and Outside the Palace serve as aural speed bumps along the path this music lays out. Faster tunes such as Dating Days, Lies, Telephone Book, and Just Like My Father just don't seem to have the kind of meaning that most VF songs have, yet they are still fun to listen to. I do like Fool in the Full Moon because it showcases Gano at his quirkiest ; the song puts me in mind of some type of tribal performance remote in location and time. Nightmares is the song most likely to appeal to those with more conventional musical tastes, but the true gems here are See My Ships and Nothing Worth Living For. The first of these two songs is wistful and as close to achingly beautiful as the Violent Femmes are ever likely to get, while Nothing Worth Living For cries out with utter despair and stirs the remotest parts of your soul. I still enjoy listening to this album every so often, but I consider it somewhat of an anomaly in this great band's discography.