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Secret Samadhi

Live Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Definately a second chance album May 21 2006
Format:Audio CD
Upon listening to this cd in it's initial stages of February '97, Secret Samadhi didn't turn my head, so to speak. That all changed in August. After shelving it due to the hangover of Throwing Copper I gave it a second chance, and to my honest surprise this cd blew me away. I played it 5 times in a row in one sitting, and came away after every sitting more breathless than the last. It's not hard to see why the critics and the general public didn't embrace this cd right away, it's dark, surreal at times and has overtones of misery, but given a chance you will realize that this is one hell of a spiritual album. It seems Ed Kowalczyk dug deep into his inner soul and came up with some very fine songs. It flows from one to another with tireless ease, culminating with my favortite track (if possible)"Insomnia and the Hole in the Universe". Give it a second and third and fourth chance, and by the time you reach "Gas Hed Goes West" hopefully you will come away with the same feeling of wonder as I did. Still my favorite LIVE album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wowzers... Dec 18 2003
Format:Audio CD
This CD is somewhat of an enigma, I must say. For me, the critical backlash it recieved is almost as interesting as the music itself. I read somewhere Live expected the album to do as well as Throwing Copper did, and while after listening to Samadhi several times I have a good understanding why it didn't pull such numbers, I do not, at ALL, understand how the album recieved far-and-wide poor reviews and had such a staggering decline in sales.
Like so many others have stated here, this is no Throwing Copper. It's far rougher around the edges, the guitars are more distorted, the melodies far edgier and the lyrics don't seem to have the same spiritual/emotional touch that TC had. In short, it's a far darker, more brooding album. It's also a much more jagged album; the songs don't blend together seamlessly like Live's previous album, the the whole seems a lot less coherent. All that said, it still makes for quite a listen.
OK... The first time I listened to Samadhi, my mind shouted "What is THIS?!". A total shock to my system, musically yes, but all that stood out on the initial listen was the lyrics. They sounded trite, ridiculous, unbelievably awful. I'll just say this -- they still do little for me, and where as I find myself understanding and connecting with much of Ed's lyrics on TC, I'm pretty much wholly disconnected from the lyrical nature of Samadhi. So be it.
Musically is where this album shines. "Lakini's Juice" drives harder than any song on TC; likewise "Turn My Head" -- a GORGEOUS, HAUNTING song (note the capitals are there for a reason) that will stand the test of time -- makes the album worth owning by its lone self.
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How do you follow up to one of the best albums of the 90's that put you on the map and made you superstars? The challenge and pressure must have been immense for the band to follow up their multi-hit Throwin Copper album. Throwing Copper sold millions and had at least four bonafide radio hits. It was THE album of 96' and I remember the anticpation that came with the release of Secret Samadhi.
Needless to say Live met the challenge head on and came out with an impressive effort that is no Throwing Copper but stands alone by itself. Live's passion that was parlayed into musical expression so effectivley on Throwing Copper is again the key to Secret Samadhi. Just like its predeccessor, the band combines a combination of fast rockers and slow ballads. Century is a hard hitting winner that could exemplifies Live's mix of lyrical tempo and edgy guitar. Graze is one of the slower songs that works well and Freaks is likable song that found limited radio exceptance. Most of the songs are solid and Gas Head Goes West ends the album in a soulfull manner.
After listening to the first five of Live's albums, they appear to have hit their high point with Throwing Copper. Secret Samadhi is a step down from that album and The Distance To Here continues the downfall.
Bottom Line: If you are a fan of Throwing Copper than this album is a must have. If you are unfamilair with Live then perhaps you should start with Throwing Copper.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid transitionary album. Aug. 21 2003
By Jay
Format:Audio CD
I really try to stay away from critiquing music online but after reading some of the reviews posted here i couldnt resist. For one this is a solid album, obviously not as "catchy" as some of their earlier work from mental jewelery and throwing copper mainly due to its' darker feel and thus far less radio friendly. One reviewer brought up the lyrics issue, how the album in some peoples opinions fall short of previous efforts and went on to argue that lyrics arent as important as the music etc. First off i agree with his point that that lyrics are somewhat lacking in the depth that live fans have come to expect, lines like "the puke smells like beer", just arent expected. That said though, their is still tremendous depth in this album, just packaged a little differently then previous albums. The lyrics are basically a much darker reflection of eds thoughts, opinions etc. What i do not agree with however is how the aformentioned reviewer claims that lyrics arent as important as the music and how "PoP" fans are more interested in lyrics etc and so rock fans shouldnt concentrate on lyrics. If you are going to stereotype pop music coming from the likes of n'sync etc. it seems to me that lyrics are the last thing considered by this genres target audience. Lets face it "Bye Bye Bye " and the like were catchy songs popular for just that reason, not the deep soul searching, introspective lyrics of mr timberlake. So the generalization is all wrong, lyrics play a huge role in this kind of music, especially Live. The music is a backdrop for the artists thoughts, feelings emotions etc. Live is no exception. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars 1 of 2
One of two Live albums worth owning. Get this and Throwing Copper.
Published 3 months ago by Neuro
5.0 out of 5 stars LIVE
Album incontournable pour tout ceux qui aime le groupe LIVE. Des bonnes touns dont ''Turn my head''. Un disque qui s'ajoute bien à une collection.
Published on Dec 18 2011 by PA
2.0 out of 5 stars Church rhymes with lurch, genius!
What Secret Samadhi proves for Live is that, yes, they can construct a good melody, Ed Kowalczyk can infue his vocals with passion, but it's difficult to care with writing this... Read more
Published on May 4 2004 by E. Kutinsky
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated jewel
After "Throwing Copper" it is not surprising this album is under appreciated. Given time to appreciate it's own individual charm, this album is creative and rocks.
Published on Nov. 11 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Wake Up
It seems as though none of you are able to comprehend the idea that the lyrics on this album are primarily spiritually based and as with anything that delves into the emotional... Read more
Published on Aug. 29 2003 by MNAchilles
5.0 out of 5 stars You don't have a clue what your missing
I have read other reviews for this CD and i just couldn't take how people were putting it down in comparison to Throwing Copper or the much unheard of yet amazing Mental... Read more
Published on Aug. 22 2003 by "bingo_the_dog"
5.0 out of 5 stars I take back what I said about the lyrics...
In a previous post, I did indeed say that the lyrics didn't matter and that it was all music that counted. I was wrong. I admit it. BUT...I was not ENTIRELY wrong. Read more
Published on June 3 2003 by John
1.0 out of 5 stars Live Drops a Bomb
I bought this CD with high expectations after Throwing Copper, and what a letdown it was. I have to wonder if Ed Kowalczyk was sniffing glue at this point in his life, because the... Read more
Published on April 9 2003 by M. Neal
4.0 out of 5 stars Weirdos Unite
Anyone who can passionately sing the lyrics "Puke stinks like beer" without sounding like a complete moron has pulled off something worth admiration. Read more
Published on April 8 2003 by Levi Stofer
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