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CD REVIEW: Sam Bisbee – “Live At Arlene Grocery”
By Stacey Board - 06/18/2003 - 08:53 PM EDT

Artist: Sam Bisbee
Album: “Live At Arlene Grocery”
CD Review: This is a great collection of pop with a hint of punk to it. There’s a great energy and drive to their playing that they successfully captured in the live recording. That’s not so easy to do! Its easy to get red light fever and try to keep it within the lines and then lose the energy and punch. But Sam “and his incredible band” didn’t miss anything here.

I don’t remember New Order’s version of “Age of Consent” but I really dig Sam and his bands version. I can’t help but avoid the comparison to the sound of Morrisey, and that from me is definitely a compliment. They are a bit off center but still very pleasingly melodic. There’s lots of jangly happy shiny guitarwork which I love.

The CD is packed with 12 songs, and they are giving it all they’ve got on every track. Sam Bisbee “and his incredible band” did a great job of capturing a great performance of these fine songs. Sorry it took me almost a year to the date from their recording it to be able to get my hands on it!

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