We all knew there has been hope through the years for a follow-up to the great 3 album “To the power of three” – and here it is! Some 30 years after the first album, where CARL PALMER, KEITH EMERSON and ROBERT BERRY delivered their masterpiece.
This time Robert Berry is all alone. However, he’s a multi-instrumentalist and a musical genius in his own right. And in case you wonder, the name 3.2 is of course taken because it’s not the same bunch of guys anymore. It would be incorrect to call it 3.
The new CD is in many ways a tribute to the late Keith Emerson, and his song ideas have been worked on and developed by Berry. And I must say that it warms a keyboard player’s heart just by hearing those cool Roland D-50 sounds again!
The music style of 3 (and 3.2) is special and rather unique. In case you’ve missed out on 3, the closest comparison I could come up with is YES “Big generator”, since we get pretty close there. It’s a wonderful mix of progressive rock and AOR that you seldom hear.
Almost every song is very good on this CD, and it’s not easy following up on the legacy that the first album actually mean. Berry had been able to keep the analog feeling and the songs are in the same style, which is so nice to hear. Alright, I could have been without the flamenco flavoured “This letter”, but when the rest of the album brings pearls like the WORLD TRADE sounding “What you’re dreaming now”, it is all forgiven.
Only one big no no is hereby sent to the record label: it is a huge shame that it does not seem to be released on vinyl! But this is a true and solid 4 in grading anyway.