Tim Lee 3 was founded by guitarist/singer/songwriter Tim Lee (who’s history goes back to the ‘80s with his band the Windbreakers and as a touring member of Let’s Active, the Swimming Pool Qs, and Marty Jones’ band) and his wife, bassist/singer/songwriter Susan Bauer Lee. The group also features Chris Bratta on drums. Since its inception in 2006, TL3 has released four full-length studio albums (including the 2010 double-CD release, Raucous Americanus), two limited-edition live recordings, and an EP of previously unreleased and live material, in addition to various contributions to compilation records and substantial touring. The 2015 release of their new record, 33.1/3 on March 6, 2015, coincides with the 33.1/3 wedding anniversary of the Lees.
How can you resist a band who releases a record which contains the song “When Baby Caught Fire” as a celebration of their anniversary?
Here’s what Blurt Magazine had to say…
“… nothing could’ve prepared fans for the sheer sonic and emotional wallop that the new 33 1/3 provides.
… There’s a conversation going on here in these songs, memories of what was and what might’ve been, plus hints of what may still be to come. Significantly, all of the material is jointly credit to Tim and Susan.
That back and forth between the two singers is part of the trio’s appeal here (not to mention their lush, intuitive harmonies), offering a yin/yang quality that elevates the material beyond mere pop songcraft. Too, with a righteously solid rhythm section in Susan and drummer Chris Bratta freeing Tim to explore sundry guitar textures, from 12-string to Telecaster twang to flat-out blazing psychedelia, you’ve got a sound that at times borders on huge, belying the group’s “mere” 3-piece status.
…With 11 tracks total and not a single one even remotely inferior to another—and having listened to the album 20 times or more now, easily—your humble reviewer feels pretty good about awarding it a 5-out-of-5 star rating.”
Photos: live photo by Bill Foster. studio photo by James Patterson. All information courtesy of the official website and Susan Bauer Lee.