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Fun for the Family! - 88%

IrishDeathgrip, December 14th, 2007

Okay, maybe not the whole family... your grandpa will only enjoy the part during I Know You're Fucking Someone Else when Peter stops the song and breaks out into "I'm In the Mood for Love," a song from the 30's by someone who's dead now. But surely the rest of the family will love it...

Many of us know the story; Type O gets paid to record a live album, accidentally blows the money to fund said live recording on booze, uses demos of rerecorded versions and puts in crowd noise and fake confrontations with the fans. But, let's strip it down and look at the songs themselves.

The sound has taken on more of a clear tone, which is hard to recognize beneath the mixing that was intentionally meant to make the album sound more live... Peter's voice has become less like a yelling, intimidating drunkard, and more like a bitterly sarcastic, but good-natured drunkard. This gives the songs a more light feeling, which makes them all the more disturbing. The keyboards are hard to recognize because, aside from the really standout parts, Josh doesn't play a huge role on these first songs. The bass is beginning to come through more heavily in the mix, and on Paranoid you can hear the beginnings of the sound they really mastered on 'Bloody Kisses.' The guitar is just where it's always been, hovering just over Peter's bass, and really shining through when it takes on a lead or acoustic part.

Highlights of the album include the dramatically altered version of Xero Tolerance, found here under the name 'Kill You Tonight.' The second verse has been made into a jumble of horrid british accents and surfer "oh-oh-oh's." 'Hey Pete' is a brilliantly funny reworking of Hey Joe by Hendrix, with some great vocals by Kenny.

My biggest complaint is that they cut out the entire end point of Gravitational Constant and since this rebuilding, they have never played the song in it's entirety, as heard on SD&H. But they can be forgiven. They also drastically shortened Prelude to Agony (here called 'Pain'), but luckily that didn't really stick.

All in all, it's a good buy, if not to hear the beginnings of their seriously goofy sense of musical humor, then to simply enjoy some reworkings, and pretend it really is a live show.