Three (Blue Man Group album)

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Three
Blue Man Group - Three cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 22, 2016
Recorded2014-2015
Length49:59
Label Rhino Entertainment
Producer Andrew Schneider, Jeff Turlik
Blue Man Group chronology
The Complex
(2003)
Three
(2016)

Three is the third studio album by Blue Man Group, released on April 22, 2016 by Rhino Entertainment.

Blue Man Group music and theatre organization

Blue Man Group is a performance art company formed in 1987, known worldwide for its various stage productions which typically incorporate many different categories of music and art, both popular and obscure, in their performances.

Rhino Entertainment American record company; subsidiary of Warner Music Group

Rhino Entertainment Company is an American specialty record label and production company founded in 1978. It is currently the catalog division for Warner Music Group. Its current CEO is Mark Pinkus.

Contents

Track listing

No.TitleLength
1."Dispatches 1"1:21
2."The Forge"3:33
3."Hex Suit"3:33
4."3 To 1"4:13
5."Alive"2:57
6."Snorkelbone"3:01
7."Cimbalom 9"4:40
8."Robots"5:10
9."Creature Feature"3:34
10."Vortex"3:47
11."Tone Spokes"2:59
12."Dispatches 2"1:38
13."Giacometti"4:21
14."Torus"5:12

Personnel

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Reception

The album was generally well received.

Allan Raible said "it may not be for everyone but as on their other two studio offerings the Blue Men show themselves to be gifted musicians." [1] David Seigler said "It has an interesting, mostly rhythmic sound that is identifiably their own." [2] Redstate said "The album is solid, with the group adding some new sounds to their arsenal while still keeping their distinct vision of what music should sound like, 8/10. [3] Mark Elliott said "Guitars are heavily featured, but there is a distinct electronic element here that was not present quite to the same degree in their previous releases. Three is certainly within the realm of rock, but one can hear influences of bands such as Kraftwerk here." [4] Simon Sweetmas said "I think Three is easily Blue Man Group’s best set of recordings, and best showcase for the dynamic maximalism the troupe offers" [5] Cristine Struble praised the use of traditional wooden instruments with modern plastic ones. [6]

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