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Few and Far Between
Elkion Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
When you hear that a record took Three years to create, you tend to expect something epic. Where Few and Far Between's first full-length may not be epic, it certainly is memorable. Three is a collection of somewhat off-kilter, yet commercially acceptable, indie rock tunes, personal lyrics, and power-pop hooks. From the ambient, crackling intro to the vocal fade out of "In Loving Memory," with Three, Few and Far Between weave together a collection of passionate songs infused with an intense energy and varying rhythms. Lyrically, Few and Far Between could use some work here and there, but their musicianship is strong enough to smooth over any lyrical glitches that occur. And even with a prevailing "sound" blanketing this record, each song on Three still manages it's own distinction.

Songs like "Maybe for Now" and "Talking Backwards" are raucous assaults only overshadowed by slower moments like the elegant "Instrumental." A plea for sincerity, vocalist Joe Philips calls over building guitars, "I'm screaming it from inside to show it/ you take a step and walk away/ but are you listening?"

Garnering the honor of being Few and Far Between's greatest offering is the hopeful, but mostly regretful, emotional closer "In Loving Memory." Piano accents a contemplative guitar solo until the band can no longer hold back. "It's in memory of the way we had it." Phillips voice lingers into static and leaves you wanting more, just as you should.

Reviewed by Natalie B. David
A fresh graduate of the Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia, in her spare time she can be found clumsily manipulating words and phrases for LAS and Beautiful/Decay magazine, hungering for sushi, naming inanimate objects or pondering the existence of stiletto heels. If you see her, you should buy her a cup of coffee because, chances are, she probably needs it.

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