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3rd (album) by Big Star

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3rd
3rd by Big Star (1978)
Overall rank: 513th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
80/100 (from 353 votes)
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Accolades: Award Top 10 albums of 1978 (8th)
Award Top albums of the 1970s (127th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (513th)

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Big Star bestography

3rd is ranked 2nd best out of 14 albums by Big Star on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Big Star is #1 Record which is ranked number 415 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 6,483.

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A genius musician puts his deteriorating state on tape with haunting, beautiful results. Some of the most sincere, depressing ballads ever are here in "Holocaust" and "Big Black Car." The band is only barely at all tied together, and yet everything sounds deliberate and perfect.
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Heartbroken by the lack of commercial success, the band's frontman decided to put out one more solid record before quitting, and the result is surprisingly decent. Half of the tracks on here are dark and depressing, while the rest are quite catchy and cheerful. Some might say that this is the best of Big Star's classic trilogy. I definitely agree with those people's opinions.
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From Brad1770
As a huge R.E.M fan I've had this album and band on my radar for a very long time (R.E.M have cited Big Star as major influencers).I finally got around to checking 3rd/Sister Lovers out and it did not disappoint . I love this album

The version I listened to was the 18 track version on SPOTIFY which included the 14 tracks here on BEA but in a different order plus 'Native Boy' , 'Till The End Of The Day' , Dream Lover' and 'Downs'. Every track on this album bar 'Native Boy ' and 'Downs' (both of which sounded incomplete) was sublime . I particularly loved the more atmospheric moody songs which make up the majority of the album

3 years ago in January 2015 BEA user JasonZaia posted an excellent comment outlining how he interpreted the album track order and inclusion considering Big Star never really completed this album .... please check out his post before reading on . So what I did was to order his suggested track listing on a Spotify Playlist and listened through . What I discovered was this order completely changed the album context making it a wholly moody atmospheric experience with all power pop elements removed, as I said previously I love the moody pieces and I loved this playlist

However I recon some power pop needs to be included to better represent Big Star as whole so as a result I would like to propose MY alternative track listing which leaves off the 3 weakest tracks 'O Dana' / 'Native Boy' & 'Downs'

Side 1
1/ 'Stroke It Noel' ( love this as an opener)
2/ 'Till The End of The Day' ( power pop inclusion)
3/ 'For You'
4/ 'Holocaust'
5/ 'Kanga Roo' (Holocaust and Kanga Roo need to stay together)
6/ 'You Cant Have Me'
7/ 'Thank You Friends' ( nice way to close side 1)

Side 2
1/ ' Kizza Me' ( power pop opener)
2/ 'Big Black Car'
3/ 'Nighttime'
4/ 'Jesus Christ' ( up tempo to break things up)
5/ 'Blue Moon'
6/ 'Dream Lover' ( gorgeous song a MUST inclusion)
7/ 'Take Care'
8/ 'Femme Fatale' ( this cover just seems to work as a closer )

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I sense that this is an album I would really get into after three or four listens, even as it didn't overwhelm me on the first pass.
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From TheHutts
Third/Sister Lovers is compelling and a surprisingly pleasant listen.
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A very emotional album
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Parke Putterbaugh of Rolling Stone once described this album as Alex Chilton's "untidy masterpiece" and noted that to listen to it is to be "plunged into a maelstrom of conflicting emotions." That seems about right. This is where the jangling guitars and power pop of Big Star's earlier work begins to fragment and fray, but in a way that is shatteringly gorgeous. My favorite track here is the stark twelve-string guitar ballad "Kanga-Roo," where Chilton's reedy vocals hint at the looming demise of one of rock's greatest and most influential bands.
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Being a huge Big Star fan, I have no idea why it took me so long to get into this record. But gracious I'm glad I eventually did. It's such a hauntingly beautiful collection of songs, with such a loose and almost maddening feel. With that said however, the album hangs together very well with a sense of coherence, impressive considering the album was never properly finished. Every song on here is brilliant, but the standout for me is the haunting Big Black Car. Nothing short of a masterpiece, though so are the other two Big Star discs.
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So underrated on this site, and most everywhere for that matter! It's such a dark masterpiece, it sounds like a man at the end of his wits falling apart.
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From Mez123
Finally properly released after so many years. Another masterpiece by this influential and underrated band. MEZ
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