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3 Kisses

Wings

Review by Gary Hill

Texas based 3 Kisses describes their music as alternative pop, and that pretty well sums it up. This group has a lot in common with Blondie and the Go Go's in terms of their retro brand of pop rock, but they also have a more garage sound like the indie and alternative rockers of today. The result is a sound that is rather unique. While there isn't a lot of variety to the individual songs, they are benign enough to keep that from being annoying. This is a good album, but not a great one. It suffers a bit from production problems. Vocals are hard to get right in disc mixing, and the vocals here are performed while, but mixed rather harshly. There is a minimalistic approach to the production throughout that takes a little from the album. Still, it is entertaining and a portion of the proceeds go to breast cancer research, making it a nice way to check out some new music and help out a good cause. That's a win/win. For more information or to order the CD stop by the band's website at http://www.3kisses.com/.

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Track by Track Review
Yellow
This is a garagey rocker that works pretty well.
Wings
The title track is also a good song, just more pop oriented than the last one.
Wastin' Time
  This is an old style rock and roller that works quite well. It reminds me at times of early Blondie.

Come Along
A slower number, this one is very cool, and more than a little jazzy. It also has a little R & B sound thrown in at times.

Seek Your Own Way
This mellow number feels at once a bit like old Blondie and The Go Go's.

The Last Time
This track is another fun one with a decidedly rough around the edges '80's pop sound.
Wandering
This track is another fun one with a decidedly rough around the edges '80's pop sound.
Complete
This feels like Boston at first, and the music kind of retains that sound, but the female vocals lend a different air. Picture a stripped down early Boston with female vocals and you come close.
Undone
This is a stripped down poppy number.
Don't Pretend
This alternative pop cut doesn't wander much from the rest, but is one of the better ones here.
 
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