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Life is Worth Losing [Explicit]

June 23, 2007 | Format: MP3

$9.49
Also available in CD Format
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The tone of the CD shows right on the package: black and white photo, simple tracklisting on the back. The wackiness and "color" of his earlier decades has bled away, and now Carlin gets down to business the same way he did on "Jammin' in New York" and "Back in Town".

Much of the material addresses murder, suicide and neglect. Different roads lead to the same place. 1) There absolutely IS humor in how we face what we all share - mortality. 2) Why does Carlin lean so heavily on the subject this time around? THERE ARE MANY MORE DAYS BEHIND HIM THAN AHEAD OF HIM. Go with a smile, or go in denial. Carlin chooses the former.

"A Modern Man" is a cute loose-rhyme opening in exactly the same style as his previous "Advertising Lullaby". I started laughing really hard at the midway point, with "Dumb Americans". The first half relies upon what Carlin has offered since the '80s. So, "Dumb Americans" is the first peak, and he peaks again with the closing "Coast-To-Coast Emergency". The last piece paints an apocalyptic picture of how this sick, twisted universe can die and return as a better one.

My only disappointment is the FBI Anti-Piracy Warning on the back of the CD case. Invoking a government emblem to discourage unlawful behavior totally undermines an anti-establishment schtick. It's no different for Carlin than it is for A Perfect Circle.

This album doesn't introduce a lot of new material, but that's only because when Carlin holds a mirror to America, the view hasn't changed in at least 25 years.
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This CD will go down as one of the least funny Carlin CD's. Very few belly laughs in this one, some might not even laugh once throughout the entire thing. So why 4 stars? Because I have never heard a better examination of American life by anybody. George shows us a man who has lived through America in its best and worst times and his examination into our need for consumption is thought provoking. While death is the overall motif of the CD, almost everything ties back into how over privelleged we all are and how truly animalistic human behavior is.
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Far too often, George Carlin's recent work is compared to his work of the 1960s and 1970s. I think some people have not fully come to terms with the transition GC has made. He no longer is "class clown" (and hasnt been for about 15 years). He is a full blown cynic, angry, creative, and much more condescending than he was in the past.

I think there are a couple of reviews out there that dont take into account that, well, the truth is, Carlin is getting older. Not to say that he is irrelevant now. Just that the same zing and etc that used to be in his live performance is gone a bit. I saw the performance at the Beacon Theatre just before LIWL was filmed. He actually forgot some of the jokes and you could tell that his timing was off a little. (To be fair, he had only shortly before been released from a hospital for pneumonia and heart problems.)

Now that does not mean that his material is any weaker. It may mean though that Carlin is not as "fun" to listen to as in the past--at least in the form of a full blown stand-up show. His material is still great--he opened the show woth a word for word rendition of A Modern Man from When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops? But when he starts the "offensive" material, it loses just a little zip because it is coming from a person who now sounds like they are a senior citizen. Up until his last album, Carlin seemed to have the youth and vigor of a man half his age. Time is catching up to him a little. Can you imagine what Andrew Dice Clay would sound like if he was 70 yrs old and talking about 20 yr old women?

Nevertheless, Carlin's material is fresh, observant, and thankfully, hysterical.
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George Carlin is effectively a comedian without equal, in respects to the longevity of his career alone. The nature, subject matter, and tone of his performances have changed radically and often over the course of the last half century, and understandably so. Carlin is a committed entertainer who is not content to rehash old favorites and rely on nostalgia and feigned interest for a comedic dinosaur to make ends meet. This man is not Bob Hope. Rather, Carlin is an innovator, his act evolves with his perceptions, which have become increasingly cynical as of late, a reactionary shift to the stubbornly regressive mind-set of the American public, their government, religion, and culture at large. His work in the angry comedy of the 1980's, developed by men like Bill Hicks and Sam Kinison, as well as himself, is perfected here in a comedy show that borderlines on anger therapy. The humor is read between the lines of his frustration and rantings, and thus this is a show that is very much a culmination of a decades long shift toward a much more unsettling narrative. 'Life' is not a show everyone will embrace, even amongst Carlin faithful, as it is the most abrasive show he has ever done, but there is still that dark brilliance of so gleefully slaughtering so many sacred cows, while still managing to have a point.
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