Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Roxy Music - Heart Still Beating


This live album is pretty middling. The songs from the last few albums are a bit more energetic than the studio versions, but that's not saying a lot, and the older songs seem watered down. However, unlike Viva, this live album at least has a consistent sound and tone, the guitars have some actual crunch, and they were smart enough to stay away from most of the really energetic old songs (which would most likely suck in this style), Still, this album never quite gets out of first gear, there are unnecessary female backing vocals, and some of the keyboard tones are pale shadows of those on the original versions ("Love is the Drug" being a prime example). Like Viva, it's not terrible, but it's still somewhat disappointing.

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