- Audio CD (Oct. 5 1999)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Universal Music Canada
- ASIN: B00001QENU
- In-Print Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette
- Average Customer Review: 367 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,129 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Distance to Here
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Live ~ Distance To Here
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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I would like to thank Live for opening my eyes. If they could ever know how much they have effected my life. I have not seen so much spirit in centuries, centuries. I have not lived truly for so many centuries.
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). Yet, while it might seem like I'm complaining, I actually do not mind this one bit, and find the music just as captivating despite its inability to really connect with me at a deep personal level. It's strange, but entirely true -- I actually prefer the "lack" of emotion or (no pun intended) emotional 'distance' the music produces.
There are so many highlights. "Run to the Water" is a hugely inspiring, fantastic ballad; "Sun", with its fast tempo, recalls many songs on TC; "Where the Fishes Go" hypnotizes with its unique and eerie soundscape; "The Children's Song", which brings with it a brilliant use of the slide guitar, soars; "Meltdown", a perfectly produced, complex song that hits all the right notes; "They Stood Up For Love", an admittedly cheesy but undeniably addicting ballad; "Dance With You", a sincere and yearning ballad that concludes the album with class...
It's just great music, friends. I have listened to it so many times and it and I'm utterly enticed every time I listen to it. It is, officially, one of my favorite CD's, right alongside Radiohead's 'OK Computer', U2's 'The Joshua Tree', and Sunny Day Real Estate's 'Diary' (just naming a few so you can get an idea of my tastes). Lyrically, it can't hold a candle to 'Throwing Copper', but the fact that the lyrics are by-and-large mediocre is a testament to 'The Distance to Here''s musical goodness. Live would fumble with 'V' just 2 years later, and I'm not quite sure how 'Birds of Pray' turned out yet, but as far as I'm concerned this is them at the top of their game.
It's a diamond in the rough. Please do yourself a favor and get it.