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Songs from Black Mountain Import

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  • Audio CD (June 6 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony Music Canada Inc.
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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1. The River
2. Mystery
3. Get Ready
4. Show
5. Wings
6. Sofia
7. Love Shines (A Song For My Daughters About God)
8. Where Do We Go From Here?
9. Home
10. All I Need
11. You Are Not Alone
12. Night of Nights

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Live has sold more than 20 million records including two albums reaching number #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart (Throwing Copper and Secret Samadhi). Now after making music together for more than half their lives, touring their way around the world, Songs From Black Mountain marks a new beginning for the original four members of Live.


Live is continuing to grow into their ambitions, as "Love Shines (A Song for My Daughters About God)" indicates, but they remain invigorated on their seventh studio recording. They deserve some credit for that as they've been at this rock thing for awhile now, forming in 1988 and releasing debut Mental Jewelry in 1991. Although there's nothing as epic here as 1994's fist-pumping anthem "I Alone," Songs from the Black Mountain still reaches for the skies--or at least the back row of the arena. Frequently taken to task for their idealism and "preachiness," the Pennsylvania quartet isn't likely to convert any non-believers this time around. Then again, the very qualities that some find precious and silly, like brow-crinkling seriousness, strike others as passionate and spiritual. Live aren't taking any risks on this outing, unless the pro-soldier "Home" is considered a risk, but nor are they phoning it in. Well, not exactly. As always, Ed Kowalczyk sings it like he means it, but his songwriting relies too heavily on clichés and the occasional space-filling "Ooo baby" ("the River") and "Oh, yeah" ("Where Do We Go from Here?"). Rather, Live has produced a solid, respectable effort, which neither advances nor jeopardizes their cause. Can you say "holding pattern"? --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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Fan inconditionnelle du groupe, tout leur CD sont dans ma bibliothèque. Celui-ci est aussi bon que les autres. Je les aime. C'est aussi simple que cela
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa9c7b498) out of 5 stars 110 reviews
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa94b0030) out of 5 stars Uninspired June 21 2006
By Fred - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Even the most ardent fans of Live must admit that this is possibly the most lame effort the band has made in their entire career. Every artist/band has missteps in their career, and here it is in all its shining non-glory. The problem, though, is that releasing your most boring album at a time when your popularity is already pretty much in the cellar is career suicide. This is a time when a band should sound refreshed, re-energized and ready to play. Unfortunately, "Songs From Black Mountain" may be an indication that the boys just don't have it anymore. All the songs drone on with mediocrity, a lack of melodic hook and missing the raw energy that we've grown accustomed to hearing on every Live album. It sounds as though they've taken the unreleased studio throwaways from previous albums and lumped them together on this disc. This is truly a shame, as I have loved these guys since the beginning.

If you want a lesson on how to do it right, you need to turn to Pearl Jam. After a couple of mediocre, career-threatening albums, they came roaring back with a a re-invigorated and truly inspired effort. The public loves a comeback, and these guys did it right. They ended up debuting at #1 on iTunes and #2 on the Billboard charts. Their first single shot to #1 on modern rock radio. I was so excited to hear that both Pearl Jam and Live had new releases this year, only to be blown away by one and disappointed by the other.

Someone argued that Ed Kowalczyk's having a daughter may have dragged them down somewhat. Guess what? Lots of rock bands have families and still know how to write great songs. It's not Ed's daughter that is the problem here...it's Ed!
33 of 40 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa94b0084) out of 5 stars Another stab in the chest June 22 2006
By Jason - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The most apt way to summarize this album -- and it bemoans me to say this -- is that I have absolutely no inclination to play it.

I didn't expect a great deal after 'Birds of Pray', which I thought was hands down their weakest release. For what it's worth, I do find 'Black Mountain' to be one small notch above that album, but really that doesn't mean a thing if you got in my head and magnified the word associations I have with 'Birds'. I think I repressed all the Amazon-appropriate words for that review, so I'm pretty sure a clouded rage lingers around it.

Basically this is light, relatively asinine and completely disposable pop-rock. If it does one thing right, it's the regression to a more flowing pop-natured album than the rigid, static 'Birds'. In this sense I find the album's songs constructed quite a bit like the pop-ballads of 'V', which I never minded in the first place. Sorry to say, however, even the highlights on this album can't much compare to the highlights on that album. Very few of the songs on here are unlistenable -- and a few are really quite enjoyable -- but virtually all of them are pretty lifeless. It's the kinda stuff I except to hear when I'm at a grocery store, which isn't ALL that surprising because I heard 'Birds'' "Run Away" at the local corporate grocery store more times than I'm comfortable with. I mean, this is the band that I cherished with 'Mental Jewelry' and 'Throwing Copper'... raw, biting albums of energy and thought. For shame.

Again... there are some nice songs here. When I first saw the video for the album's single, 'The River', I'm sure my face mutated into a vile, disgusting alien of awkwardness for a split second. The song and video shot through my brain like a nasty tab of LSD. GOD DAMNIT -- why can't Live just write a mother f8)#@;ng rock album again? The video was a disgrace in itself, but the tone of the music was quite literally softer and more timid than I'd heard. And not like, in a sensitive, precious light; more like a weak, lame light. Whatever. This song ultimately is an accurate sign of what the rest of the album comes to be -- breezy, well-natured songs that sound like they could have come from a benign Christian Rock group. I.E. mostly utter sh*#.

Yeah so "Sofia" is a pretty rockin' piece. Ditto with "Where Do We Go From Here". I actually like "Get Ready", which I've already read some people lambast with satanic-fueled anger. The harmony between guitar, drums, and strings near the end of "Mystery" is one of the highlights of the disc... good stuff. But you know what? They're mearly good. The best song on here isn't as good as the worst song on any of Live's releases pre-'V'. Every song on the arena-rock oriented 'The Distance to Here' rapes 'Black Mountain' in a way that I'd turn my head if I had to bear witness to it. I mean, defiles. And sure, "it's a pop album", but you know what? I am a freakin' pop freak. LOVE good pop. ADORE great pop. This isn't good pop. 'V' in my opinion wasn't good pop either, but it was admirable enough for a band trying something new. This isn't pop music worth touching.

Whew. Basically, don't get it. Still love Live for their first four albums, and yet again, don't mind the maligned fifth, 'V'. So despite two bombs, 'Birds of Pray' and now 'Black Mountain', I still really do consider myself a Live fan. I just hope that, if they even do make another album, it gets........ better.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa94b04bc) out of 5 stars Just an album of reasonably nice songs....nothing more April 27 2006
By The Governor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you own Birds of Pray, you probably don't NEED to own Songs From Black Mountain.

Whilst Ed writes some unquestionably sweet uplifting tunes, the album is a bit of a let down in the sense that Live have failed to redefine or progress themselves musically or lyrically. So many of the tunes sound like rehashes of previous Live songs, whilst none feature the obscure, yet deep lyrical messages from the Throwing Copper/Secret Samadhi era. Whilst it is nice to know that Ed is content in life and for this very reason the album does indeed leave a warm feeling inside, you can't help but yearn for something more challenging. Or at least something that resmembles the clever angsy-ridden lyrical imagery of years gone by.

Musically, the album does hint at progression in songs such as Sofia, All I Need and Night of Nights, but such an approach never seems to come to the fore.

Where Do We Go From Here, Show and first single The River are inoffensive yet bland.

Mystery meanwhile, is backed by some gorgeous orchestration, whilst Sofia harks back to the comparatively left-field V album. Night of Nights is a sweet album closer featuring a mesmerisingly seductive change of beat. Get Ready will go off live and is perfect sing-a-long material for a packed arena.

Check Out: Home, Sofia, Night of Nights, Get Ready

Avoid: Show, Where Do We Go From Here
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa94b0888) out of 5 stars Songs from Phil Collins June 26 2006
By Edgy Eel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
No imagination and no creativity makes Live a dull band these days. Boring lyrics and boring guitar work make this record unlistenable. This is actually worse than V, which is incredibly bad. I will always be grateful for the great songs("Lakini's Juice", "White, Discussion", "Waitress", "Gas Hed Goes West", "Beauty of Grey") and great albums(Throwing Copper, Secret Samadhi, MJ, Distance)but I'm convinced Live's creative juices have run out. Giving this record more than 1 star just wouldn't be accurate. It happened to the Stones after Tattoo You and to U2 after Achtung Baby, so I guess it's normal to "lose it". Nevertheless, these guys put on a great show and hopefully I'll get to see them again soon.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa94b096c) out of 5 stars Best Album I've Purchased in Years! May 12 2006
By Nick Sacco - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I picked up this album three weeks ago and haven't stopped playing it. It is extremely uplifting and the lyrics are amazing to listen too. The negative reviews must have to do with the album not being as "heavy" as previous work by LIVE. Just because all the songs aren't "heavy" doesn't make the songs not good. I can listen all the way through from song 1-12 and enjoy the journey every step of the way. If your a Live fan or if you aren't, this album is definitely worth a purchase!

Favorite songs thus far: Mystery, Night of Nights, Sophia, Wings

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