(1994) Throwing Copper

Live

... read moreOn Throwing Copper, Live tightened their sound, added crashing crescendos for dramatic effect, and injected some anger into their sound and songwriting. They also eased up a bit on the Eastern philosophy; the result is a more cohesive, memorable record overall, and quite an improvement from the...

59′:22″ 14 Songs

1
Live
The Dam At Otter Creek (Album Version)
4:40
2
Live
Selling The Drama (Album Version)
3:26
3
Live
I Alone
3:51
4
Live
Iris (Album Version)
3:59
5
Live
Lightning Crashes
5:25
6
Live
Top (Album Version)
2:42
7
Live
All Over You (Album Version)
3:59
8
Live
Shit Towne (Album Version)
3:48
9
Live
T.B.D. (Album Version)
4:29
10
Live
Stage (Album Version)
3:08
11
Live
Waitress (Album Version)
2:49
12
Live
Pillar Of Davidson (Album Version)
6:46
13
Live
White, Discussion (Album Version)
6:06
14
Live
Horse (Album Version)
4:14
Released 01 January 1994, ℗ 1994 Radioactive Records J.V.

Review

On Throwing Copper, Live tightened their sound, added crashing crescendos for dramatic effect, and injected some anger into their sound and songwriting. They also eased up a bit on the Eastern philosophy; the result is a more cohesive, memorable record overall, and quite an improvement from the sometimes overly precious Mental Jewelry. And for all of Mental Jewelry's ideologies, Throwing Copper is ultimately a more passionate and successful album, thanks to tracks like "I Alone," "Selling the Drama," and "All Over You," all of which received heavy radio play. The rebirth-themed "Lightning Crashes," the album's biggest hit, was written in memory of Barbara Lewis, a classmate who was killed by a drunk driver in 1993. Other standouts include the Kurt Cobain/Courtney Love-inspired "Stage," the apocalyptic "White, Discussion," the bass-driven, obsessive "Iris," and the dark "Dam at Otter Creek." Of course, Ed Kowalczyk couldn't resist throwing in a song like "T.B.D." (for the Tibetan Book of the Dead), based on Aldous Huxley's slow descent into death, aided by heroin. Its melodrama is a bit much, even for Live, and is just a sign of things to come on their next album, Secret Samadhi. But Throwing Copper is still a huge improvement from Mental Jewelry, and is the least overtly preachy Live album to date. ~ Gina Boldman