Lily Liver

I've Got You Right Where You Want Me

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This is about as exhilarating and fun as pop/punk gets. Lily Liver's endlessly delayed, five-years-in-the-making first and last album was finally delivered to a hyped and salivating Twin Cities audience in 1999. Never the band to disappoint (except in their sadly short existence), Lily Liver pounds out, in classic fashion, a 14-song set of raucous, spirited rock laced with smart girl/boy harmonies that are impossible to not sing along with. While that formula may sound a bit familiar, the vitality and passion this combo plays and writes with is rare. It infuses their alternately (and sometimes simultaneously) self-deprecating and life-affirming songs with an energy that's impossible to manufacture, a sense of urgency that fairly reaches out of the speakers and grabs you by the lapels. Granted, the album does sound like a high-quality demo tape (with a surprisingly good mix), but when a group is pouring everything they have into their music, the sound quality is irrelevant; besides, the punch of low fidelity just adds to the fun. And fun it is -- the record is a blast, an unqualified classic. Play it loud.

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