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The Ultimate Dark Night Album.,
This review is from: Third / Sister Lovers (Audio CD)
There are bleak albums and then there is "Third". There is nothing quite so unhinged in the whole rock canon (there is not even an agreed track listing for the album), so swaying back and forth between manic lows and forced cheery highs as "Third".
"Thank You Friends" is probably the best Big Star song there is, tainted with a compelling dash of bitterness. "Jesus Christ" is the best Christmas song you'll never, ever hear on FM radio. And "Holocaust" is one of those rare songs that instantly bring down a weight of foreboding on any listener. And when Alex Chilton sings "I'd rather shoot a woman than a man" it's simply unblievable that he could consider anyone but himself.
Quite simply, "Third" is the sound of depressives being forced to write happy songs -at gunpoint.