CD Review: Tim Lee 3 – 33 1/3
In the past, I’ve described the Tim Lee 3 sound as Neil Young & Crazy Horse meets X. With TL3’s new effort entitled 33 1/3, the songs feel more contemplative than either of the last two releases I’ve heard – Good 2B3 and Devil’s Rope.
It seems as if Tim Lee and Susan Bauer Lee have logged way too many highway miles recently and have done a lot of thinking. Fortunately for the listener, this makes for a really interesting record. In fact, this is the perfect LP for driving late at night or early morning along a desolate stretch of road.
“Photo Booth” is the closest thing to a powerpop song on the album with it’s jangly guiitars and very memorable chorus. “Daddy’s Girl” will make you laugh or cry depending on how close to home it hits and “Where Things Get Lost” has a Lynyrd Skynyrd feel to it that you gotta love. “Magnolia Plates” is the record’s highlight though, with a melody that’ll stick in your head and the very expressive vocals of Susan Bauer Lee. The band turns it up a notch with the final cut, “Night Takes Legs”, making sure to adhere to that old showbiz adage, “always leave ’em wanting more”. And they certainly have.
33 1/3 is highly recommended listening. Release date is set for March 3, 2015 – get your copy here. For those who prefer vinyl, it’ll be available in that medium as well.
And on a final note, Tim Lee 3 is a GREAT live band. Check ’em out should they come to your town.