This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):
They’ve been around for a half-dozen years and made almost as many albums, but Virginia’s Seven Mary Three seem stuck in the middle of the rock star ladder. Maybe this superior new disc will be the one to put them over the top.
The Economy of Sound is a vibrant, solid slate of guitar-driven post-grunge and pop-rock, full of chunky, chugging riffs, FM radio-ready choruses and hooks reminiscent of The Replacements, Cheap Trick and Smithereens. No doom and gloom, no hip-hop, no samples and loops — but, admittedly, no groundbreaking inspiration either. Still, if there’s a place in your heart for good old-fashioned four-piece rock ’n’ roll, you might wanna make a place in your CD collection for this disc.