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III Sides to Every Story

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Extreme 9/22/1992

Review

Extreme's brand of hard rock balanced ambitious, progressive tendencies with catchy melodies owing more to the Beatles than anthemic arena rock; on III Sides to Every Story, the former tends to dominate. The album is divided into three "sides of the story" -- roughly speaking, "Yours" concentrates on politically oriented rockers showing off Nuno Bettencourt's virtuosity; "Mine" leans toward pop songs with warmly romantic sensibilities, plus an occasional philosophical lament; and "The Truth" tries to wrap things up into a coherent whole but dissolves into indigestible prog-rock excess. Thus, the thematic material can be likened to a less focused version of Pornograffitti. The album is wildly uneven, but amidst the indulgences there are some fine songs to be found: "Rest in Peace" displays both Bettencourt's technique and melodicism as a soloist, while "Seven Sundays" continues in their occasional lounge ballad vein, and "Tragic Comic" and "Stop the World" are two more intelligent, wounded-romantic pop gems. ~ Steve Huey
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Warheads Extreme 5:18
  3. 2 Rest in Peace Extreme 6:2
  4. 3 Politicalamity Extreme 5:2
  5. 4 Color Me Blind Extreme 4:58
  6. 5 Cupid's Dead Extreme 5:52
  7. 6 Peacemaker Die Extreme 6:0
  8. 7 Seven Sundays Extreme 4:17
  9. 8 Tragic Comic Extreme 4:43
  10. 9 Our Father Extreme 4:1
  11. 10 Stop the World Extreme 5:57
  12. 11 God Isn't Dead? Extreme 2:2
  13. 12 I Rise 'N Shine Extreme 6:23
  14. 13 II Am I Ever Gonna Change Extreme 6:57
  15. 14 III Who Cares? Extreme 8:19

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