Kurt Heasley has a ‘60s obsession to be sure, specifically the Small Faces and the Zombies, but he’s one of the few able to co-op that sound, while managing to compose songs that sound like classics themselves. The Lilys fine musicianship helps too—they play with a confidence and enthusiasm that makes the tunes brim with vitality, and even relevance. 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.