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Secret Samadhi

4.3 out of 5 stars 116 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Feb. 18 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000003BRW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 116 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,353 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Rattlesnake
2. Lakini's Juice
3. Graze
4. Century
5. Ghost
6. Unsheathed
7. Insomnia And The Hole In The Universe
8. Turn My Head
9. Heropsychodreamer
10. Freaks
11. Merica
12. Gas Hed Goes West

Product Description

Australian Exclusive Release featuring Thier Latest Album Packaged with a Five Track Bonus Disc that Includes Freaks (Radio Edit), Lakini@s Juice (Live), Freaks (Album Version), Love My Way (Psychedelic Furs Cover), and Freaks (Remix).

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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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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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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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