RELEASE
LABEL
Warner Bros.
GENRES
Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Hardcore Punk, Punk/New Wave, American Underground, College Rock

Album Review

There's no real reason to believe this was anything other than a last little cash-in on the part of Warner Bros., who had the rights to only two studio albums anyway, but whatever the motive, the end results are enjoyable indeed. Stitched together from a variety of shows on the final Hüsker Dü tour in late 1987, The Living End may not be a true representation of the band's sets, but as a collection of tracks by an about-to-crack group still firing on all fours live, it's quite a treat. David Fricke's polished but not revelatory liner notes do contain a number of more elucidating comments from the bandmembers themselves, with Mould capturing the sense of things best: "The music was so strong, everybody got caught up in it. It was easy to say, 'F*** all this other sh*t' for an hour." Or in this case, an hour and a quarter of mostly previously released material, though there were two new songs -- "Now That You Know Me" and "Ain't No Water in the Well" -- plus a merry rip through the Ramones' classic "Sheena Is a Punk Rocker." Production and assembly by the trio's live soundman, Lou Giordano, certainly helps everything sound technically good -- Hart in particular is storming down from the heights -- though there are a few instances where backing vocal mixes aren't quite what they could be. Or the leads -- calling "Everytime" gutteral is almost too flattering. For the most part the song choices emphasize the quick and immediate numbers rather than those where the band showed a touch more exploratory impulses, and while it's hard to fault the song choices, sometimes they blend into each other a bit too much. However, as with much of their studio material, the sheer power and passion of the band often carries all before it, and certainly the appreciative audiences don't hold back their responses.
Ned Raggett, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. New Day Risinghttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=282972907&id=282972905
  2. Girl Who Lives on Heaven Hillhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-living-end-live/id282972905?uo=5
  3. Standing in the Rainhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=282972909&id=282972905
  4. Back from Somewherehttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=282972910&id=282972905
  5. Ice Cold Icehttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=282972911&id=282972905
  6. Everytimehttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=282972912&id=282972905
  7. Friend, You've Got to Fallhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=282972913&id=282972905
  8. She Floated Awayhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=282972914&id=282972905
  9. From the Guthttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=282972915&id=282972905
  10. Targethttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=282972916&id=282972905
  11. It's Not Funny Anymorehttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=282972917&id=282972905
  12. Hardly Getting Over Ithttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=282972918&id=282972905
  13. Terms of Psychic Warfarehttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=282972919&id=282972905
  14. Powerlinehttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=282972920&id=282972905
  15. Books About UFO'shttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=282972921&id=282972905
  16. Divide and Conquerhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=282972922&id=282972905
  17. Keep Hanging Onhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=282972923&id=282972905
  18. Celebrated Summerhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=282972925&id=282972905
  19. Now That You Know Mehttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=282972926&id=282972905
  20. Ain't No Water in the Wellhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=282972927&id=282972905
  21. What's Going On?http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=282972928&id=282972905
  22. Data Controlhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=282972929&id=282972905
  23. In a Free Landhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=282972930&id=282972905
  24. Sheena Is a Punk Rockerhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=282972931&id=282972905
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