Bouncing Souls “Live”

Album Reviews | Nov 22nd, 2005

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Record Label: Chunksaah Records
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Eight years after 1998’s “Tie One On”, the Bouncing Souls have released a second live album, this time a double disc on Chunksaah Records. Although a little over an hour worth of music does not usually necessitate a double disc, this album simply just rocks too hard to occupy only one CD. Simply entitled “Live”, the new album was recorded April through November 2004 at selected east coast (fuck you!) shows. The 29 song album boasts the best of the Souls; from the classics “Joe Lies (When He Cries)” and “The Freaks, The Nerds and The Romantics” to newer favorites such as “Gone” and “Anchors Aweigh” Although the album doesn’t open with the Souls’ usual live intro music “Born To Run”, an audible “Ole” chant starts off the record, making “Live” an embodiment of the energy and passion seen at a live Souls’ show. There is limited on stage banter from singer Greg Attonito and akin to a live performance, the segues are smooth and move quickly from one song to the next.

“Live” is laden with more new songs than old as to not be a repeat of “Tie One On”, but each song is a hit likely to be heard at a Bouncing Souls show. On some tracks, such as “Kate Is Great”, the crowd can be heard singing along and cheering, creating the perfect ambiance for a live album. If the Bouncing Souls can boast any quality, it is certainly consistency. They simply do not put out bad albums, and “Live” is the best of the best for the past seventeen years. The Souls are due out with a proper studio album later this year so, here’s to another rocking album, and here’s to the memories.

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Notable Tracks: They are all amazing in their own way. Especially “Kid”, “Private Radio”, “Gone”, “Born To Lose” and “Night On Earth”
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