Best Albums 2008: 3 – Third

I’ve already said my piece about this album, and the reward is this high placement at the end of the year.

Of course, there is an element of Third that must be reiterated – longevity. After the first listen, it’s clear that there are gripping songs and powerful emotions at work. But it is with the tenth, twentieth, maybe even twenty-fifth play that things unravel. And each track continues to reveal new things even now, eight months after the release.

“The Rip” is a real winner, with a superb minimalism and striking vocals. But that isn’t the only song to call forth such emotional response. Indeed, it is the emotion that makes Third so worthwhile. Dark tones and one-of-a-kind vocals blend to make memorable tracks that stick with you weeks after the initial play.

Really, this is something that everyone should experience. It’s a difficult listen, but very rewarding.