4.0 out of 5 stars
We're Here To The End, 26 Aug 2011
If you are fan of Therapy?, their bone-crunching riffs, and their deep, dark well of songs, it's hard to go wrong with this 2-disc, career-spanning live album. Be warned; you'll find very little of the polish that accompanies their terrific studio albums... but the raw, visceral energy that Therapy? brings to the table is found in abundance on this live album. The trio of Andy Cairnes, Michael McKeegan and Neil Cooper solidly and energetically plow through older and newer stuff alike, as if the three have been playing together all their lives. (Therapy? used to consist of more members in the 1990's and early 2000's, along with a few different drummers, and even an electric cellist, before finally settling on this current lineup in the early 2000's.)
Again.. it sounds very live. It is far better than "bootleg" quality, for sure, but the rawness found on many bootlegs is present in this recording. If you are a fan of Therapy? (and I don't mean just their poppier rock... I mean ALL of it!), then I think you'll find that the rawness will only add to the enjoyment of this album.
For casual fans or curious observers? I would probably start out with one of their many great studio albums before jumping right into this behemoth of live stuff. 'Troublegum' is a classic, as is 'Nurse' or 'Infernal Love'. Their latest, 'Crooked Timber', is awesome. Maybe even their retrospective 'So Much For The Ten Year Plan'. In any case, if you're new to Therapy?, I'd suggest refraining from this here live album for a bit. It's a lot to digest, and in pretty raw form. But to serious fans... I say go for it!