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Living Things:Turn In Your Friends And Neighbors

If you go back today and listen to the first few records from The Replacements (the aptly titled Stink! and Sorry Ma, Forgot To Take Out The Trash), you gain an understanding of at least two things: First, how terribly powerful that band was even when it was drunk and ready to fall apart before your very ears. Secondly, that Paul Westerberg was a tender-hearted acerbic writing (in many cases) great songs, he hadn't yet hooked up with the angel that would whisper his best work into his ear.

The same can thing be said for Living Things lyricist Lillian Berlin, who, on this Steve Albini-recorded EP is in fine form, spewing venom and blood at corrupt establishment-types with a passion and articulateness that would make Midnight Oil's Peter Garrett proud. Whatever faults are evident here (it would be a shame if these guys didn't progress musically in future years and expand their sound a little here and there without losing their edge), Turn In Your Friends And Neighbors is priceless for the fact that it introduces us to a new, meaningful voice in American rock.

Let's hope that the world is cruel enough for Berlin (and his brothers Eve and Bosh) to continue writing these gritty, intelligent songs but not so cruel that it takes him away from us before his time.

Added: June 20th 2003
Reviewer: Jedd Beaudoin
Related Link: Living Things Website
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Language: english

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