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3 [Import, CD]

Violent Femmes Audio CD
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1. Nightmares
2. Just Like My Father
3. Dating Days
4. Fat
5. Fool In The Moon
6. Nothing Worth Living For
7. World We're Living In
8. Outside The Palace
9. Telephone Book
10. Mother Of A Girl
11. Lies
12. See My Ships

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3.0 out of 5 stars A rather mellow offering from Gano and the guys June 18 2006
By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Standard review Nov. 17 2003
Format:Audio CD
This album is one of the finest the femmes have recorded, especially the acoustical songs. Then again, all of the femmes albums i've heard are great. If you like the Violent Femmes, you can't go wrong with this album or any of their other albums. Buy this album; buy them all. Why not? Enrich your life and your ear. I don't care. The femmes are great!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A nice change. Oct. 28 2003
By H3@+h
Format:Audio CD
After hearing "Blister In The Sun" at one too many parties, I decided to check out "3". I liked "Violent Femmes" enough to stick with them, and I'm glad I did. This may not be the crowd pleaser their other cd's are, but it's good none the less. And like the other albums, this one has it's share of sing-a-longs. "Nightmares" and "Outside The Palace" are both great. "Fat" has really funny lyrics". Then there's "Nothing Worth Living For", which is a pretty morbid change of pace, but is one of the most beautifully depressing songs ever. So if you're a fan of the band, but need a break from "Add It Up", get "3".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, non-cheesy, 80's rock album. Oct. 20 2001
By Maggie the Lizard Tamer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is one of my favorite Violent Femmes albums - it is perfect in all aspects - the music, the cd insert art, the Femmes themselves.

The music: more grim than usual punk-like VF, this album is great to listen to when you're alone, sad, or think you're too happy. Songs such as "Nothing Worth Living For", "Mother of a Girl", and especially "See My Ships" are beautifully made songs that exhibit the excellent musicianship skills of the Femmes.

The insert art: beautifully 80's black-and-white with melancholy-looking band members distracted by a contrasting red "3". This is one of the few albums that I like to keep re-reading the insert while listening to the music.

The band itself: at this point, the Femmes were already adults, past their crazy high-school rage stage, yet at the same time they lost none of their youthful vigor and spunk.

Overall, I wish I could give this album more than 5 stars - it is entertaining and satisfying in all aspects. A must for anyone who likes rock music.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A nice change. Oct. 27 2003
By H3@+h - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
After hearing "Blister In The Sun" at one too many parties, I decided to check out "3". I liked "Violent Femmes" enough to stick with them, and I'm glad I did. This may not be the crowd pleaser their other cd's are, but it's good none the less. And like the other albums, this one has it's share of sing-a-longs. "Nightmares" and "Outside The Palace" are both great. "Fat" has really funny lyrics". Then there's "Nothing Worth Living For", which is a pretty morbid change of pace, but is one of the most beautifully depressing songs ever. So if you're a fan of the band, but need a break from "Add It Up", get "3".
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5.0 out of 5 stars As "stripped down" as it gets! March 5 2003
By Tolerable Music - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I can't believe some of these reviews. This is an amazing album as long as you approach it on it's on terms. I can see how it might have been disappointing after the first two records because it's almost completely devoid of punk influences. However, it's dark, naked, acoustic, and beautiful. The songs are great, the performances are great, and the production is great. For once Gordon's performance sounds genuine and not just a quirky affectation. I think the two ballads get a bit melodramatic, but other than that, this CD is very, very good and definitely not "for completists only"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Soild Album July 9 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
An strong album. Their best? No. But how many albums are as good as Hallowed Ground? If all you know of the femmes are songs you heard at frat parties than you might not like this or any of their albums other than the first
4.0 out of 5 stars Dig The Femmes? Worn Out Your Copy of the Debut? Try This One! Jan. 19 2010
By Rich Latta - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Violent Femmes - 3 (1989)

It's true that the Femmes self-titled debut is an alt-rock classic that deserves its legendary status. In all likelihood, they will never top it. It spoke to so many disaffected kids and elucidated in an amusing, crazy, heartfelt way the pain of growing up and life in general. There's a reason why the band almost always end concerts with songs from the debut like "Add It Up" and "Blister In The Sun" - they're still the best. I've had the pleasure of seeing them live and it was definitely one of the most fun times I've ever had seeing a band. Catch 'em live if you can!

Newbies should always grab the first album before getting anything else (even, I would say, the ADD IT UP best-of collection). But for true fans, there are many more great songs to be heard from their discography. 3 has been roundly dismissed by most critics and fans alike, but I contend there's much to love here and the album is highly underrated even though it doesn't come close to matching the debut. Give it a shot.

Breakdown:

"Nightmares" - "Every time I try to sleep I have nightmares/ Thinking about getting together with you" - Gordon Gano once again mines relationship troubles for songwriting subject matter. This is a jangling, bubbling mid-tempo song, not bad but far from the best they are capable of. Brian Ritchie's homemade bass guitar sounds great bumbling along. ***1/2

"Just Like My Father" - A short, frenzied stab at their classic folk/punk sound including highly personal (autobiographical?) details about F'd up family relationships, suicidal thinking, etc. This is classic Femmes subject matter as is the hyperactive style. These guys create quite a racket considering the fact that they only use acoustic instruments. This makes some people automatically think they can't sound hard, but they can definitely thrash out when they want to. ****1/2

"Dating Days" - Fast-paced country-ish rocker with classic Femme lyrics - "It was fun but now it's done/ Our dating days were just a phase" . . . "No matter how much I drink/ I seem to still stay sober." *****

"Fat" - Here, Gordon hopes his ex-girlfriend gets fat so she'll take him back. Goofy, bluesy fun. ****

"Fool in the Full Moon" - A standard, basic Blues run at heart, but the track is on fire, both guitars flying off the hook. Works itself into a warped punk frenzy before dissolving into prickly Velvet Underground/Television-style guitars. *****

"Nothing Worth Living For" - This one is a sad, beautiful ballad.Gordon Gano's voice is kinda strange - in a good way. Rather wobbly and whiney, it's certainly not for all tastes, but he's an incredibly expressive, unique vocalist. *****

"World We're Living In" - Love all the different instruments on this eccentric groover, especially the xylophone. Victor De Lorenzo is a surprisingly vital element to their sound, especially considering the fact that his drum set is quite minimal, typically employing only a snare drum and a single cymbal. ****1/2

"Outside the Palace" - a gentle, pretty song with a great lyrics and melody. ****

"Telephone Book" - I guess you could call this country, but no one does country like these guys. Fun song. *****

"Mother of a Girl" - I would actually say that this hard, passionate, killer song ranks high, approaching the greatness of their debut. *****+

"Lies" - Only lasting a minute and a half, this fun, jovial track features what sounds like a banjo. The lyrics are great. *****

"See My Ships" - Absolutely stunning. This is a ghostly, aching track and it cuts deep. Gordon's vocal performance is intense. Another one that ranks with their very best songs. *****+

I realize that this album merits 5 stars based on the numerical average of my individual song ratings. However, such exercises are highly subjective and limited, and it doesn't reflect how much better the debut is, so I will rate it four stars. It's not their best, but I do like it a lot. Recommended
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