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Birds of Pray

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Chris Shinn - Vocals & Guitar
Chad Taylor - Guitar & Vocals
Patrick Dahlheimer - Bass
Chad Gracey - Drums

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Product details

  • Audio CD (26 May 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Island Records
  • ASIN: B00009KI0W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 144,896 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Heaven
2. She
3. The Sanctity Of Dreams
4. Run Away
5. Life Marches On
6. Like I Do
7. Sweet Release
8. Everytime I See Your Face
9. Lighthouse
10. River Town
11. Out To Dry
12. Bring The People Together
13. What Are We Fighting For?

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Live were originally labelled the poor man's U2, thanks to their anthemic choruses and earnest spirituality. Unlike the Irish superstars, however, the Pennsylvania quartet have found what they're looking for on Birds of Pray, their sixth album. Singer and principal songwriter Ed Kowalczyk proclaims in "Heaven" that not only has he got his faith back, he's seen God in his infant daughter and a sunset. Gooey sentiments, perhaps, but Kowalczyk sings them with a sweet sincerity that delivers a solid psychic punch.

The band seemed to lose their way around the turn of the century, embroidering their trademark guitar-heavy sound with an abundance of frivolous loops, gadgetry and gratuitous fretwork. This time, thankfully, they've gone back to basics, throwing out the trashy keyboards and again pounding out their rhythmically charged rock. Kowalczyk is also writing less ponderous lyrics. The singer has found his salvation in love, which has softened his stern demeanour and given his stream-of-consciousness songs a playful spin not heard before on a Live album. --Jaan Uhelszki

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Holland on 31 July 2003
Format: Audio CD
I was beginning to suspect that Live had lost the plot with their last release, V. But after about 30 seconds of listening to the opening track, Heaven, I knew that all was right with the world again. Live are once again back creating emotional, raw edged rock fronted by the sexiest vocals in music!
This album is quality throughout and is typical of Live in that you could never mistake their style for anybody else, but each album has a different feel and you'd never confuse any two of their songs for another. For veterans of well over 10 years together, they manage to sound so much more fresh and vital than many younger bands. And I've always liked Ed's lyrics as they are honest, narrative and very wry and funny in parts - that last bit often goes way over people's heads.
Stand out tracks are opener Heaven, the sublime and beautiful ballad Runaway, the powerful and very sexy Like I Do, River Town, Out To Dry, Lighthouse and Sweet Release. Last but not least is What Are We Fighting For - this is Ed's songwriting at it's most eloquent and beautiful. He manages to distill our fears and confusion about modern society and the war in Iraq in about eight sentences.
This is THE album of the year. If you think you don't like Live, buy this and fall in love.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Middelkoop on 15 May 2003
Format: Audio CD
...four guys with just their instruments, this cd mostly has hard rock songs and a few slow ones, it however doesn't have the extreme experimenting with other sounds, as we have heard on their cd V(eastern influences and computer sounds), which was in my opinion their least good album, i would even say, that V would have been a bad album hadnt it been for the brilliant "Call Me A Fool" and "Overcome". Now Birds of Prey puts it all right again, on this cd, they are making hard, melodic rock songs, as we know them from "The Distance To Here" and "Throwing Copper". Their first single Heaven(it makes me think of Run To The Water), is awesome, i especially like the melodic musicianship (is that a word?) and the lyrics, just listen to it, and u can hear Ed's (thats the singer) love for his daughter:
....i dont need no one to tell me about heaven, I look at my daughter and i believe....
And lets not forget the other songs:
-Like I Do is awesome with its hypnotising drumming, done by the excellent Chad Gracey, and the explosive vocals at times, also, note the superb guitarplaying by Chad Taylor at the end of the song!
-Sweet Release is a song thats more laid back and melodic, u got some echoing of the singers voice in the beginning too, which works surprisingly well, seeing i dont usually like that stuff.
-She, now this is a sweet song....it starts slow, melodic and then the chorus burst out of the speakers, also note how the singers voice goes from extremely low to really high (exactly 2 min into the song)....not many singers can master their voice as Ed Kowalczyk can.
-Life Marches On is a solid Live rocker, a simple song, but sooo nice!!! Think of the songs Sun and Meltdown from The Distance To Here.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kharmic Tide Pool on 1 Nov 2003
Format: Audio CD
Live's sixth (can you believe it?) album is definitely their most mature. Between V and this one there seem to have been many changes in the band's personal life, based solely on the advancing introspective nature and societal concern of the lyrics. The songs consistently have meanings behind the lyrics, or meanings patently on the surface. Much care, clearly, was put into the crafting of the words.
The music, however, is not as diverse as it once was. On Throwing Copper, many of the songs sounded different. For instance: Horse; White, Discussion; and TBD all sounded as if different bands had mande them. On Birds of Pray most of the songs sound similar musical styling. Not to mention there is also a common volume (loud) and sustained sound (loud guitar) throughout. Both of those are grating weakneses which plague the American rock genre.
If you're a Live fan, this is a great CD to add to your collection. If you've heard their music on the radio, or thought about buying an album one day, this would be a good one to buy, yes, but perhaps Throwing Copper or Secret Samadhi would be better examples of the sort of musical diversity Live is capable of.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By jaybravo on 20 Aug 2004
Format: Audio CD
As the other reviewers have pointed out, this is a big step forward after their last nu-metal inspired album "V" which was very poor. This time, the song-writing is catchy and stirring but is spoiled by a very glib performance. The verses and choruses come thick and fast, and delivered with very little subtlety, as if they're always in a great hurry to get to the next song. There are no epic moody breaks which were a feature of "Secret Samadhi" and "Throwing Copper", instead it's all in your face. This problem is compounded by the production - any subtlety or depth has been stripped away by cranking up the compression to ridiculous levels, making it sound like an FM broadcast on a middle-of-the-road rock station which is a great shame because Live songs can be so much better than that. This recording makes them sound shallow and generic. I would recommend the album for it's good songwriting, just prepare to be disappointed and frustrated by the lack of depth in the performance
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