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Live - 2003 Birds Of Pray

Ed Kowalczyc - vocals
Chad Taylor - guitars
Patrick Dalheimer - bass
Chad Gracey - drums

After Live's disastrous attempt to modernize and experiment with their sound on previous album 'V', this time around the label no doubt ordered them to get back to their classic sound from the era of albums such as 'Mental Jewelry' and 'Throwing Copper'. Of course, it's a long time since the days when 'Selling The Drama' was such a massive hit, but credit where it's due, 'Birds of Pray' is Live's sixth full studio release, and although producer Jim Wirt (Incubus, Hoobastank) brings a crisp, contemporary flavour to proceedings, the album really recaptures the traditional essence of the band.

The Songs
That much is clear from lead-off single and opening track, 'Heaven', with its gentle, soulful verse, crunching, epic chorus and typically thought-provoking lyrics from vocalist Ed Kowalczyc: 'I don't need no-one to tell me about heaven/I look at my daughter and I believe'. Similarly powerful lines are delivered on closing track 'What Are We Fighting For?', although the punchy 'Sanctity of Dreams' stretches Kowalczyc's lyrical credibility somewhat. Perhaps rather surprisingly, Live were chosen as support band for Bon Jovi's recent UK tour, but it was probably the quartet's mastery of ballads and slower-paced songs such as 'Sweet Release' and 'Everytime I See Your Face' which landed them that gig. On a more cerebral plane are the highly symbolic 'Lighthouse', the heaviest track on the album and the rousing 'River Town', while 'Out To Dry' neatly displays Live's trademark melodic sound.

In Summary
Live have made no excuses about returning to their roots on this album, and while the purists may hate it and it probably won't convert many new fans, 'Birds of Pray' will go down a storm with the die-hards.

Track Listing:
01 Heaven
02 She
03 The Sanctity of Dreams
04 Run Away
05 Life Marches On
06 Like I Do
07 Sweet Release
08 Every Time I See Your Face
09 Lighthouse
10 River Town
11 Out To Dry
12 Bring The People Together
13 What Are We Fighting For?

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#1 | trillion1999 on October 29 2011 23:55:15
I love Selling The Drama.I have heard far from all I want by this group=everything.What I have heard so far I have l liked though.
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