3 Pill Morningís new album Black Tie Love Affair is a great business card for these guys. It blows Take Control out of existence and gives these guys what is hopefully a great start in the modern rock world. The songs on the album were all written and rewritten well enough to the point to where theyíre perfect from millisecond to millisecond and the production done by Jon King is about as good as it gets for this genre of music. There are flaws, but yes overall itís a decent piece of work.
3 Pillís sophomore album and their label debut is solid because of the songwriting. Thereís not a quality that stands out more than that one. You can go through this album, song after song, time after time and never find a note or a word out of place. The songwriting here is outstanding.
The production on the album is good too but it doesnít stand out as much as the songwriting. 3 Pill Morningís lead vocalist, Jeff Stebbins has a great voice. But itís also a little thin in the studio environment for this genre of music. 95% of the time, his voice sounds brilliant. But thereís an off putting moment occasionally on the album where it just doesnít deliver a needed edge. This might have been fixed with a light flange on the vocal, maybe not. The good news is itís nothing thatís going to have a lasting impact in a live environment and itís not anything that wonít be fixed as Stebbins gets better performing every night. Heís good on this album, heíll be amazing on the next one. That small quip and perhaps a better utilization of some space on a few songs are the only checks that this one gets for the record it is.
3 Pill Morningís new album is going to take them to a new level. Itís not going to take them up ten levels but itís going to take them to a new level. Theyíve made a record with producer Jon King that they should be able to be on the road promoting for a couple of years, and thatís one of the main goals with any album. The attention to the craft of songwriting is appreciated and Jon King knows how to record modern rock guitars- heís got that down. If you love mainstream and modern rock, you will want to pick up this album.