Crown Of Roses - Third Sign

Published Monday 7th March 2011
Crown Of Roses - Third Sign
Crown Of Roses - Third Sign

RATING 5 5 5 5 5
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 105382-17555
LABEL: Golden Swan

Reviewed by Brendan O'Regan

This is the sixth studio album from a band of veteran rockers from LeRaysville, Pennsylvania fronted by the Jampo brothers and there's a lot to like about it. First off the songs are well written and cover a variety of unusual topics (many with a Catholic flavour) - there's one on Judas' betrayal ("Thirty Pieces") and tributes to St Philomena, Mary Magdalen and St Anthony of Padua. "Snowbound" uses an attractive metaphor - snowflakes may melt but God's love won't. "Live Again" is a catchy song of renewal - "Just want to walk with my sweet Lord again". There are some good harmonies and quirky guitar licks. Unfortunately the project is let down by poor execution. The sound quality is very disappointing, whether through poor recording or mixing. Sometimes the vocals get lost behind musical arrangements that are overbearing and sometimes seem just random. And the quirky guitar bits can eventually become irritating. It has the feel of a rushed demo. This is evident even in the sleevenotes - some but not all of the lyrics are printed, and they are not in the proper running order. I suspect this group would be good live, with a skilled sound engineer, and they do have potential. But 'Third Sign''s weak production pull the whole album down.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Billy Charbel in Towanda, Pa @ 10:19 on Dec 5 2015

The band has had several singles from their 2010 Third Sign release. "Snowbound", "Live Again", and "Reasons", All have been given great Radio-Airplay on FM Radio and Internet Radio. As Indie Artists, well sounding LP with many great moments.

Posted by Monica Theresa in Scanton, PA. USA @ 08:28 on Jan 25 2014

I really like most of your article on Crown of Roses! Yes,
the Third Sign album has alot of great moments, with the incredible harmonies of the Jampo twins, William and James. However, in my opinion, The sound quality, over-all is good and strong. I have their CD and listen to it often and the more I listen to it the more I like it.
Sounds great!

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