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Third/Sister Lovers

Big Star

1978

Third/Sister Lovers

Album Summary

Third (reissued in 1985 as Third/Sister Lovers) is the third album by American rock band Big Star. Sessions started at Ardent Studios in September 1974. Though Ardent created promotional, white-label test pressings for the record in 1975, a combination of financial issues, the uncommercial sound of the record, and lack of interest from singer Alex Chilton and drummer Jody Stephens in continuing the project prevented the album from ever being properly finished or released at the time of its recording. It was eventually released in 1978 by PVC Records. After two commercially unsuccessful albums, Third documents the band's deterioration as well as the declining mental state of singer Alex Chilton. It has since gone on to become a cult album, and was placed at number 449 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2012 list of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" list. Its reputation growing with time, the album moved up to number 285 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2020 listing. The album is also included in Robert Dimery's book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

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Rating

2.84

Votes

4603

Genres

  • Rock
  • Pop
  • Country
  • Folk
  • Psychedelic Rock
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Fri Jul 02 2021
5

Third is a record that has only grown in my estimation over the years. While previous Big Star records represent the pinnacle of 70s power pop, Third deconstructs their approach amid the band's disintegration. Third stands on its own, but lands much better in context of the band's previous work. It's loaded with the cynicism of a band with so much unmet potential ("Thank You Friends") and yet contains so many moments of broken beauty ("Big Black Car", "Nighttime", "Take Care"). This tender/caustic tension is at the heart of this record's power. Its influence is evident on artists from REM to Wilco and Yo La Tengo. In fact, I often think of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot as a spiritual successor to this record. Their similarly fraught creation and off-kilter production follow much more pop-oriented efforts by each band. Favourite songs: "Big Black Car", "Kanga Roo", "You Can't Have Me", "Blue Moon", "Nightime"

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Mon Jul 12 2021
5

I've always loved this, and this love has only deepened over time.

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Wed Mar 24 2021
4

Man, Big Star is that traditional rock band that you HAVEN'T heard of. Once you click, however, you'll stick.

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Mon Apr 19 2021
3

Big Star were a fav among college friends. Mostly #1 record and radio city though. This one is a bit too sloppy and unfocused for me.

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Fri Feb 12 2021
1

“Third/Sister Lovers” by Big Star (1978) Never heard this album nor this group, although I loved lead singer Alex Chilton’s #1 hit “The Letter” (1967) with the Box Tops when Chilton was only 16 years old (and I was only 12!). For an album produced in 1978, though, the recording and mix is not good. Too little separation, and primitive, unimaginative mixing. But musically, it is inventive. One can only imagine how much better this would have sounded if it were produced at Abbey Road, or The Hit Factory or even Muscle Shoals. Lyrics lack depth and originality. The suggestion is out there that “Thank You Friends” is a sarcastic condemnation of how badly Big Star was treated by the recording industry. Listened to from this perspective, it’s much better than if heard as a straightforward expression of gratitude. “Jesus Christ” is listed, but not playable, on Spotify. What’s up with that? The lyrics suggest a hymnic reflection on the singing of angels at the birth of Christ. It would be nice to hear it. One can get a taste of it in the twenty second sample on the iTunes Store. It’s not that impressive, chiefly because of the poor production. Too bad. “Femme Fatale” provides a good example of the band’s musical skills, and they are so-so. Alex Chilton’s simple lead vocal shows that he struggles with pitch at the softer end of his dynamic range, and the backing vocals (including his girlfriend Lesa Aldrege?) are even worse. Bass playing by Jim Dickinson is really good. His contribution to the band’s sound is probably a main reason for whatever success they had. “Holocaust” uses the systematic murder of six million Jews as a metaphor for the feelings of a woman whose mother just died a natural death. Yuck. This kind of pretentious appropriation is what gives much popular music a bad name. “Stroke It Noel” employs backing strings which are very poorly performed, and even more poorly recorded. I have keep reminding myself that this album was released in 1978. It would be a bad recording even if it had been released ten years earlier. Anyway, the lyrics on this song, the chorus of which is based on (uncredited) Bobby Freeman’s 1958 song “Do You Wanna Dance?”, are trite. The lines “Keeping an eye on the sky/Will they come, oh the bombs?” is anachronistic. By 1978, the fear of nuclear war was very much diminished from what we experienced in, say 1963, thanks to the U.S. effort in the Cold War, which is largely unappreciated today. (Full disclosure: I participated in the Cold War for the four years prior to this album’s release. But no hard feelings [smirk].) A pattern emerges here. Big Star takes hugely important issues and reduces them to triviality. This was ok in the 1950s and early 60s, but they seem to be lacking self awareness and compositional maturity in 1978. And for a band to call itself “Big Star” when it was anything but is, well, sad. Overall, I’m not sure why this is considered a cult classic, but cult defies justification anyway. Coulda died without this one. 1/5

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Wed Mar 17 2021
4

Saved Prior: None Saved Off Rip: Stroke It Noel, Blue Moon, Till The End Of The Day Cutting Edge: None Overall Notes: Despite the fact that I didn't save a lot of songs, this was a cool listen. It puts the disintegration of a band and of a man front and center and you can hear that in the music. Is it for casual listening? Absolutely not. This is another album that I'll be returning to over the summer when I can really immerse myself in the world of the album. As it is now, I'll give it a 4 and keep it saved to my albums on Spotify.

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Thu Apr 22 2021
4

Big Black Car Femme Fatale Blue Moon Nature Boy Dream Lover

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Sat Jul 17 2021
4

This was great power pop - both catchy and twisted. Reading the history of the band alongside is fascinating. Is this the definitive version of this album? What even is a definitive version? The production sounds so fresh.

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Wed Aug 03 2022
4

Big Star didn’t end. It imploded. Third is its wake.

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Wed Apr 14 2021
3

Bibelmusik meint meine Frau. Inhaltlich nicht gecheckt aber irgendwie hat sie schon wieder recht

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Thu Mar 11 2021
2

Very meh.

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Sun Apr 18 2021
2

Meh

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Mon Mar 22 2021
2

Meh

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Mon May 10 2021
2

Easy listening but easily forgettable too

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Wed Apr 21 2021
2

When this album started, I thought I was going to enjoy it. However, I found it a bit durgy and nothingy. I can't say it really.kept my attention

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Sat May 29 2021
2

When there are 1001 albums on the list, there are bound to be several albums that I won't be able to explain why they are on the list. This was a first listen to a band I've never heard of. This isn't the worst album I've heard so far, but it didn't even make it to "okay".

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Mon Jun 14 2021
2

Left little impression. Not for me

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Wed Aug 25 2021
2

forgettable

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Thu Mar 24 2022
1

Kann ich nix mit anfangen. Ich weiß nicht, was das soll.

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Fri Jul 02 2021
5

Hindsight is a funny thing. Big Star's Third wasn't readily available to the public upon it's release, so it gained a big of a mysterious quality to fans, especially considering this record's defining quality was the disintegration of the band. What happened to make this the last Big Star record, and what made Alex Chilton abandon his band's signature sound only to wander the deserts of underground musical genres for the next 15 years. The production, while rough and borderline unfinished in places, have a real magical quality in the context of the band's history. They achieved pop perfection with songs like "September Gurls", but here we get a look behind the scenes, at the raw emotions Jody Stephens and Chilton were feeling. Their music had remained in the shadows, and that hurt and anguish is felt through an album that feels like it's being stitched together before your very eyes. I agree with Nick about this record having a huge impact on bands like Yo La Tengo, REM, Wilco, the Replacements, Teenage Fanclub, etc. etc. I'm not always in the mood for the depths and tension in this album, but it's a masterpiece by my account. Fav tracks: Kanga Roo, Thank You Friends, Blue Moon, You Can't Have Me, For You, Big Black Car

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Sun May 16 2021
5

4.5

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Sun Mar 06 2022
5

I have to say, I'm surprised seeing how few 5 star ratings there are for this album, but I guess Big Star doesn't resonate with everyone. I've been obsessed with Big Star since discovering them in 1992 when Rykodisk put out the Live album and the Jim Dickinson version of this one. I'm not sure what it is that made them so magical - some combination of the music and the story I suppose. Of the material that they released, which was unfortunately not a lot, this is my favorite. The songs are incredibly beautiful, strange, dark, and fragile. They feel as if they could fall apart at any moment, and in some cases they do. A reflection of Alex Chilton's mental state at the time I guess. "Get me out of here, I hate it here," from Nightime breaks my heart every time. Since I already know this album inside and out, I took the opportunity today to listen to Complete Third, the 2016 Omnivore release that includes all the demo versions, rough takes, and ultimately the masters. It's 3 hours long, so it's a lot, but it's a treat to hear how beautiful these songs already were at the demo stage with just acoustic guitar (or piano in a couple of cases) and Alex's lilting falsetto, and then how they were fleshed gradually with strings and other instruments. It's also a treat hearing some of the cover versions he chose to play around with, in particular the Velvet Underground's Femme Fatale and the Beach Boys Don't Worry Baby, which can only be found on the Complete release. His voice was a beautiful fit for those songs. It's a shame that Alex turned his back on the type of music he was making at this point in his life. I've never been a big fan of his solo work, but he was who he was, and that's partly what makes him great. A musical genius for sure, and this album is the best evidence of that. 5 stars.

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Fri Jun 10 2022
5

A lot like the Velvet Underground but different in interesting ways

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Thu Jun 16 2022
5

Most haunted (non) album of all times Prefs: TOUT Moins prefs: RIEN

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Wed Jun 22 2022
5

An album I've never listened to before now. And I've heard a lot of these songs before because they've been covered by bands I like (This Mortal Coil, Placebo, Jeff Buckley) or are covers themselves like Femme Fatale. A very interesting ramschackle of an album that seems to have had more success among musicians than it did commercially. And now listening to the entire album a 4th time it dawns on me why it is. My first listen was a decidedly 'meh'-experience. But it sure is growing, into an album I would listen to again and again, especially songs like Holocaust and Kanga Roo. It's dark, it's emotional it's terribly played. Absolutely amazing album. 4,5*

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Thu Jul 14 2022
5

Often heard about them when reading REM interviews in the music press way back when, but pre-streaming/internet I would never hear them. So I guess now I'm going to hear them. The full album is on A***on Music, which trump's Spotify's pitiful offering of missing tracks. And, well, it's beautiful. Of course I was going to like this as a lifelong fan of REM, particularly their early stuff, of which this is most reminiscent, or vice versa. You can absolutely hear the Replacements too, and stuff like the Green Pajamas. Yes the production is loose as fuck, but for me thats all part of the charm. There's great tunes here, that vary between up tempo freak outs (You can't Have Me) and quietly devastating (Holocaust). Kanga Roo feels like a precursor to shoegaze in places and is absolutely wonderful. Anyway I'm a sucker for the mythology around 'lost' records like this, and 'Smile', with tracks scattered around all over the place, where noone can agree on the running order. Then someone finally does, decades later. Love it.

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Mon Jul 18 2022
5

I really loved that production all around really enjoyable - 10/10

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Wed Aug 24 2022
5

I like the big star

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Thu Oct 06 2022
5

This is a great album but it required a couple of replays from me to fully appreciate it. Definitely not something to just put in the background. The listing is a mess and varies in each issue, which results in sudden change of moods and styles. I was listening to Spotify version with a few bonus tracks. I can definitely see how this band and the album (which I have never listened to prior) was so influential to (mainly) American alternative bands. There's a wide spectrum of genres that can be spotted on the album, from powerpop (O, Dana), baroque pop (For You), glam rock (You Can't Have Me) and more folky tunes (Big Black Car). My favorites are the ballads which go from extremely sad and depressing (Holocaust, Big Black Car) to sweet love songs (Blue Moon, For You). I also enjoyed a lot the bonus track - Till The End of The Day which sounds like the Beatles meets powerpop. I also love the fragile voice of the singer, at times on the verge of completely breaking down. The only thing I did not care for was the Holocaust analogy, I think its a bit over the top and unneccessary, sounded a bit juvenile. Overall, the album is not only relevant thanks to its later influences, but also is a great piece of music on its own.

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Sun Nov 27 2022
5

Another album that defies classification. It contains elements of punk, new wave, symphonic pop, and experimental music. Lyrically, the album is dark and brooding which pairs well with the power pop underpinnings. Nothing about this album is straightforward. It is challenging but incredibly rewarding.

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Mon May 31 2021
4

Wonderful album

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Thu May 06 2021
4

Enjoyable but not really near classic status for me.

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Fri Jan 29 2021
4

As much as I love Big Star, I don't listen to this album enough. I enjoy so much about it. In some ways, I really like that this album sees the band getting a little weirder, but that creates some inconsistency and uneven moments...minor complaints for an album I still love.

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Mon May 03 2021
4

Extremely good. A solid album, and that cover of "Femme Fatale" is to die for!

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Thu May 13 2021
4

These guys are great. Wish I'd heard of them sooner.

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Thu Sep 16 2021
4

This is fantastic. I've listened to Matthew Sweet and the dB's, which likely are closely related descendants. Til the End of the Day is wonderful blistering and the rest of the album is both strong lyrically and musically. Really enjoy the somewhat haphazard energy and delivery.

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Sun Oct 10 2021
4

Most of this was enjoyable, I like the shoegazey before shoegazey was a thing-ness of Kangaroo but the happy-clappy Jesus song and the absolutely abysmal Velvet Underground cover? Not for me Clive.

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Fri Nov 05 2021
4

Can really see how it influenced bands like the Replacements. Or specifically the Replacements. A little more moody esoteric than my preference but still good to listen to and culturally relevant.

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Thu Dec 16 2021
4

I love to hear the origins of my favourite genres, and this is such a good example of early alt rock and power pop. Loved it, will likely listen again.

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Thu Jan 06 2022
4

In my mind, Big Star are a new wave band from the mid-1980s so it consistently blows my mind that their peak creative period was actually the '70s. This album, be it Sister Lovers or Third, doesn't sound like a product of the late 70s. It has a much crisper sound, no doubt signalling how ahead of its time this band was. And behold the pop stylings!

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Wed Jan 12 2022
4

Enjoyed this- too many songs and too long but great song writing. 4/5

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Mon Jan 17 2022
4

Pretty good heartbreak album

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Wed Jan 19 2022
4

This was good

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Fri Feb 11 2022
4

Enjoyable gentle rock.

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Wed Jun 08 2022
4

4/5. The tracks that hit, hit dumb hard, but the ones that dont, kinda weak

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Fri Sep 09 2022
4

I loved this. Its like OG emo. My favorite was "You Can't Have Me". The drums on that track were awesome.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
4

Interesting missing piece in pop music history. Recorded in 1972 yet has a post-punk ethos. Direct influence on This Mortal Coil and Magazine. More poppy stuff seemed to have influenced early 80s new wave like China Crisis and Haircut 100. I Was shocked to find out that Holocaust and Kangaroo were not This Mortal Coil originals. The album itself is groundbreaking but uneven. (3.8)

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Fri Sep 30 2022
4

I liked the ballads best.

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Sun Oct 23 2022
4

Ragged and wan, as if everyone knew the end was nigh. Everything feels tossed off, but in a likable way. The iron-deficient “Femme Fatale” succeeds in seeming to approach a vanishing point. “Jesus Christ” is a bit more stable but with undercurrents of apathy and listlessness. The rockers are less effective, generally, not unlike Wilco (another of their esteemed progeny) in that sense. Did Big Star deserve better? It can be said, but they are perhaps flattered by their adherents.

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Thu Nov 10 2022
4

When I first heard the third Big Star album, I wasn't impressed. The first two albums were brilliant, both definitely essential listening, but the Third didn't have the quality or consistency of the first two. The amount of covers surprised me, and the status and direction of the band was in dire straits. Years have passed and with repeated listenings, the album has grown on me and I've had a deeper appreciation for the record. Alex Chilton is a genius, but he hasn't produced anything nearly as good as the first three of Big Star album ( though he's had his moments). A cult favorite or a misunderstood classic?

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Wed Nov 16 2022
4

Super bine, j’ai aime et il se pretait tres bien a la situation. 4

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Fri Dec 02 2022
4

This album was all over the place in a good way, really inventive for the time, shame they didn't have more success.

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Fri Dec 02 2022
4

I’d never heard of or listened to these before. Sounded so much before it’s time, plenty of nice surprises in this too including a decent cover of Femme Fatale. It’s only with the hindsight of listening to it you can hear how many bands they influenced (heard a few glimpses of Teenage Fanclub and Wilco throughout). Their sound is even more impressive given the landscape of music at the time.

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Fri May 07 2021
3

Different from what I expected, and im not 100% sure how I feel about it yet. Ill probably end up coming back to it. Surprisingly sad

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Wed Dec 02 2020
3

Eight different versions of this album have been released. Eight! The book tells me that the 1992 edition is the definitive track listing, and I couldn't find that one in Spotify, so I had to create a list with all of the tracks in the correct order in order to listen. I'm not sure it was worth the trouble. The lyrics read like they were scrawled on a wrinkled piece of paper during lunch right before they were due in 7th period, and the instrumentation doesn't really elevate them enough for me. Chilton's voice is poppy and pleasant, and I suspect this is why this album has developed a following. Best track: O, Dana.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
3

Eerst wat opvalt is de mastering, alles clean en niks overheerst. Muzikaal ook interessante compositie met diverse instrumenten, die ook nog eens lekker in stereo zijn gemixt. Niet helemaal mijn muziek smaak, maar kan het wel waarderen.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
3

meh, not for me

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Fri Feb 26 2021
3

Interesting background but the music didn’t stand out to me, Especially for late 70’s

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Mon Apr 19 2021
3

Not bad, I knew the song "Holocaust" which is probably my favorite but... calling someone a Holocaust is maybe a bit much in respect to the actual Holocaust. 3.5 down to 3. I kinda like the singers voice but it doesn't go beyond that for me much.

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Sun Jan 24 2021
3

Pretty good not really memerable

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Fri Jan 22 2021
3

Not all on Spotify

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Mon Apr 19 2021
3

This mag be unfair but these songs sound like they are trying to be deep and profound but it sounds insincere or inauthentic to me. Was surprised to find out they are American, they sounded super British to me. Given the timeframe they were ahead of their time in terms of the Britpop and Altrock stuff that became super prevalent in the 90's. Reading that this album was shelved due to its lack of commercial appeal and released years later makes me a little more sympathetic knowing they were underdogs.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
3

Not really my thing, but you can hear the influence they had on a lot of later bands

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Thu Jan 21 2021
3

Nice but nothing really stood out

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Sun Jun 06 2021
3

Pausado. Relajado. Sin grandes estridencias. Buena voz y melodías

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Mon Feb 15 2021
3

Nazwa plyty badz bandy nie przynosi mi nic na mysl, slychac rokowanie, ktore stara sie byc przystepne dla sluchacza, wiec taki rokowy pop, discog okresla albumik jako power pop, pop z moca gitarek rokowych, brzmi calkiem solidnie, pierwsze zaskoczenie to czwarty track, zatytulowany jesus christ, brzmi jak przykladowa piosenka chrzescijanskiego roka, ale skad ona sie wziela na tym albumie w takim miejscu, nie jestem w stanie tego zrozumiec, sprawdzilem czy album nie byl wypuszczony na swieta, nie bo w marcu, rozwiazalo to kolejna zagadke czemu brzmi tak wczesno rokowo, choc to 78 wydanie, ale nagrywane od 74, tylko z wypuszczeniem plyty byly jakies klopoty, nastepny kawalek kolejna niespodzianka, femme fatale, czyli cover klasycznego velvet undergroundowego kawalka, calkiem przypadl mi do gustu ten trak z meskim wokalem, bo jednak niko nigdy nie byla najlepszym elementem welwetow, z kolejnych numerow rowniez czuc inspiracje velvetami, traki na plejliste to wspomniany cover i thank you friends

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Sun Mar 21 2021
3

Is this the second big star record on here? I'm not sure I understand that. This album is ok, but certainly not worthy of ALSO hearing in 1001 alongside #1 Record. But it was good pop rock. The Femme Fatale cover was nice, nighttime was touching, some other charming moments. could see this being a favorite had I grown up with it. maybe 10 years down the road I will, idk

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Sun Mar 07 2021
3

Interesting old unheard album.

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Mon Jun 21 2021
3

I think I should have heard of them? I haven't and maybe their influences are all known to me from others. But this album didn't move me.

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Wed Apr 14 2021
3

Ganz cool!

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Sun Apr 11 2021
3

Pretty good if you enjoy rock 'n roll. Not a favorite of mine though.

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Mon Apr 26 2021
3

ok better be good cause its the longest album i got so far lol. reissue is not on spotify but og album has all songs minus the bonus track so i could look that one up on youtube if i care enough. its whatever so far. dont hate it yet. its nice enough bg music at least, there's enough variety in sound and song themes that im not bored yet. im surprised im okay with it still 8 tracks in. no standout songs though, maybe stroke it noel. nature boy, till the end of the day, dream lover was a nice 3 song streak. looked up the bonus track on spotify it was on a different comp album or something. its the most different song to the others i actually prefer the album without it. i kinda liked the album overall? not sure id go back to it but i did save the tracks i mentioned.

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Sun Jul 04 2021
3

3 1/2

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Fri May 14 2021
3

Started a little odd, wasn't vibing with it too much. Suddenly I'm 10 songs in and tapping my foot along, not bad.

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Sun Jul 04 2021
3

(3.5)

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Fri Jul 02 2021
3

I love these weird albums. The vocals and echoing instruments draw me reminscent of psychedelia. My favorite track is "Kanga Roo" but there are several highlights like the "Femme Fatale" cover, "Stroke it Noel", and "For You" . My problem is that the album just isn't weird ENOUGH. As in, the ideas feel raw. With a good production team, you could make an album that sounds just as amazing as Pet Sounds. But without it, there's too much pressure on the vocals, which I find to be a bit monotonous.

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Thu Jul 01 2021
3

Rock clássico agradável, mas sem empolgar.

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Tue Jul 20 2021
3

Fun if somewhat slight power pop. Really elevated by the lyrics though.

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Mon Aug 23 2021
3

I didn't like all of the songs, but the songs I did like were very enjoyable to listen to. I can't say I'd really ever revisit this album again properly, maybe just a couple of songs. 3/5 stars.

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Wed Aug 25 2021
3

Solid, simple album.

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Sun Sep 19 2021
3

3.8 - Given all the acclaim surrounding this album I was expecting so much more. I enjoy some of the slapdash swagger that's underpinned with sumptuous orchestral arrangements. At times it sounds like the band is about to implode and can only move forward with the support of backing studio players. It's like they hired a string ensemble at great expense and the players arrived to the studio on time with their instruments tuned and their parts well-rehearsed, but the the band itself was visibly absent. Several hours later the band finally shuffles in, still clearly loaded from an all night bender, smelling ripe and needing a shave. They announce that they're ready to start recording and proceed to noodle through the first verse before nodding off into the chorus. Their cover of "Femme Fatale" is particularly confusing - it sounds like a mike check? "Holocaust" is like something from a high school talent show written and sung by that one girl who cuts herself. To its credit, there's a roiling, unsettled atmosphere the likes of which I've heard on no other record. I certainly cannot write it off but having listened to it twice today just to torture myself to write these words on what I think I just heard, I don't foresee returning soon.

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Tue Sep 21 2021
3

Some of this album sounded a lot like classic '70s rock - the Byrds, Bread. But other parts sounded like less instrumentally complex DeVotchKa or REM. While listening certain parts of songs reminded me both of bands that probably influenced Big Star and bands probably influenced by Big Star. I can understand why this was included despite not having heard of the band.

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Mon Nov 01 2021
3

Reading up on this album made it a more compelling story, but I still didn't care much for the sound outside of the more experimental tracks. 6/10

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Mon Nov 01 2021
3

Didn’t particularly care for anything about this but it wasn’t offensive 5/10

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Sun Dec 05 2021
3

It's interesting. Like, is it good? I don't know. It seems like a critique of music of the time maybe? As it goes on, it becomes folkier and more melancholy. The sleeper hit of the album is the much less whiny Nature Boy with its melodic piano and haunting vocals. Good - Til the End of the Night, Blue Moon, Nature Boy Art - I like it, but it's also weird that there's the two images in different resolutions.

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Fri Dec 17 2021
3

Hørte ikke lige det hele..

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Fri Dec 17 2021
3

Reminds me of Dylan, T-Rex and Bowie. At times is its own thing too. Can be heartfelt at times. Like Blue Moon, etc.

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Fri Jan 07 2022
3

OK

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Fri Feb 04 2022
3

Aquí no hay grandes aspavientos y las canciones son sobrias pero bien enfocadas. Las mejores son las de ritmo lento. Destacan las cuerdas en varias de ellas, como el chelo de “Holocaust”, que crea un ambiente denso y brumoso. Un disco íntimo para escuchar en soledad.

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Wed Feb 23 2022
3

Third.

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Fri Feb 25 2022
3

This album is at best, an okay album making it difficult to appreciate as an album necessary to listen to. There are some emo elements, which while not exactly a turn-off, does not warrant any particular endorsements as a result. Perhaps this wide-range of pop-rock mixed with the aforementioned is where this album can be acknowledged for having shaped a genre. Add to the rotation for when not feeling the urge to pay attention, Big Star makes good music and the listener is likely to feel indifferently okay about it. That is not a bad thing, and perhaps on a different day that mood will be more favorable.

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Wed Mar 02 2022
3

Very pleasant, but then it stopped and at the end, I'm not sure if I remembered listening to anything at all.

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Fri Mar 11 2022
3

Listenable enough, started well with a cool 70s rock sound but ended up a bit dreary

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Thu Mar 17 2022
3

I've heard a lot about Big Star over the years, but never really listened to them. Interesting album with its own sound

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Thu Mar 17 2022
3

It's fine. I was expecting a lot more from this and I unfortunately didn't get it

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Sun Mar 20 2022
3

So, I'd never really listened to much of this band. A few songs here and there. Idk if this album will change that, it's really depressing.

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Wed Mar 23 2022
3

I've never heard of Big Star at all! I don't particularly enjoy this type of singing voice. I know people like that kind of imperfect rough raw voice where it almost sounds a bit strangled sometimes trying to hit some notes. It actually puts me on edge a bit. I really like this track Nature Boy, aside from my previous comment, the piano is lovely and the lyrics are interesting and unusual. I like the minor key melody too and vintage bluesy/jazz feel. I also really enjoy Till the end of the Day. This has a strong Beatles vibe, I love the bassline and the fun guitars in general. Apart from those two tracks I found the rest of the album pretty dull and that meant the voice grated on me. I did listen to the next album which popped up after and it sounded wayyyyy better. This album just isn't really for me so much.

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Wed Mar 23 2022
3

read a bit more about big star, cult following, etc. etc. this album was... solid?

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Wed Mar 23 2022
3

Fine, but not my favorite.

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Sun Mar 27 2022
3

I hated the vocals of this album at first but it got better as it went along. Missing some songs on spotify but the ones I did hear were fine

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Wed Apr 06 2022
3

I skipped because half he songs were greyed out. Decided to be generous rating wise.

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Mon Apr 11 2022
3

Bom.

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Fri Apr 15 2022
3

interesting album tbh, its a shame the other songs arent on spotify.

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Wed May 11 2022
3

Will need another listen, first go through sounds like it had potential for good folksy morning music.

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Sun Jun 12 2022
3

Knew nothing about this band before I pressed play... and I kind of still don't. 70s rock and roll in the dictionary is probably just a photo of someone listening to this album I guess. I can't imagine anyone listening to this and being glad they weren't listening to like... any other 70s rock band. Zeppelin? Queen? Literally anyone else is better.

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Sun Jun 12 2022
3

Identifying Big Star

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Mon Jun 20 2022
3

Never heard of Big Star. The album is nice though. Best tracks: Femme Fatale, Thank You Friends, Big Black Car, Holocaust, Kanga Roo, Till the End of the Day,

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Thu Jul 07 2022
3

A peek into the brain of Alex Chilton shows that he probably wasn't in a healthy state of mind. The viral melodies of the early albums have gone and though he can't quite shake off the power pop he wore it's not as catchy as it could be. Best Tracks: Thank You Friends; Holocaust; Blue Moon

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Thu Jul 14 2022
3

Hippie and vibey. Just ok though.

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Thu Jul 14 2022
3

It's a bit of a snooze, but easy on the ears and has a few good songs here and there.

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Wed Jul 20 2022
3

I prefer their earlier stuff, although I like the tracks This Mortal Coil covered.

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Fri Jul 22 2022
3

Ну нормально. Ни рыба, ни мясо.

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Mon Jul 25 2022
3

3/5. Not the best production I've heard from around the late 1970s. It's an interesting album the track Holocaust is quite haunting. I feel like when this album hits its mark it is amazing but when it misses its a bit flat. Could cull quite a few songs to make a more solid experience.

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Fri Aug 05 2022
3

Not bad, interesting introspective rock album

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Sun Aug 07 2022
3

Didn't really get it/still don't.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
3

Not at all familiar with this record, the extent of my Big Star knowledge and familiarity has always been limited to "#1 Record." But this is great and all over the place, reading about the backstory and the different track listings/presentations of the album was certainly interesting. Alex Chilton rules, and this is great.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
3

I like the slow tempo and surfy guitars on big black car. Feels like heroine kinda. Acoustic sounds nice on femme fatale Cool bass playing on this tune also I like the songwriting, arranging and instrument sounds on this album. Singing isn’t blowing me away but it’s not awful. Strings are kinda cool Nice sounding reverb on night time Oboe?? Didn’t see that coming I feel like this album is getting increasingly orchestral Oh it’s rock n roll again (til the end of the day) A couple of these songs aren’t available on Spotify

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Fri Sep 09 2022
3

I dig the string arrangements Upright bass was cool in the context of the album. I really like a couple of their ballads. Dream Lover and Take Care are my favorites. Interesting fragile sounding vocal performances. I wonder why they sat on this album for 4 years before releasing. Sounds unfinished/ in refined sometimes - I’d like a shorter tighter album. Too many songs and a handful of them are covers. (I do like a dark spacey version of Nature Boy but it sounds like a demo, Femme fatale has some nice melodic bass, don’t know why they need a kinks cover)

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Mon Sep 12 2022
3

Definitely soundedway ahead of their time but ultimately the album failed to provide any highlights or standouts

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Mon Sep 12 2022
3

Not bad for a one time listen, but a little too slow in tempo with vocals that tend to be a bit whiny and irritating at times.

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Sun Sep 18 2022
3

New band to me. Quite like it, but not enough to rate highly, or to be honest, listen to it again.

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Fri Sep 30 2022
3

I tried all of their first three albums and while I agree this one is probably the most intense and artistic, I like their first album best

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Fri Oct 07 2022
3

6/10 surprisingly good but too long

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Thu Oct 20 2022
3

A pretty solid album.

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Sun Oct 30 2022
3

Made no impression

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Thu Nov 03 2022
3

I came to hear this music backwards because I first heard This Mortal Coil’s covers of Kangaroo and Holocaust back in 1984. Those covers were spectacular, and now I know where they came from. This is a somewhat quirky non commercial album and I can see why it’s become a cult favourite. It’s a grower for sure.

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Thu Nov 03 2022
3

I'm glad that the wiki notes stated correctly that this was recorded in 75 but released in 78. The first couple of tracks are great. Well written and edgy. Things get a bit gloomy after that, at least with the songs still available on Spotify, Alex Chilton's voice conveying sadness and pain perfectly. The strings work too. Chilton/Big Star fall into a category of artists from the 70s, including Television, Magazine & even Scott Walker - Spotify played him both times I finished the album - who didn't fit in to the popular movements of the day, (hard rock/prog/punk) and didn't sell much. But they developed a cult following and were influential and remembered fondly. I was ready to give a 4 but there's too many covers. The Kinks cover I like, the Nat King Cole cover I'm on the fence about, and Femme Fatale has been covered by everybody since.

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Thu Nov 03 2022
3

Holy Melancholy Batman! The songs remind me of the Wilco songs I have a hard time getting into. I know that's not a ringing endorsement but, with enough time, I often end up liking the Wilco songs. One day isn't enough to know if the same could be said for the Big Star songs. Femme Fatale was a pleasant surprise. +1 for that.

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Sun Nov 20 2022
3

Pas mauvais sans plus

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Thu Nov 24 2022
3

first listen decent but not much stood out to me

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Thu Dec 01 2022
3

Good album, can’t believe it’s on here rather than #1 record as 3rd isn’t their best - some brilliant ones like O’Dana and Holocaust but overall average

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Fri Dec 02 2022
3

Never heard of big star before this..... After the first 4 tracks I wasn't convinced at all. Femme fatale was really good but it's a cover... It then got a bit more interesting but also a bit weird in parts. Liked the cheery holocaust. Blue moon and nighttime too Would probably listen again!

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Fri Dec 02 2022
3

Hadn't heard of them, but it seems that they are meant to be quite good.I thought the album was just fine, but still not overly memorable. I liked For You.

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Wed May 26 2021
2

Didn’t really do it for me

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Sun Feb 21 2021
2

People really talk up Big Star and their stature, but I just don't get it. It's... fine?

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Thu Jan 28 2021
2

Kinda cool 70s/80s type rock vibe

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Thu Jun 17 2021
2

En Spotify no está completo y tal cual lo enlaza la lista tampoco está en Youtube Music, así que lo escuché mezclando canciones de las dos plataformas. Big Star es uno de esos grupos del que todos los entendidos hablan y que en general nunca tuvo éxito. Este disco supongo que es un buen ejemplo de ellos. Está bien, tiene canciones bonitas pero no termina de ser gran cosa. Lo siento pero para mí es un disco normalito.

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Sun Jan 24 2021
2

Discovered a song from Mouling Rouge, which was cool, the rest was meh though.

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Mon Feb 08 2021
2

Sin pena no gloria

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Fri Mar 19 2021
2

Actually listenable. Different sounds/styles, not great though, almost 3 star

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Sat May 22 2021
2

Mediocre 70s Garage rock and balladeering. Not special.

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Wed Apr 28 2021
2

Ganske lite minneverdig poprock.

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Fri Apr 16 2021
2

Based on when this album came out, I can hear how it is part of the continued evolution of many sub-genres of rock. It's got a late 60's rock sound to it but also sounds a bit precursive to some "alt-rock" styles. Very talented band, but I'm not a fan of the vocals and this is not the kind of music I would like to listen to regularly.

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Mon May 17 2021
2

I liked the song that was in Moulin rouge but not really the others.

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Mon May 17 2021
2

Pretty unmemorable

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Sat Jun 12 2021
2

Eh.

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Thu May 27 2021
2

Nope

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Thu Aug 26 2021
2

This is the third album from Big Star and it's a pop album that documents the decline of the band. This album became far more popular - a cult classic even - years after release when it was re-released multiple times. It is beautiful but haunting, personal & experimental, but also erratic and impassioned. Critics described the album as the sounds of a band sinking and slowly falling apart, which I agree with. It makes a great "heart break" album. The album is not horrible, but you can tell something was off during recording.

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Fri Sep 03 2021
2

I'd rather die than listen to this again

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Thu Sep 16 2021
2

What a mess. Apparently there are two similarly named albums? It's listenable, but not memorable. It's one long... expansive album.

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Fri Sep 17 2021
2

I was not familiar with any of the songs. I was familiar with the band. Some decent songs. Some songs were just meh.

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Fri Sep 24 2021
2

Wee bit disappointed. No real grinders to be had here

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Sun Oct 10 2021
2

I want to feel you deep inside. Given the names of some of the songs (Holocaust), I was expecting more than soft rock pop. If it was a sexual experience, it'd be premature ejaculation followed by uncontrollable weeping and deep shame.

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Wed Oct 27 2021
2

A lot of drivelers. This sort of vocals in particular are not too appealing

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Mon Nov 01 2021
2

4/10. Based on the first song, this album is not worth the additional hassle of not being on spotify and having different song orders for several different releases… Overall, I don't love the singer's voice, and while the music is not as boring as it could have been for an album of this length, it is not really pleasant to listen to either.

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Thu Nov 04 2021
2

Það er einhver kaos tilfinning í þessari plötu. Áhugaverð, en þarf ekkert að hlusta aftur.

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Mon Nov 08 2021
2

Nothing exceptional. Voice didnt do it for me.

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Thu Dec 02 2021
2

Some interesting textures and ideas here and there, but not nearly enough to unify these scattershot tracks into a cohesive whole.

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Fri Dec 03 2021
2

Not a bad time but nothing wowed me.

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Sun Dec 05 2021
2

#1 Record is a good album. This is not. I tuned out when they started singing about Jesus.

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Sun Dec 12 2021
2

Kinda dull, I don't get it. Femme Fatale was a nice track, which surprised me, so I googled it and it turns out they didn't even write that one

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Mon Jan 03 2022
2

Classic 70s but just too depressing for me

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Fri Feb 04 2022
2

"Kizza Me" is really fucking bad. But from there on it's ok. I always loved "Nature Boy" but they don't quite do it justice on this one. Eh ok, but I need a little more time.

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Mon Feb 21 2022
2

I found it a bit underwhelming. The singer does not sound very confident in himself I probably could enjoy a couple of these songs on their own, but as a collection it's just a bit too much Also what a lame cover of Femme Fatale lol

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Wed Mar 23 2022
2

I just found this a bit dull, nothing much going on. Sometimes I like that really simple, stripped back rock ballad stuff but usually it has to come as a one off amongst so really good stuff and this didn't have enough good stuff.

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Wed Mar 23 2022
2

This hasn't left much of an impression on me and I've attempted to get through it a few times. Confusing really. I think just a bit beige rock.

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Wed Mar 23 2022
2

Low key bland indie.

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Wed Apr 13 2022
2

big star gets two star on thars

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Wed Apr 20 2022
2

Disco muy raro, de esos que no tienen sentido de estar en la lista. El sonido es a veces de banda setentera y a veces de alternativo de los noventa, pero en definitiva nada memorable. Next!

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Wed Apr 20 2022
2

Genre: Pop Rock 2/5 Big Star, led by guitarist/vocalist Alex Chilton, who in his own right was a figurehead amongst many who succeeded in the 80s rock scene, made this album we have here. This particular release is a deluxe reissue, with some bonus tracks thrown in at the end, I guess as some sort of treat for us listeners. Unfortunately for us listeners, this thing is a mess. And not in a cleverly produced, well-written, White Album kind of way. The album, which is sequenced slighty differently than it was upon its initial release, jumps between soft, gentle ballads to erratic, unfinished-sounding jams at the flip of a coin. There are moments of tranquil and beauty here, For You and Nighttime stand out, and moments where the instruments go on much more interesting tangents than what the song was originally doing, like You Can't Have Me, which had some great drum breaks. But the overwhelming majority of the songs sound like Chilton is just not giving a shit. Bad singing, inconsistent songwriting, and a project that even without the bonus tracks feels too long. Days of Future Passed is not in this book. Albums like this remind me of that fact.

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Sun May 15 2022
2

This album was putting me to sleep until Nature Boy came on and then I wanted to watch Moulin Rouge. I was really not into this album

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Thu May 19 2022
2

God this was boring and whiny. I did not enjoy this album at all.

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Fri May 27 2022
2

Not my fav

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Thu Jun 02 2022
2

Did I really need to hear this before I die?

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Sun Jul 03 2022
2

This one didn’t do much for me.

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Thu Jul 07 2022
2

It sounds like a half-finished jumble. I know that’s sort of because it was, but it doesn’t really excuse the fact it’s a bit all over the place.

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Sun Jul 17 2022
2

A few songs were missing from Spotify but I definitely got the jist. Completely unfocused and all over the place. Some pretty cool moments, but still a mess overall. Also not a fan of the vocals.

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Wed Aug 03 2022
2

I feel the need to specify that Big Star's third album (aptly named Third), has had a few different releases with different tracklists over the years. Looking iy up in the book, 1001 specifically calls on the 1992 release which has 19 tracks total. This version, sadly, is not available on Spotify. I'll be listening to a copy of the 1992 release that I've found myself. This is a very strange album for Big Star. Recording was marred with issues as the band fell apart. The original 1978 release was completely macgyvered from the tapes acquired by PVC. Listening to the 1992 version, it still feels like a mess. Some parts of the albums have lots of strings which, while adding a certain dramatic flair, do little to enhance the songs. Other songs feel somewhat incomplete or lack a proper ending. Normally I would chalk this up to creative decisions, but given the history surrounding this album I would be hesitant to do so. It's a shame because these songs are still good. Alex Chilton is an amazing song writer, we know this from Big Star's previous two albums. While I can recommend those wholeheartedly, I'm not sure I can say the same for Third. Third should be left as a sort of black sheep for fans who are already familiar with Big Star. I tend to take issue with albums that are messy like this, so I'll be giving it a harsh rating, but don't let it deter you from enjoying it.

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Wed Aug 10 2022
2

Yet another case of a band/album, that is on the list due to 'innovation', or a historical context. Big Star is apparently a big influence to a myriad of Alternative pop/rock bands of 90s, so as a precursor to a whole generation, it is celebrated now across the world (the world of critics, at least). My problem with this album is that whenever a record is on this list because of the musical context, it doesn't have any standalone power. It is a very bland album, just with a new concept, or a new way of post-production. This is the case with Third/Sister Lovers. After listening to whole album I am not able to pinpoint anything I liked. Or even anything that pick up my attention. I can agree that songs sounded very modern, not like made in 90s, but that doesn't change the fact that I wouldn't listen to it right now. I'll leave it to professional critics howmuch this band change the course of musical history, but for my amateur-self, it is a very boring album.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
2

AllMusic's retrospective review of the album gave it five stars calling it a "shambling wreck of an album" while at the same time "among the most harrowing experiences in pop music; impassioned, erratic, and stark" and "the slow, sinking sound of a band falling apart". Yep, that's pretty much what it sounds like

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Thu Sep 01 2022
2

meh, pas mon style, titre 1 = bon morceau

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Fri Sep 02 2022
2

Like if all the Beatles were sad

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Thu Sep 08 2022
2

Not a huge fan of this album at all.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
2

Not my cup of tea

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Fri Sep 23 2022
2

I didn't hate it

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Mon Sep 26 2022
2

It was okay. Not gonna go back to it

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Wed Sep 28 2022
2

Garden variety talentless crap. Usually when I say "what's this in the list for?" it's because I hate the album. But this... is too bland to hate. Or like. I couldn't imagine anyone going UGGHHH THIS IS THE WORST THING EVER any more than OMG FINALLY A REASON TO LIVE. Maybe if the whole album was on spotify and I'd had to hear all 55min I would have had stronger feelings. At ~30min it was just mildly boring. 2/5.

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Fri Oct 07 2022
2

There's so much better music to represent the genre and the period than this bland and uninspiring album.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
2

Perfectly competent, but I'm struggling to find the appeal. It's just boring. 2/5

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Fri Oct 28 2022
2

American Cult act with definitive British Invasion era influences. A rebellious structure in musicality.

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Thu Nov 24 2022
2

Dit album ontbreekt wat enthousiasme. De integere songs waren saai, de opgewekte misten 'schwung'

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Fri Dec 02 2022
2

I found very little to enjoy in this album.

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Fri Dec 02 2022
2

This was a little dreary for many songs. Also spotify didn't have all the songs. I preferred the first Big Star album.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
1

So boring

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Thu Mar 11 2021
1

Am behind. Listened to some of this, but it was doing nothing for me.

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Sat May 08 2021
1

Eh, didn't really like this

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Wed Mar 17 2021
1

Not all that compelling, but then again I didn't listen very closely. Might come back to it, but if we're being honest, probably not

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Thu Mar 04 2021
1

ah não, muito triste, pelo amor de deus

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Wed Apr 21 2021
1

Just awful.

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Tue Jul 20 2021
1

Just...what? There's no defined sound for this album and none of them work particularly well, not to mention half the songs aren't available on Spotify. Gonna say no thanks.

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