Hot Water Music - Live at the Hardback
[sigh] It's all that I didn't want in a live recording. Hot Water Music
has, does, and always will impress me with the amount of energy and urgency
they put into their songs. So, when I see that they are doing a live
album, I almost wet myself. Then I get it. The songs -- They left out my
favorite (the one on the split 7" w/Six Going On Seven), but crowd pleasers
like Alachua, Manual, and Just Don't Say You Lost It are there. The crowd
-- almost nonexistant, except for when they let the audience sing the
lyrics. This ruined it for me, not having any extra noise. In between
songs, there is some talking by the audience and by HWM, but for some odd
reason, it is set extremely low under the music, so to hear it, you have to
crank your stereo. I wanted to feel what the crowd feels, I wanted to hear
them scream, to hear them yell, to hear them go wild for this fucking
AWESOME band. I mean, there were over 500 people at the show (so says the
liner notes), so where's the energy? Unless you're a fan, I would pass.
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