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The Dead Daisies
Live & Louder
Release Date: May 9, 2017
While The Dead Daisies may have begun as David Lowy’s revolving door collective, the past couple of years have turned it into a finely tuned Rock and Roll beast. Live & Louder is taken from the band’s 2016 European tour and features John Corabi, Brian Tichy, Marco Mendoza, and Doug Aldrich in addition to Lowy. I could list the numerous bands that all of these guys have been in, but, realistically, if you don’t recognize those names then this probably isn’t the album for you.
Live & Louder is a mix of old and new Dead Daisies tunes with a few covers thrown in for good measure. It’s high energy Rock and Roll from start to finish. If you are looking for a modern twist on the tunes live, then look elsewhere because, if anything, they sound even more “classic rock” here. There are a few moments that get a little bar room cheesy (I’m looking at you “Make Some Noise”) but, for the most part, this is a just a straightforward trip from some veteran players.
While there isn’t a dull moment on this album, some performances certainly stand out to me more than others. “Song and a Prayer” is my favorite, with it’s great lead guitar work and catchy-as-hell melody. It boggles my mind as to why this hasn’t been a huge hit. The band’s cover of “Fortunate Son” follows it up brilliantly. I’m not a fan of CCR at all, so the fact that Dead Daises make me love this song says a lot about how well they do it! “Last Time I Saw the Sun” is another of my favorite tracks here with its slightly dissonant sound and slide-guitar bits. The western style lyrics will surely bring a smile to ZZ Top fans’ faces as well.
The album also includes a DVD that has a “Behind-The-Scenes” feature. It’s pretty much a compilation of cool moments from the tour intermixed with interview footage of the band members. It’s cool to watch it but it isn’t something you’ll come back to often unless you are a super fan.
I have always heard that these guys are a helluva live band and this album goes a long way to proving that point. I wasn’t super in love with their last studio album but there’s a lot more energy here. As a matter of fact, I love Corabi’s voice anyway but he is outstanding here. He’s a much bluesier singer live and it brings a lot of heart to many of the tunes here. He and Aldrich are certainly a force to be reckoned with.
Reviewed by mark1340