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The Heroin Diaries (Deluxe Ed.)
Released: 2008, Eleven Seven Music
Reviewer: Celtic Bob
One of the best and most refreshing releases of 2007 gets a deluxe reissue with a bonus disc of live material recorded this past summer on the Cruefest tour. I reviewed this album in ’07 so this review will concentrate on the bonus live disc as the actual album is the exact same.
This is a raw sounding live disc that is almost like a soundboard mix recording. After lisening to this disc I was blown away at how good DJ Ashba really is on guitar. The actual studio album was the first time I had heard his playing and while I thought he was good it never stood out. All that has changed after hearing him live where he just appears to let loose a bit more. The songs really lend well to a live setting and come off excellent. Surprisingly James’ vocals come off as a bit weak in places. He does however pull off “Dead Man’s Ballet” with the same emotion that the studio version had. He carries this on into “Accidents Can Happen” which is a song that demands nothing less than amazing vocals. Ending off the disc is the hit “Life Is Beautiful”, this version is so full of energy that you can visualize the crowd just really getting into it.
An excellent live sampling of last year’s hottest new band. It is a welcomed treat for those of us that never got to see the group live this past summer.
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