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CD Review: Living Things "Ahead of the Lions"

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Politics, guitars and intelligent lyrics fuel the the St. Louis band of brothers known as Living Things. On their new CD "Ahead of The Lions," Lillian, Eve and Bosh Berlin pull on a myriad of inspirations, from the Ramones to Aerosmith.

The band successfully meshes alternative, glam, metal and punk--somehow evoking nostalgia, but remaining fresh-sounding. Songs like "God Made Hate" and "Keep It 'Til You Fold," reveal that Living Things are capable of crafting catchy tunes that could easily find a home on KROQ or Indie. Nirvana producer Steve Albini deserves credit for reigning in the band and giving them a sound that's familiar but not simply a rehash of what's been done before.

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The band released two EPs in 2003, and toured for two years to hone their sound. This is a solid freshman effort, but "Ahead of the Lions" tries to be too many things at once. Instead of buying the whole CD, try sampling their offering on iTunes or Napster and find the songs that speak to you.

Further Listening:
Living Things just played the Troubadour in West Hollywood this past weekend. We'll let you know when they return to LA. In the meantime, here's where you can find their music online: [ iTunes | Video | website ]