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2010 debut solo album from the frontman for Alt-Rock favorites Live. His band has built an impressive resume that includes eight full-length albums, total CD sales exceeding 20 million, a huge international fan base and extensive touring all over the world. Live has been one of the most successful and enduring Alternative Rock bands of the 1990s and 2000s. Alive immediately ignites with his instantly recognizable vocals and trademark lyrics taking the listener to the place where they discovered the power of Live's music and urgency in Ed's voice.

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  • Audio CD (July 6, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: n/a
  • ASIN: B003T3DCQE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,021,723 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Dony150 on July 12, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Alright, so this album is pretty good. Eddie K went off on his own and well, not much changed. That could be good or bad - depends on how you enjoyed the last two Live albums. The good: Ed's on the vocals, and it's like Live never broke up! The bad: There is not much progression or experimentation here from those previous albums.

Here's where I stand - I really enjoyed Birds of Prey (apparently in the minority here), but I couldn't bring myself to buy Black Mountain because I'm not into their softer "pop", and I kinda disliked the single (seriously guys, we've already gone to the riverside, ran to the water, not again...)

In style I think this album is comparable to Birds of Prey, with a couple softer songs mixed in. I like that. There is passion in the vocals, the guitars wail at appropriate moments, and there are some catchy rythms. Lyrically/thematically it is also similar. Birds had a great Christianish single in Heaven - Alive has Grace. Remember the anti-war What Are We Fighting For - Alive has Stand (Chorus: "If you could stand tall with me, what are we fighting for..."). I definitely had that nostalgia when Ed is singing about love again - ahh, how familiar. But while I consistantly liked almost all of the songs on Brids and previous Live albums, I don't know if I can say the same for Alive. And that's the real catch.

So if you've been a Live fan since the 90's, sorry guys, this is no Throwing Copper. But if you like Live's newest stuff, you'll definitely enjoy some of the songs on this album, and you'd do well to check it out.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Darrell R. Owen on September 16, 2010
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I am actually very surprised by the plethora of positive reviews on this album so far. A few reviews seem to be rating the man instead of the music - and Ed is definitely a 5-star guy. Some reviewers have self-admittedly placed their comments before even listening to the album or after only one spin of the disc. In fact, though many reviewers admit this solo effort is a complete digression from "Songs from Black Mountain," there are just too many undeserved (in my opinion) 5-star reviews to be had.

I have been a Live fan from the start, and I absolutely loved hearing Ed's voice again. But I want music to make me to break out randomly in song - I am not interested in lyrical depth or meaning. I certainly won't give an undeserved good star rating just because of my commitment to the artist (which I am). What I want from a solo album is the quality we got from Emerson Hart's Cigarettes & Gasoline or Pat Monahan's The Last of Seven. And when Ed's next solo effort comes out it will have to prove itself before I spend that money. I realize that radio and media are never a good litmus test for music or artist quality, but just how much chatter have YOU heard regarding this album? There is just none to be had.

If you wish to spend 99 cents to get at least one track and feel out this album, I recommend "Drive," "Drink," or "Fire on the Mountain." It is mostly downhill from there.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sherri on November 11, 2010
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I finally broke down and bought a "Used-Like New" cd of Ed's first solo effort and I must say it's really not good. What does that tell you when there's already a bunch of used cd's out there to buy? I own every cd Live has made and loved them all until "Songs From Black Mountain" which I could only put 3 songs from that onto my IPod, so I was really hoping this would be at least a tiny bit better but, alas, it isn't so. I have no problem with it being religious in theme because all the others touched on it in some way or another but this one is just in-your-face. And even that wouldn't bother me if the lyrics were creative, unique and interesting and took some real thought but these songs, including the melodies, are just plain boring and kinda sickeningly-sweet. His voice is very good, however, but that's just not enough for me and I have been a Live-Freak for many years and saw them in concert 9 times and traveled hundreds of miles to see them - so I wouldn't bash Ed on this if I didn't really believe it. I have thought for several years now that Live really needed something to shake them up because the songs were getting repetitive - they needed new blood or outsiders to collaborate with on song material. I hoped that this split was really going to change things for the better with Ed's solo, and it probably would have if he had shared the writing with more than two other people on two songs. I will be re-selling my used cd back to a resale shop and tell them to catagorize it as Christian Rock if they want to sell it again and not have it come back!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Geekdomo VINE VOICE on July 7, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I have been a fan of Live and Ed K for a long time. Since I was in the Navy back in 1992 I have listened to them with a certain awe at the messages of the songs. I have enjoyed their messages of hope and joy and troubles. Each album was a story to tell and at the end of that story it seemed that Ed was speaking out pretty well against organized religion. Its not overt and was always subtle.

Come to this new album, I heard "Grace" and fell in love with it. Grace is something we all could use in our lives. The message seemed inspiring. Ed has through the years been part of the Buddhist lifestyle. It seems though that at this point he is either aiming at the Christian market full barrel or has changed his religious beliefs. Which is fine, however, the music has changed and the message with it. I still enjoy his voice and this album is done very well as far as the band and arrangement. The subtle Dharma messages that were in his old songs are gone. Now the messages are more filled with Christian messages. Maybe I was mistaken all along and he has always been this way. Anything is possible.

Summary:
Old Ed in the way he sings, new Ed in the message. I will still support him, I just am not fully into this album as it stands.
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More like Live than Live?
I remember reading rhetoric from Ed that this was fresh and a lot different than Live, but it sounds exactly like Live, seems like I have heard it all before. If I find $13 on the street I'll buy this, but if not, I'll pass...
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