The recording sessions for Beautiful Empty produced too much music for one album. So the band decided to release a followup companion piece named Side 3. It's a continuation of the ideas, feelings, musicians, instruments, and rooms that created Beautiful Empty. Side 3 isn't a b-sides record – it's the third side of Beautiful Empty. With 6 songs and a run time of over 24 minutes, it packs more punch than a typical EP. But John Common is a notoriously prolific writer, so it's no surprise.
Take a sip from each song and see what you think:
"The Dreamers" looks at those days when "we were smart and young" through the lens of experience that may or may not be wiser.
"Good Heart" is a gorgeous ballad sung by John and Jess with nothing but piano as accompaniment. It sounds like the lost song to Breakfast At Tiffany's.
"Clap Hands" is a reinterpretation of Tom Waits' original song from his seminal album, Rain Dogs. This one is filled with lo-fi trashy grooves and field hollers.
"Don't Follow Virginia" proves that JC&BFoL aren't afraid of a waltz. Only, this waltz has a gypsy circus driving through the middle and an ending that soars out above the river.
"Do You Know My Name" in 7 words: Dark and epic -- a painfully honest appeal.
"Thinking 'Bout God" is what happens when you escape the gravitational pull of Southern Baptist bible camp and ask unsettling questions late at night.
released November 1, 2011
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