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Alice live once more... 3.5 stars
on 28 March 2012
Having watched this on the TV several months ago,i was stunned at the lacklustre audience reaction,having been at the Halloween Special in Glasgow,i knew how that gig went down,Glasgow crowd mad for it as usual,the opening 40 mins one of the best audience reactions ever,until 'Halo Of Flies' killed it stone dead,more of that later.Here though the audience seems on auto pilot from the off,i'd given the benefit of the doubt re the sound mix for the tv broadcast,but its the same here,indeed at times you can easily forget that theres a crowd here,either that or they have been mixed to oblivion.
Given that its not that long since the previous live disc(Theatre of Death),it was a surprise that Alice chose to release another,so a re vamp of the set list was anticipated,and so it was ,slightly, welcome returns for the likes of 'Brutal Planet','Hey Stoopid','Elected' and 'Muscle of Love',sadly the overlong 'Halo of Flies' killed the atmosphere stone dead,most simply didnt get it,like wise the rare appearance of 'Clones',bemused looks all round where i was sitting,as a long term fan , i loved it but for most it seemed too much and momentum built up lost,sadly the live recording echoes this.
For the most part the sound quality is excellent,some may not like the drum heavy production,i do,its a decent album rather than outstanding,,the running order faithful to the show,highlighting its disjointed state,probably only for completists 3.5 stars