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Day & Nightdriving

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Seven Mary Three 21/9/2008

Review

Long out of the spotlight and too square to be considered for "That's the '90s!" nostalgia fests, Seven Mary Three keep rolling along, turning out albums every few years, eventually winding their way to their sixth album, 2008's Day & Nightdriving. Those who haven't paid attention since "Cumbersome" may be surprised to find that the group no longer sounds like Pearl Jam (of course, Pearl Jam doesn't quite sound like that anymore, either) -- when the volume ratchets up, there is still a bit of a groaning lurch to their rock, but this is a warmer, mellower band, one that wears its experience well. Day & Nightdriving is a burnished collection of country-rock stripped of alt-Americana pretensions and rounded out by introspective rockers that belie the group's age. Seven Mary Three are older in the best sense: they have learned songcraft and there's a lived-in soulfulness to their performances, two crucial elements missing in their overly earnest early records. This is an emotional progression married to a gradual musical maturation; Seven Mary Three are still totally, completely children of the '90s. They still specialize in classic rock moves tempered by gliding open chords pulled from '80s college rock, but they don't feel stuck in the past; they feel like they're steadily working at developing their music. This can occasionally lend their music a bit of a workmanlike feel -- there's a doggedness that keeps this earthbound at times -- but Day & Nightdriving is evidence that Seven Mary Three are slowly, surely getting better as they're getting older. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Last Kiss Seven Mary Three 3:57
  3. 2 Laughing Out Loud Seven Mary Three 3:20
  4. 3 Was a Ghost Seven Mary Three 3:47
  5. 4 Dreaming Against Me Seven Mary Three 3:5
  6. 5 Hammer & a Stone Seven Mary Three 4:13
  7. 6 Break the Spell Seven Mary Three 3:59
  8. 7 You Think Too Much Seven Mary Three 3:45
  9. 8 Strangely at Home Here Seven Mary Three 3:46
  10. 9 She Wants Results Seven Mary Three 3:57
  11. 10 Upside Down Seven Mary Three 3:55
  12. 11 Dead Days in the Kitchen Seven Mary Three 3:53
  13. 12 Things I Stole Seven Mary Three 2:52
  14. 13 [CD-ROM Track] Seven Mary Three null:null

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