Album Review: “3+3” The Isley Brothers
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A Turning Point
The Isley Brothers released their eleventh studio album titled “3+3” on August 7, 1973. This is the first LP where the group officially became a sextet instead of a trio – O’Kelly Isley, Jr., Rudolph Isley and Ronald Isley and younger brothers Ernie on guitar, Marvin on bass, and in-law Chris Jasper on keyboards. The last three played in previous records but weren’t officially included in the lineup. Thus, it’s why the LP is “3+3.”
With the additional members, they added more depth and flavor to The Isley Brothers’ sound. Somehow, they made the songs more exciting. The material leaned towards rock but without compromising the R&B elements of their music. It was a risky move but one that paid off nicely for them – they retained their loyal following and welcomed a new legion of fans.
It basically became a pivotal moment for them because not everyone could pull off a third comeback like this.
“3+3′ was commercial-sounding and yet, it doesn’t come across as pretentious. A mix of covers and originals, the LP offers variety and diversity. In all the ways that matter, this was The Isley Brothers at the height of their creative powers. Few could go from funky dance numbers to searing rockers and nail it every time.