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Birds Of Pray


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  • Audio CD (May 20 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B000093FKA
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #53,149 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Heaven
2. She
3. The Sanctity Of Dreams
4. Run Away
5. Life Marches On
6. Like I Do
7. Sweet Release
8. Everytime I See Your Face
9. Lighthouse
10. River Town
11. Out To Dry
12. Bring The People Together
13. What Are We Fighting For?

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When I first listened to this disc, I liked all the songs but none of them (with the notable exception of Like I Do) really stood out and grabbed me as a "you'll like this song forever" track like Lightning Crashes, I Alone, Dolphins Cry, Deep Enough, Run To The Water, etc. Its worth noting that track 6, Like I Do, rocked the first time I heard it and continues to rock after MANY listenings.
However, after listening to the album a few more times I started to like it more and more. Stand out tracks are She, The Sactity Of Dreams, Run Away, Like I Do, Sweet Release, and What Are We Fighting For. Really, there are only one or two tracks that I DON'T like by this point.
This album is a worthwhile buy for any serious or casual Live fan, and I would also recommend it to anyone that liked the Throwing Copper way back in the day. Just give it a few days to grow on you and you won't be disappointed.
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I wrote a review of this earlier but it seems to have disappeared! I bought this CD the day it came out and was initially very disappointed in it, but I figured I'd keep it around and see if it grew on me. I didn't love all of Live's CDs the first time I heard them (The Distance to Here took quite a while to grow on me, but I ended up really loving it) so I thought I'd wait and see on this one. Sorry guys, but a year or so later I'm still not really digging it. In fact, I've only put in my CD player a couple times in the past year and each time I was disappointed. This is not the Live that I know - this is any other band you could hear on the radio. What I loved about Live was that every album was a little different than the ones before, and I've listened to them since Mental Jewelry. Ed's lyrics were always kind of earnest and a little cheesy sometimes but often they were really thought-provoking too; unfortunately the lyrics on this album are lacking any real fire or passion. Even "What Are We Fighting For?", which is in my opinion the best song on this CD because it comes closest to the old Live I knew in subject matter, still seems like it's just lacking any sort of substance or *punch*. I don't mind that they went in a different direction from their previous albums; in fact, I expect it of them. What's so disappointing to me about this one is that they did change from what they did before, but there's nothing really different or unique about this one at all. Like I said above, there's not a whole lot to distinguish this from other mediocre bands on the radio like Three Doors Down, or even worse, Creed. I once said Live was my favorite band. I don't know if I'd say that anymore because I'd hate for someone to pick up this CD and think it represented Live at all.Read more ›
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By Jason on July 12 2004
Format: Audio CD
"Birds of Pray" isn't so much a shock as it a sigh. It's Live running on auto-pilot, and coming from a band that had up to this point been progressive, it just seems like a regression (into something far paler than they ever appeared to be).
This is far and wide the least creative Live album, musically and lyrically. Hell, it's just downright boring. The songs here are all very similar in style and composition, with gimmicky hooks and lame, lame vocals. It's all musically adept, but the melodies are just generally uninteresting. There's absolutely nothing special about Birds of Pray. Nothing makes me want to put it back in my CD player. Whereas "Throwing Copper", "Secret Samadhi" and "Distance" had elaborate musical soundscapes within each individual song -- layered and complex -- "Birds of Pray" just feels shallow and empty. There's an energy to it that Live is known for, but there's nothing supporting that energy...
There are a few catchy numbers. "She", "Like I Do", "Sweet Release", "Rivertown" and "Out to Dry" are all good on the most fundamental of levels, but even they would be the weakest links in all of Live's previous releases. They're simply too formulaic and simple.
I initially saw Ed play "Heaven" acoustic on Late Night with Craig Kilborn when the album came out, and at that point I figured he was doing some solo work. To my surprise, Live was back at it again. To my surprise, they pumped out their weakest album. I don't know if they've just run out of steam or ideas, or are just getting old and concentrating on other things, but the only reason to pick up "Birds of Pray" is the fact that not even a year after the CD's been released you can find it brand new for a buck or two.
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By Jeans Yoder on June 22 2004
Format: Audio CD
Live realized that the somewhat experimental "V" was probably the weakest album since their debut "Mental Jewelry." The follow up "Birds of Prey" has proven Live hasn't lost their touch. Hard hitting ballads throughout the album show that they are back and here to stay around for some time.
The hit sit single "Heaven" which has had more airplay of any song since "Dolphin's Cry" bellows out w/ a graceful chorus and doesn't let up. "She" bangs through awesomely and "The Sanctity of Life" speeds w/ vengence.
"Run Away" slows down things w/ a peaceful sound. About finding an internal escape from life. "Life Marches On" sounds like a Tonic song if you are familar w/ them. "Like I Do" is a array of mixed sounds. Somewhat dark and and haunting. I love this song for it's incredible guitar play.
My favorite song is "Sweet Release." This should be a single if not already. I only know that "Heaven" is. Has the single like quality to it. Chirpy chorus that's a sing-a-long to any Live fan. "Everytime I See Your Face" is a light-hearted rock song, and "Lighthouse" is a fast paced rock festival.
Another great song in my opinion that should be a single is "River Town." Almost has the same tune as "Don't Fear the Reaper" w/o the cowbell, but transitions nicely into a great song. The only problem could be the repetitivness of the music. "Out to Dry" is a chilling song nonetheless in the lyrics. Almost like an awakening. "Bring the People Together" could easily been on Throwing Copper, it's that type of sound. Fast hitting guitars, but Ed's voice carries better here. Birds of Prey finishes w/ "What Are We Fighting For" which is a good song, but not the best on the album. Not a bad end though.
If you like Throwing Copper, get this album.
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