Three is where Blood Sweat and Tears goes wobbley. The seocnd, self-titled album was not as hip, or consistent, as Child Is Father to the Man, but had great material to sustain its patchwork.
"Hi-Di-Ho," starts off the album in the same fashion, really well done R&B, but "The Battle" is a art rock by a band that could not do art rock. It may have actually worked on Child Is Father To The Man, but here, it sounds out of context.
It gets worse, far worse, when the band try making "Sympathy For The Devil" into a Ceasars Palace epic. With the big introduction, and whispering bridge, it turns the Stones best social commentary--written in and about the upevil in 1968--into something either completely insane or completely ridiculous. Probably both.
Four is actually a big improvement. It is not the invention of the first album, or the diverse buffet of the second. But with tracks like "Go Down Gambling," and "Lisa Listen To Me," Four brings BS&T back to earth with above average R&B, taylor made for this band