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6 Degrees Entertainment

Title - Third Impression
Artist - 3.2

For those unaware, this is the second installment of 3.2 by Robert Berry. Both this disc and its predecessor, The Rules Have Changed, are long-delayed companions to 3, the band Berry was one-third of alongside Keith Emerson and Carl Palmer.

Originally intended as a continuation of that outfit with Emerson’s enthusiastic participation, the group became 3.2 upon Emerson’s death, with Berry playing all the instruments.

The Rules Have Changed was a worthy successor to 1988’s To the Power of Three, avoiding most clichés while delivering an album of proggy songs similar in tone to both 3 and the efforts of Palmer’s succeeding band Asia.

Now comes Third Impression, the title presumably taken from the fact it’s the third endeavor in this vein, as well as referencing ELP’s iconic Karn Evil 9, which was broken into three sections or impressions.

1. Top Of The World
2. What Side You’re On
3. Black of the Night
4. Killer of Hope
5. Missing Piece
6. A Bond of Union
7. The Devil of Liverpool
8. Emotional Trigger
9. A Fond Farewell
10. Never

Less of a direct extension of its predecessors, and more a solo Berry album following in their footsteps, this quite excellent, multi-instrument musical wonderment opens on the free flowing majesty of Top Of The World and then the prog rock of What Side You’re On, and backs those up with the mid-tempo AOR of Black of the Night, the euphorically soaring Killer of Hope, before we get the delicate gossamer of Missing Piece.

The gentle piano work of the magnificent, multi-tracked vocalized A Bond of Union is then followed by the pop-rock of The Devil of Liverpool (itself complete with a grand organ solo), the late night, underground blues-rock café, mournful ballad Emotional Trigger is along next, with the album rounding out on the feisty, Who-esque A Fond Farewell, closing on the emphatic Never.

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