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  • Audio CD (18 April 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Epitaph
  • ASIN: B004N3CRSI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,878 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Le Prologue
2. The Sick, Sick, 6.8 Billion
3. Renegade 86'
4. Enemies (Enemigos)
5. Casino Columbus
6. Muther
7. Homeless Jazz
8. We the Pros of Con
9. H. Ledger
10. Over Being Under
11. Day 54
12. Hollywood, and She Did
13. Lemon Party
14. This Mime (A Sex Symbol)

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BBC Review

Since coming out in America towards the end of last year, a lot of hype has swelled around the release of letlive.’s latest (third in total) album over here, mainly off the back of their recent raucous and riotous UK shows. Certainly, live, they are a force to be reckoned with – a visceral ball of rage that knows neither boundaries nor limits. If you’re in the same room as the LA five-piece, then expect to become involved in their onstage – or, perhaps more aptly, offstage – shenanigans.

Such visceral, uncontrolled energy is difficult to capture and replicate on record – but somehow they’ve managed it. That said, Fake History is much more than just a barrage of blundering, blistering noise. Its 14 tracks – this UK version comes with three bonus songs – are incredibly textured. The nuances that temper the likes of Casino Columbus, an otherwise savage sing-along anthem, lend this album a sense of intricate musical multi-dimensionality that’s not been utilised in punk so well since Refused’s seminal third album, The Shape of Punk to Come, was released in 1998.

There have been numerous comparisons to that Swedish post-hardcore troupe thrown at letlive., as well as mentions of other acclaimed pioneers of the genre such as Glassjaw and At the Drive-In. But Fake History firmly establishes letlive. as their own beast, not the offspring of another. Le Prologue’s short, snappy introduction slowly explodes before segueing seamlessly into the first song proper, The Sick, Sick, 6.8 Billion: a furious, snarling indictment of peoples’ willingness to be easily led. Muther, replete with its impassioned and jazzy, swingy piano-led denouement, addresses a devastating aftermath of infidelity. We the Pros and Cons bursts with vicious, violent energy yet retains a beautifully melodic edge; and the seething Day 54 confronts not just mortality but all the decisions we – perhaps blindly – make before we kick the bucket.

Rather than an acting as an indictment of modern society and all its ills, Fake History simply asks the listener to take stock of the world around them and to form their own opinions about it. Far from didactic or preachy, it’s a lesson in the pure power of music. Pay no attention to the words that Jason Butler sings and you’ll still feel these songs course through your blood. Listen to them, and your mind – as well as your eyes and your heart – will be held wide open.

--Mischa Pearlman

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Richard J. Mason on 25 April 2011
Format: Audio CD
I'm not the sort of person to write reviews but I will make time to quickly comment on this band. To sum the album up in one word, it would have to be: emotional.

Youtube some of their live performance and you'll see the emotion emitted is beyond many mainstream bands today. The lyrics are just plain beautiful at some points in the album and the composition has a unique feel to it (in a genre where it is very easy to become generic and same-y sounding.)

It's best to describe this as a post-hardcore album, although it has distinct influences (Homeless Jazz has slight funk feel to it.) As a metalcore/hardcore fan it's very rare I stray into untested territory musically but I'm so happy I did with this band. I hope this album brings letlive. the mainstream success they clearly deserve.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Wilson on 8 Mar. 2012
Format: Audio CD
Music genres are a strange old thing. Band 'A' revolutionises our perception of what music should entail, thus defining a whole new genre, spurring a wave of copycat under dogs, all too keen to ride the band wagon, seize the 'it' sound that they have been waiting for all this time, and milk the cash cow for all it's worth. The vitriol conveyed by the pioneers of the post hardcore and yes I do mean post-hardcore and not that bland sub-context derivative commonly referred to as the 'Emo' scene of the early 00's, the greats such as At The Drive-In, Glassjaw, Refused, to name but a handful, was neglected when translated into another bands sound, who tried to emulate the brilliance of said bands. The result would sum-up the entire music scene for the forthcoming decade. Words such as 'Trite', 'Watered Down', and 'Devoid of passion, soul and energy' spring to mind. Post-Hardcore would eventually be rebranded and repackaged as the sub-mediocre genre now known as emo, the name alone is hyper-contradictory in itself, as most bands affiliated with the tag are anything but 'emotional' instead a complete shambles of routine drum beats and 3-chord progressions, replete with a frontman with all the charismatic prowess of a wet flannel. The flames of post-hardcore doused in a charade of posers more concerned and intent with style over content, more preoccupied with the time taken to straighten or ease the kink in their fringes, than performing any trace of a decent song with unbridled conviction.

This is why Letlive are the most exciting, refreshing thing to happen to music in a very long time. They should be rich, but they're not. They should be huge, but are they going to be? Hell no! But do you think that this is a concern for them? You couldn't be further from the truth.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By javelinofspam on 18 April 2011
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If you're in any doubt, do not be. For once believe the hype that surrounds this band. I'm a fairly grizzled rocker and this album is one of the most vital things I've heard in a long time. Stand up.
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By Will. B on 8 May 2014
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I had heard of letlive. some time ago, I had heard they put on a hell of a live show but that was it I never pursued their music. Then the singer (Jason Aalon Butler) featured on a Pierce The Veil track called 'Tangled In The Great Escape' and within a week I owned most of their albums. I hadn't heard a voice so good in a long time, his screams carried so much power and anger and his clean vocals were so soulful and emotional, it was something I had to find out more about. Though Jason's vocals are amazing he isn't the only one who makes up letlive. and the overall sound and intensity of the songs (musically) make this one of the best albums I've bought in a while. The album kicks off with 'The Sick, Sick, 6.8 Billion' which is a massive album opener and a favoured live track too, the title speaks for itself but the lyrics and message of the song still hit home. Then the single 'Renegade 86' follows which is a giant singalong with a mosh inducing breakdown and Jason showing his actual ability to sing in the album, he bounces between screams and clean cleverly throughout the album, the music will show intensity and he'll scream his heart out. The album remains strong throughout will the danceable 'Muther' and my personal favourite from the album 'Homeless Jazz' which holds up a massive riff and the anthemic chorus worthy of a stadium. It is true that some of the songs can sound the same because of the screaming, but once you're used to it and can hear the lyrics you realise that letlive. has something to say and in my opinion they deserve to be heard.

Essential Tracks:
The Sick, Sick, 6.8 Billion
Renegade 86
Enemies (Enemigos)
Muther
Homeless Jazz
Day 54
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By Sarah on 16 Mar. 2014
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When I first saw these guys live i was amazed, so I went home and bought this album. Now they are one of my favourite bands. Their sound and energi is just so amazing, and you can't stop listening to their music when you have first bought it.
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By Sean Whitehead on 21 Jan. 2014
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What a good album only a fool wouldn't buy this. Are you a fool NO! THEN BUY IT!!! letlive lives
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By Marc on 20 Dec. 2013
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Good cd from this underated band - good lyrics, good melodies, good screaming and punchy guitars...not for the faint hearted
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By Craig Arnold on 17 Mar. 2013
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A great album from start to finished, great album to listen to if your new to the Band definately them at there best, if this isnt there best then my God I need to know what is cuz I love this album :)
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