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  • Audio CD (Oct. 5 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00001QENU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 367 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,255 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. The Dolphin's Cry
2. The Distance
3. Sparkle
4. Run To The Water
5. Sun
6. Voodoo Lady
7. Where Fishes Go
8. Face And Ghost (The Children's Song)
9. Feel The Quiet River Rage
10. Meltdown
11. They Stood Up For Love
12. We Walk In The Dream
13. Dance With You

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It takes a certain kind of band in this day and age to release a single called "The Dolphin's Cry." Unsurprisingly, that band is the always earnest Live. The Distance to Here doesn't have the aura of dullness that marred 1996's Secret Samadhi, but the everybody-in-the-pool accessibility of Throwing Copper is nowhere in sight. Still walking hand in hand with producer Jerry Harrison (producer since their debut, 1991's Mental Jewelry), the Pennsylvania-based quartet go for the bombastic and naturally end up over the top. It's one thing to rhyme "shooting star" with "you'll go far," but it's another thing to think that this is a good idea. The literalness of the lyrics aside, The Distance to Here has a few moments where listeners may get caught up in a maelstrom of melody. Will they stick around for the "message?" Not likely. --Jason Josephes

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Format: Audio CD
Quite simply, this has to be one of the best musical gifts I've ever recieved -- a gift given to me by my own ability to somehow go out on a limb and purchase a CD by a band who, through my own (naively) collected knowledge, seemed to be on a downhill climb since their hugely popular 'Throwing Copper' in 1994. Oh my goodness how I'm glad I went ahead and bought "The Distance to Here". To be honest, the thing that catapulted me into getting the album was my familiarity with the single 'The Dolphin's Cry', of which I had remembered (and liked) from when the album was released... It was to a great surprise, then, that 'The Dolphin's Cry' proved to be (almost) the weakest song on the disc.
This is basically 56 minutes of beautifully written alternative/arena-rock music, with absurdly catchy and memorable hooks, totally captivating guitar work, varied instrumentation with clever electronic dabbings here and there, and an overall melodic style and energy that is more akin to 'Throwing Copper' than Live's previous release, 'Secret Samadhi'. It's a much cleaner sound than we're used to, and clearly heavier on the production side -- I 'suppose', more "commercial" or "mainstream" could be vaguely accurate -- and, because of this, feels quite a bit less connected to the listener emotionally than 'TC' (and a much lesser extent, 'SS'), but quite frankly I don't mind this at all. 'TC' was an intelligent and emotional experience that I latched onto; 'Distance' is an oft intelligent listen but it's emotional core seems to be a bit more fabricated, and generally doesn't do a whole lot for me (the concluding two songs being an exemplary exception).
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I just love this album. It still hasn't gotten old for me. I like the melodies and the earnest lyrics, but the clear production puts it over the top (and I mean that in the good sense). There really isn't a bad song on here; Voodoo Lady is probably the "least good." Going track by track . . .
1) The Dolphin's Cry (a good hard rocker--the bridge is outstanding)
2) The Distance (I love the synth harpsichord solo)
3) Sparkle (nice mid-tempo beat with good guitars and great lyrics)
4) Run to the Water (a great power ballad)
5) Sun (a great up-tempo rocker--it could have been on Throwing Copper)
6) Voodoo Lady (weird lyrics, but a cool melody)
7) Where Fishes Go (positive lyrics; I can see how the earnestness can turn some people off, but I think it's great)
8) Face and Ghost (good lyrics, good slide guitar, and some cool experimentation with a vocal filter)
9) Feel the Quiet River Rage (solid lyrics with a good arrangement)
10) Meltdown (the best arrangement on the album -- the guitars really shine)
11) They Stood Up For Love (this song has the best lyrics on the album: "We spend all of our lives / going out of our minds / looking back to our birth / forward to our demise," and I love the organ featured here)
12) We Walk in the Dream (a solid rocker)
13) Dance With You (another great ballad; it's much more mellow than Run to the Water)
The one drawback of talking about music is that you can't really describe to someone else what it sounds like. They have to hear it for themselves. I hope my review is descriptive enough for you to check out this album, because it's just an amazing piece of work. It's alt rock at its best.
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This is the beginning of an end for Live. Secret Samadhi was a great follow up Throwing Copper but after having listened to this and their next album V (which is even worse) I think that Live will have to maks some changes to regain the magic.
There is too much singing in these songs. Its that simple. Where before Ed Kowalcyzk's voice was a compiment to the musical arrangement, here it becomes incessant to the point of annoyance. Sun, Sparkle, Run To Water are examples of this. Perhaps Voodoo Lady takes the award for song on the album although Run To The Water takes a close second. You know that annoying feeling you get when someone won't shut up..on previous albums Live walked that tightwire successfully but here the fall off it. There are some good songs on the album. Dance With You works as it emits the passion of the band without being too melodramitic. They Stood Up for Love and Dolphin's Cry are good as well but not good enough to justify buying the album.
Bottom Line: The Distance To Here fails where other Live ablums succeed because the band has gotten away from the rock aspect of their music and have crossed the line into annoyance. Avoid this one.
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LIVE--One of the greatest bands ever. Known mainly for their "U2" style of music and their powerful lyrics, LIVE is one of those bands that most people have heard of, but not really heard. Their debut album "Mental Jewelry" was an amazing album, but it did not get noticed hardly at all. Then came their 2nd album "Throwing Copper" which hit and hit hard--sending LIVE to the top of the charts with singles like Selling The Drama, I Alone, and Lightning Crashes. Then came the highly underrated (and best album in my opinion), "Secret Samadhi" which captured the experimental, darker, and emotinal side of LIVE. The album was not as big as "Throwing Copper" but the music was definatly better. And now, their 4th album, "The Distance to Here", proves that LIVE can keep rocking for years to come. Here are my opinions of the tracks.
1. The Dolphin's Cry - 10/10--The hit radio single
2. The Distance - 9/10--catchy song with some cool lyrics
3. Sparkle - 9/10
4. Run to the Water - 10/10--One of my all time favorite LIVE songs--very catchy chorus with powerful lyrics
5. Sun - 9/10--one of the harder songs on the album
6. Voodoo Lady - 9/10--Cool lyrics mixed with some darker and harder riffs
7. Where Fishes Go - 8/10
8. Face and Ghost - 8/10
9. Feel the Quiet River Rage - 9/10
10. Meltdown - 10/10--very cool lyrics and catchy riffs
11. They Stood Up for Love - 9/10--another hit single
12. We Walk in the Dream - 10/10--A slower song mixed with darker riffs and some of Ed's more emotional lyrics
13. Dance With You - 10/10--Hands down my favorite ballad from LIVE--awesome guitar riffs with some cool lyrics.
So in the end--this album gets a 10/10. So far, LIVE has not dissapointed with ANY of their work. Keep it up.
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