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Artist:

Live

Album:

Songs from Black Mountain

Year: 2006
Format: CD
Label: EPIC/SonyBMG
Genre: [Pop/Rock]
Overall Rating: 8.0
Music: 7.5
Production: 9.0


It's been quite a while since Live released a new studio album (3 years already). Surprisingly their new record has already been released in Europe, but the USA release isn't until June 13th. The reason for this may be the group's overwhelming popularity in some European countries.

Musically this album isn't one of Live's strongest works... some of the songs just aren't that great. For the most part, Live has stressed pop influences more than rock voicings on this album. However, there are also some rather good songs every so often, and naturally all the songs have wonderful vocal melodies. Actually Kowalczyk. the vocalist, is the main reason why I've always liked this group - he has a really good voice, and his vocal melodies are quite inspiring. If I was to name a highlight of this album, I'd end up naming "Show" as my listening recommendation (this song just has certain intoxicating appeal to it).

Songs from Black Mountain has been produced really well, which isn't that surprising if one checks the credits... the album was mastered at Sterling Sound, New York by Ted Jensen. Overall, it's a fairly good record, though it doesn't quite represent Live at its best. Regardless, I'm sure most Live fans will find it worth listening - I, for one, did as I gave it numerous spins throughout the last week.

Release date: June 13th, 2006 (USA)

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- MAGE (May 2nd, 2006)



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LINE-UP:
Kowalczyk, Edward J.: Lead Vocals, Guitars, Backing Vocals
Taylor, chad: Lead Guitars
Dahlheimer, Patrick: Bass
Gracey, Chad: Drums

with
Camardella, Dom: Hammond on Tracks 3, 7 & 9
Campbell, David: String Arrangement and Conducting on Mystery

- Violins -
Bisharat, Charlie  Greenfield, Laurence  Hilera, Gerardo
Park, Alyssa  Hallmark, Julian  Shtrum, Haim  Vaiman, Philip

- Violas -
Dembow, Brian  Duckles, Andrew

- Cellos -
Corbett, Larry  Katayama, Suzie  Landauer, Timothy
Producer: Wirt, Jim
Mixing by: Thoener, David
Mastering by: Jensen, Ted
TRACKLIST:
Live
 - Songs from Black Mountain  CD  Cover Image
01. The River
02. Mystery
03. Get Ready
04. Show
05. Wings
06. Sofia
07. Love Shines (A Song for My Daughters About God)
08. Where Do We Go from Here?
09. Home
10. All I Need
11. You Are Not Alone
12. Night of Nights

Length: 42:29
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