Thursday, April 13, 2006
Awake: The Best of Live
Just so you don't think I'm always behind the curve, like I was with A Tribe Called Quest, I'd like to state for the record that I liked Live before anyone.
I feel so cool right now. Just let me enjoy this feeling for a moment.
Ok, I'm done basking.
In all seriousness, Live is one of the best bands around, a band influenced more by the U2 school of rock than the grunge craze that seemingly allowed every bar and garage band to land a deal in the early 90's.
Seriously, I like Stone Temple Pilots, but if they weren't channeling Pearl Jam to get a deal on their first album, then uh, why have they never sounded like that since?
For those looking for a crash course in this great band, I recommend:
Track 1, "Operation: Spirit". This 1 track made me go buy Mental Jewelry (Live's first album) the first time I heard it. A great bass line and ballsy vocals (both signatures of Live).
Track 6, "Lightning Crashes". A great song that starts soft and builds on Kowalczyk's vocal power and builds into one of the best rock tracks every recorded.
Track 12, "Dolphin's Cry" a great song reminiscent of their first album in a lot of ways.
Track 19, "Walk the Line" a really nice cover of the Johnny Cash classic.
Posted by Chuck at 10:42 PM