Four Songs

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After Mental Jewelry, Live released this EP with two tracks that made that debut album ("Operation Spirit" and "Good Pain") and two that did not ("Heaven Wore a Shirt" and "Negation"). It's the latter two that warrant purchase of this EP -- "Negation" in particular. "Heaven Wore a Shirt" showcases Patrick Dahlheimer's bass grooves, which are too often buried in later efforts, but this song is mired by redundancy. "Negation" is a quiet, introspective piece that shows the best of Live -- Ed Kowalczyk's lyrics are questioning yet positive, not preachy and muddled; the song builds in energy and emotion but never resorts to the crashing crescendos that would become so prominent in their later work. Here, Live is slightly restrained -- and sounding phenomenal.

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