Birds of Pray
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Live was originally labeled the poor man's U2, thanks to their anthemic choruses and earnest spirituality. Unlike the Irish superstars, however, the Pennsylvania quartet have found what they're looking for on their sixth album. Singer and principal songwriter Ed Kowalczyk proclaims in "Heaven" that he not only has gotten his faith back, but also has seen God in his infant daughter and a sunset. Gooey sentiments, perhaps, but Kowalczyk delivers them with a sweet sincerity that delivers a solid psychic punch. The band seemed to have lost its way around the turn of the century by embroidering their trademark guitar-heavy sound with an abundance of frivolous loops, gadgetry, and gratuitous fretwork. This time out, they thankfully reverted back to basics, throwing out the trashy keyboards and again pounding out their rhythmically charged rock. Kowalczyk is also writing less ponderous lyrics. The singer has found his salvation in love, which has softened his stern demeanor and given his stream-of-consciousness songs a playful spin not heard before on a Live record. --Jaan Uhelszki
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
I started listening to +Live+ (always loved writing it that way) back in 1992 when I started college. Read morePublished on May 29 2004 by ran-d
PERSONALLY I THINK BIRDS OF PRAY IS EVERY BIT AS GOOD AS THROWING COPPER. I WAS VERY IMPRESSED WITH THIS CD. Read morePublished on April 10 2004 by JULIE MARSCHKE
This is my first Live albim I've bought; it's so good I'm looking into more of thier albums. It rocks hard and has great melodies. Read morePublished on March 26 2004
Great cd! Bought it when it first came out and it's been in the cd player ever since. The first listen through I knew this was a special cd.. Read morePublished on March 26 2004 by Josh
Well, I've been a +LIVE+ fan for about 5 years and I own all of their albums, I am a huge fan! First of all, I'd like to say I love this album. Its as simple as that. Read morePublished on March 4 2004 by Jessica
I love this cd. Period. Yeah it sounds completely unlike most of their other cd's, but maybe that's the reason it keeps on calling me back. Read morePublished on Feb. 23 2004 by C. Hughes
This is one of my favorite Live cds. All the songs are catchy and well-written, and they showcase Live as a mature established band. Read morePublished on Feb. 23 2004 by Josh
it seems my other review for this disapeared...
so here's my 2 cents, AGAIN
this album is VERY bad. in comparison to their others, it's bad. Read more
I have read (as of now) all 36 reviews of this album. Firstly I would like to commend ALL reviews (positive and negative) for being detailed, honest, and precise. Read morePublished on Feb. 16 2004 by robert chukwumah