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Life Is Large (CD)


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  • Audio CD (February 24, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: May 7, 1996
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Green Linnet
  • ASIN: B000005CRK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,407 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"...A terrific new album...They're the best-kept secret in folk rock!" The New Yorker"...Miraculously fresh...With their gorgeous boy-girl harmonies and catchy tunes, 'Life' is an instant folk-rock Classic. A" Entertainment Weekly

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"Life Is Large" is a pure pop fan's dream. An unapologetic nod to their influences, "Life Is Large" is filled with the jangly guitars, irresistible melodies and even country twang that call to mind The Byrds, The Beatles and Buddy Holly. Along with a stellar cast of guest musicians (including guiter legend Roger McGuinn and renegade rocker Steve Earle) the husband-and-wife duo come out with both Rickenbackers blazing, leading their band through a set of perfectly crafted songs.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rusty on May 1, 2001
Format: Audio CD
1. It is an utter mystery to me why The Kennedys are not better known than they are. Maybe people see the name and confuse them with that defunct punk group from San Francisco! Or maybe it's because they've been too eclectic - their first album of pop-Celtic folk fit the Green Linit mold, but the label probably didn't know what to do with this pop-rock masterpiece.
2. I've caught them live twice and as some of the reviews have mentioned they put on a great show. But they only played two songs from this their best(imho) disk: the title track and "Siren". Which is too bad, because these are some of the most instantly memorable tunes I've been lucky enough to stumble upon. The harmonies on "St. Marks Square" are so languidly beautiful they might make you cry. ....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paula Berman on July 11, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The tunes are so catchy, you might have to force yourself to listen to the lyrics -- but it's worth it. Even the simplest ones ("Me and you, we're a tribe of two") convey a feeling strongly, while some of the others, like the title track, verge on inspiring ("How do you want to be remembered -- a raging fire or a dying ember?"). I think the Kennedys are classed as folk partly because their lyrics actually mean something and partly because the folk world is more open to experiment -- the pop music world is propbably not ready for musicians having this much fun. The musical style is brand-new but reminiscient of late-1960s pop, ranging from neo-Byrds -- I especially like Roger McGuinn's playing Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring on the title cut -- to the Beatles in their sitar period ("Blackberry Rain").
This is my favorite of theirs so far, and is probably a good place to start listening to Pete and Maura, and to start tuning in to the connection between them so evident in every song.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 15, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The Kennedys have yet to release a CD that is as wonderful as they are in concert. However, "Life Is Large" is their best and is a solid representation of what you can expect if you are fortunate enough to catch them live. Their influences are easy to spot; the jangling guitars are very much Byrds-influenced. In fact, Roger McGuinn himself sits in on the title track, a catchy pop tune that will take up permanent residence in your cranium. Maura Kennedy does the majority of the lead singing, while husband Pete is a guitarist extraordinaire. Their style ranges from jangly pop to folk to rock to country. The Kennedys' lyrics are crisp and intelligent, their tunes catchy and memorable. "Life Is Large" is a joy to listen to.
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