Our first impression of Third was hazy – there was something seemingly askew about Cait Brennan’s match of husky vocal and power pop rock n roll musicality.
But the problem wasn’t her’s, it was ours. Once we got to grips with Brennan’s full-throttle mix of edgy pop and arty glam rock, the clouds of doubt lifted to reveal a thing of brutal wonder.
There is strong reflection of Alex Chilton with Andy Sturmer (Jellyfish) in Brennan’s vocal delivery even as there is a seriously unhinged quality about the instrumentation and arrangements – textured and visceral at the same time – able to entice and entertain.
The sheer eclecticism of the songwriting evidenced on the slinky “Bad At Apologies”, the dynamic “Stack Overflow”, the thoughtful ballad “At the End of the Word”, the quirky “A Hard Man to Leave” and the like, points to a restless creativity that comes also from the collaborative efforts of creative partner, Fernando Perdomo.
Big Star meets Jellyfish – if one ever needed a soundbite for this loving paean to the best of what pop-rock music can aspire to, that’s the one. Take a bow, Cait Brennan.
… still there’s more …