3 Pears

Metascore
86

Universal acclaim - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
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  1. Entertainment Weekly
    Sep 18, 2012
    91
    Yoakam's first release in seven years is a smashing return to form. [14/21 Sep 2012, p.141]
  2. Sep 18, 2012
    90
    It's as fresh as any music he's ever made, and one of his very best albums.
  3. Sep 25, 2012
    80
    It's nothing more--or less--than the latest chapter in his extraordinary, funhouse-mirror version of honky-tonk traditionalism.
  4. Sep 18, 2012
    80
    The record draws closer to where he started: this music is entirely referential, but doesn't want to be contained. It's got some freelance cool, some autonomous energy.
  5. Sep 18, 2012
    80
    Though he's capable of being playfully satisfied, Dwight is at his best when he's consumed by yearning.
  6. Sep 18, 2012
    79
    Emerging from California's punk/roots scene, championed by the Blasters and sharing stages with X, he kept it true, while mining the tempest of a formidable rejectionist movement. 3 Pears follows the same map.
  7. 70
    Unshackled, Yoakam casually eschews his established sound for new ones, and although these pop experimentations won't please country music fundamentalists or single-searching radio executives, Yoakam has legitimized himself as an artist.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
6.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Sep 19, 2012
    10
    Classic Dwight Yoakam. His introspective and intelligent lyrics combine with his uncategorizable style to produce a great sound that leavesClassic Dwight Yoakam. His introspective and intelligent lyrics combine with his uncategorizable style to produce a great sound that leaves the listener constantly wanting more. Full Review »
  2. Dec 27, 2012
    8
    A 7 year itch maybe? Is that why it's been so long since his last album? This is vintage Yoakam, especially the opening track "Take Hold ofA 7 year itch maybe? Is that why it's been so long since his last album? This is vintage Yoakam, especially the opening track "Take Hold of My Hand". I've loved "Dim Lights etc" since Jack Ingram recorded it and I loved this version. That's not to say that tracks such as "Waterfall" or "A Heart Like Mine" pale by comparison either. Overall, it was way too long coming but well worth the wait. Let's hope it's not another 7 years before the next! Full Review »
  3. Nov 8, 2012
    10
    Ranks with his best albums, and a good purchase for anybody who wants some upbeat and very real country in their collection. Good intro to theRanks with his best albums, and a good purchase for anybody who wants some upbeat and very real country in their collection. Good intro to the genre for the country-curious. Full Review »