THE LILYS - The 3 Way

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"8 out of 10. Heasley uses the full ‘60s arsenal from choppy rhythm guitars to string sections and swirling organs.

While their previous effort (Better Can’t Make Your Life Better) was a paean to Heasley’s Kinks obsession, no band haunts this album as much as the Zombies. On “Socs Hip” Heasley sounds suspiciously like Colin Blunstone, while “Accepting Applications At University” has a weaving psychedelic organ that comes straight from the Rod Argent playbook. The thing is these songs are so good, The 3-Way is the logical follow-up to Odessey and Oracle, albeit 30 years late."- Pop Matters.

"4 stars. Similar to the Brian Jonestown Massacre, the Lilys have made a career out of impersonating a British band circa 1966. Throughout their seven-year recording life, they've moved from psychedelic to pop experimentalism and now, on The 3 Way, the group seems to be lifting generously from mod groups like the Small Faces and the Action. The fuzz guitar and Farfisa organ of "Dimes Make Dollars" and the affected Anglo singing of "Accepting Applications at University," for example, reek of the British invasion of the mid-'60s. Yet for all his posturing, the group's leader, Kurt Heasley, keeps his influences at bay enough to fill the album with songs that build on the sounds of the '60s rather than just aping them. "Leo Ryan (Our Pharaoh's Slave)," for instance, with its biting string section and saxophone noodlings, is as sophisticated as the very best U.K. pop." - AMG