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Andersen Laine Readman - 2006 Three



ARTIST: Andersen Laine Readman
ALBUM: Three
LABEL: Frontiers
SERIAL: FRCD 275
YEAR: 2006
SPONSOR: Frontiers Music

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Andre Andersen - keyboards, guitar, bass * Paul Laine - vocals * David Readman - vocals * Kenny Lubcke - backing vocals * Bjarke Hopen - guitars * Kaj Laege - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Rise * 02 Dust To Dust * 03 The Way It Goes * 04 Straight To The Heart * 05 Tell Me Your Lies * 06 Don't Need A Thing * 07 End Of My Rope * 08 Scared To Live * 09 Bulletproof * 10 Learning To Fly

RATING:


Background
A minor supergroup organized around the key figures of Royal Hunt's mastermind Andre Andersen, Paul Laine and David Readman (frontmen of Danger Danger and Pink Cream 69 respectively). Andersen, Laine and Readman revealed plans to record a joint album in the latter part of 2005. Despite media attention and the usual and inevitable, as I would say in cases like this - 'hype', the resulting album fails to deliver the goods the way it was probably intended to.


The Songs
Despite the best of intentions, 'Three' won't set neither the heart of melodic rock aficionados or the charts on fire. While there's no point in disputing the individual vocal performances and Andersen's usual multi-instrumentalist talent (he plays keyboards, rhythm guitar and bass), the album falls short of awakening any enthusiasm in the listener, and this is mainly due to the ambivalent nature of the music. Andersen evidently tried his best to work with two vocalists who share such a different musical background other than his own, writing songs which were expressively less prog-oriented and more heavy rock sounding, and he should for his efforts, deserve a royal and loyal round of applause. But to sacrifice Andersen's talent, virtuosity and most of all his general creativeness in the prog/pomp field, in the name of experimentation (yeah, but what experimentation?) or simply trying something different, is hardly a winning formula, and nor has it ever been in the history of rock music, with the laudable exception of a few rock greats. Of the songs, 'Rise', hints at the earliest days of British pomp gods Magnum and 'Bulletproof' are really the only songs worth remembering in an otherwise very formulaic album.


In Summary
Still, I don't doubt virtuoso performances, and with that in mind, I am sure that fans and completists of the named musicians above, won't mind giving this one a try.


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