The Devil Makes Three – I’m A Stranger Here [album review]

by Woody on October 29, 2013

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A Devil Makes Three show is a hot mess. Everybody is grooving and if you look around; all you see are heads bobbing up in town. Most everybody is singing along and the place is hot as shit due to all the dancing. The crowd; well the crowd is a mix of all types – hippies, yuppies, hipsters, you name it. It is a special show to be a part of and difficult to recreate on an album. I wonder if that’s why it takes them so long in between albums. I mean who would want to stop playing shows that much fun to record in a studio.

I’m A Stranger Here is the first DM3 studio album in four years. To help them capture that feeling, they enlisted Nashville legend Buddy Miller to produce. Buddy and the band did a great job as the album was live-tracked with all of then playing in the same room. The crux of the band is the same – Cooper and Pete strumming on an acoustic guitar and/or banjo while Lucia slaps the stand-up bass while providing pitch-perfect backup vocals at every turn. The album is everything you hoped the new DM3 album would be with some subtle flourishes to build on their sound including horns and fiddle on some tracks.

Two of my standout tracks are the porch-stomping tracks of Spinning Like A Top and Hallelu, which is my favorite track of the album with its fantastic chorus of They say Jesus is coming, He Must be walking, he sure ain’t running. Who can blame him, Look how we’ve done him. Hallelu. The call and response in the Forty Days is a treat as Lucia’s vocals sound fantastic on this track. And the closing track; the twangy ballad – Goodbye Old Friends is a thing of beauty.

If DM3 are going to keep on knocking out albums that are this damn good, I will be willing to keep waiting four years between releases. To help pass the time, I plan on seeing them live once or twice between the next album because as good as their albums are; the live sets are twice as good.

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