3 Balloons

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3 Balloons
3 Balloons Album Cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released24 March 2009
GenreComedy
Length39:23
LabelHaHa/What Are Records?
Stephen Lynch chronology
Cleanest Hits
(2006)
3 Balloons
(2009)
Lion
(2012)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[1]

3 Balloons is an album by comedian/musician Stephen Lynch. According to his official website, it will be his first studio album since 2000's A Little Bit Special. As of 5 March 2009, it is available for purchase in MP3 format directly from WhatAreRecords.com.[2] It was made available from other on-line stores starting the following week of March 2009. CDs were made available for sale at shows and on-line shortly after that, and it was released in stores starting 24 March.[3]

On his official site, Lynch says:

My last two albums were recorded live in concert, just guitar and voice, and I wanted to do something different this time. Whenever I write or perform a new song, in my head I hear pianos and drums and tubas and string sections and jug bands and children's choirs. I want you to hear those things too. Except we couldn't find a children's choir whose parents would let them sing about drug mules and transsexual prostitutes. Maybe next time.

— Stephen Lynch, Official Website[4]

Most professional news sources did not review the album, with the notable exception of Allmusic's positive review, stating: "Love him or hate him — and that really does seem all there is to choose from — 3 Balloons finds novelty songster Stephen Lynch on a roll, keeping the quality high even when the formula is the same it has been for the past decade."

The album cover is a visual parody of the artwork design for the T. Rex album Electric Warrior.

Track list[edit]

All tracks are written by Stephen Lynch.

No.TitleLength
1."Waiting"3:57
2."Fishin' Hole"3:54
3."Dear Diary 1"0:47
4."Crazy Peanuts"3:08
5."3 Balloons"4:04
6."Dear Diary 2"0:48
7."Medieval Bush"2:38
8."A History Lesson"2:32
9."Dear Diary 3"0:48
10."You (Prettier Than)"2:55
11."The Ballad of Scarface"4:48
12."America"3:24
13."Dear Diary 4"0:48
14."Hallelujah"4:44

Personnel[edit]

  • Stephen Lynch – acoustic guitar, vocals
  • Dean Sharenow – drums
  • Ivan Bodley – bass
  • Rich Campbell – piano
  • Erik Della Penna – electric guitar, cigar box guitars
  • Jonathan Dinklage – violin, viola, string arrangements
  • Dave Eggar – cello
  • Rod Cone and David Josefsberg – additional vocals

References[edit]

  1. ^ 3 Balloons Stephen Lynch Allmusic.com David Jeffries
  2. ^ "Stephen Lynch : What Are Records?". Secure.whatarerecords.com. Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 1 September 2011.
  3. ^ "Stephen Lynch". Stephen Lynch. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 1 September 2011.
  4. ^ "Stephen Lynch". Stephen Lynch. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 1 September 2011.