- Audio CD (5 July 2004)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Mighty Atom
- ASIN: B0002HSDMS
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,212 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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The Union Of Souls
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3 Colours Red have moved on, they got a new guitarist and their songs have matured.
The album is a little short in length at 34 minutes and only has 10 tracks, a bit disapointing after it has taken two years.
The tracks are not their strongest but their are a few good gems like the first single Repeat To Fade and a potential single The World Is Yours which is the only song which would fitted on their debut Pure.
F.C.K.U is an excellent live track but they over produced the song on the album, which sound dull, it does feauture Jason Perry from A on backing vocal duties on this song.
Other highlights are Desenitive and Made In Indonesia, Their is no Beautiful Day but The Union Of Souls & Ceasefire are the slower ones.
Die-Hard 3 Colours Red fans should like this but it's not their best, but still a good comeback album.
New fans to 3 colours red should also listen to their previous 2 albums as that's where their genius still stands.
The opening is the first surprise: where both Pure and Revolt kickstart with two of the albums' heaviest tracks ('pure' and 'paralyse' respectively), Union... opens with a string-laden ballad that sounds pretty much like 'beautiful day' - a shock, as I was expecting a massive shift from that sound after the grief that single caused. It is an epic track, a call-to-arms almost Pumpkins-esque in places, and a fantastic curveball to reintroduce the band.
'repeat to fade' and 'the world is yours' - the two singles to date - then kick the album back into the familiar 3CR territory of crunchy, quiet-loud singalongs, that'll make you realise just how much you missed both Pete Vuckovic's voice and Chris McCormack's guitar sound these last few years.
'desensitise', with a synthisised string arrangement and drum pattern, again echoes latter-day Pumpkins. 'counterfeit jesus' kicks in straight after, and is probably the most abrasive track here, recalling tracks such as Pure's 'hateslick' or Revolt's 'age of madness'.
'ceasefire' is the big centrepiece of the album, an epic ballad that again recalls 'beautiful day' in both scope and emotion - in my opinion, the track however does fall a little flat, meandering around quite prettily, but ultimately going nowhere.
'made in indonesia' could quite easily sit on Revolt, alongside tracks such as 'back to the city' or 'pirouette'; however, the somewhat hamfisted polemic of the song may grate with some. The dark, Harold Pinter referencing 'land of debris...' follows this political precedent, with a repetitive, haunting guitar line that is unlike anything the band have done to date.Read more ›
"Union of souls" the whimsical title track has little in the way of content but a few hokey strings while "Desensitise", "Ceasefire" and "The world is yours" are Pete and Co desperately trying to grasp at a more emotionally engaging rock (and sounding naff in the process).
FCKU with its ridiculous lyrics and group shouting just sounds more like a past reds B-side (a bit like most of the album!). While "Lullaby" is only a half decent Pure cast off.
The only thing here to really enjoy without skipping or wincing is the Manic's Generation terrorists ripped "Made in Indonesia" and the fast paced crunchy/shouter "Counterfeit Jesus". While the best tracks by far "Repeat to fade" and "Land of debris" are there to remind everyone of how unique 3CR can be at producing enjoyable rock with a twist when they can be bothered.
Overall it's 50/50! Instead of sticking to their guns and producing some more heavy, tuneful, emotional rock they have come up with a lot of dud whish wash...who do they think they are...U2?!
Get yourself the past albums or the singles and then wait for the next one...I hope Chris and Pete try harder next time.