As many people know, Heather is an excellent live peformer and this, Heather's first live album, shows people that. Featuring songs from Glow stars and the (then) forthcoming Oyster, Heather delivers these songs with a huge edge. Really letting go and giving us a rockier sound.
Starting with "Light years", possibly the weakest track of Oyster, Heather shows the full potential of this song and makes you stand to attention. It rocks. Definatly a highlight.
This version of "Sugar" is much weaker than the live versions on her other live albums, yet it still rocks. The chorus seems a little packed in though, and that stops it really letting go.
"Maybe an angel", too, is weaker than other live versions of the song and the studio version - but this offers us a glimpse of it's original shell, with it's original lyrics. (The lyrics were shortened in the studio version.)
"Blessed" a track only found on this album, is confident and pretty. And was probably cut from Oyster, not Glow stars. "Mother tongue" livens up the album by really letting go with a loud rockier version and yet it still sounds as angry and pain-filled as the original.
"Talking to strangers" sounds a lot like the original and this isn't a bad thing, as it's a great song. "Shaking the doll" gets louder and angrier. Wheras the original was still coming from someone who sounded vunerable, this version makes it the rage of a strong female character. The lyrics are also reworked, and have some better lines added, but I don't like the removal of the line "I'm shaking the doll." from the chorus.
"Frontier." sounds etheral and mystic and dark. And it's wonderful. An album highlight. "Doubled up" is weaker than the Oyster version, but still offers us a look at it's original shell.
Overall, I'd give this album 10 out of 10. It's probably only something fans will want. But I am a fan so I love it! And it also gives us a view of the early sounds of Oyster. My favourite Heather album. The songs from Glow stars are more confident, as they're more well known. But this is another little treasure in Heather's back catalogue.