Artist: 3 Years Hollow
Album: The Cracks
I’m going to be honest, the first time I heard Three Years Hollow, I wasn’t very impressed. It felt like every other thing on the radio these days, but I was soon to eat those words. Their debut Imagen Records release, “The Cracks” was produced by Clint Lowery and, perhaps, that’s why I felt like it was like everything else. Every producer projects their sound into the music they work on, it’s pretty much a proven fact and it definitely had that “Lowery” feel to it. That’s not to say that I am not a fan of Clint Lowery, on the contrary, I really feel he is still one of the more solid artists on the scene these days, both in his production capacity and his musical ability. After hearing the album as a whole, however, I was instantly taken aback by how much I enjoyed it in the end. The album is more or less about the different facets of life and, no matter how hard you try, how you can slip through “The Cracks” by making mistakes, being human and taking a path you didn’t necessarily want to take. But does it have the stay-power and emotion that a true rock album should have? Read on, my friends.
The first track that really jumped out at me is “Chemical Ride”, released originally through their first EP, “Remember” in 2012. The video for that track, released in 2011, has just over 401,000+ views on YouTube and is an extremely powerful clip. I’ll add it below. The track is about a troubled relationship that can be harmful at times, but in the end, it’s worth it. “Chemical Ride” means the flood of emotions, whatever they may be and how the bad balances the good as chemicals tend to do. Naturally, the version that made it on the album is remastered and has a new flavor to it in parts.
The next track that really caught my ear was the title track, “The Cracks”. It’s a track about how new love can heal a broken heart, put simply. “The cracks have been filled, breaks have been healed, my heart has been sealed with you inside” sums this track up. The instrumentals, especially the higher guitar riffs, really capture the emotion behind this one.
The final one I want to talk about is the final track on the album, the remastered version of their breakout single, “Remember”, that was originally released on the EP of the same name, along with the original version of “Chemical Ride”. It’s all about being yourself, giving all you’ve got in everything you do and making a name for yourself. “For every choice in your life that you make, how will you be remembered?” Tomorrow is never promised, so make today worth every last breath!
Make no mistake about it, I don’t think there’s a bad song on this album, but there are definitely a few that stand out more than others, as with most albums. I was wholly impressed by the album in all aspects, though. Clint’s production was flawless, the instrumentals, the vocals, the lyrics… it’s all truly worth every moment your ears will be graced by this album. If you haven’t checked out “The Cracks” yet, pick up your copy, out on Imagen Records now, and discover the next big thing in hard rock!
“Chemical Ride” Official Music Video
“Run Away” Official Music Video