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Rocket From the Crypt: Live From Camp X-RayLive From Camp X-Ray (2002)
Reviewer Rating: 2
Contributed by: JiveSideJiveSide
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“Always hold tight to what you do as long as it screams ‘you’.” I’ve kept this motto close to my heart in my 22, nearly 23 years, helping me steer clear of any potential crap that life and music has tried to shove down my throat…especially when it comes to music. With that said, I was more than happy to pop in my advance copy of the latest Rocket From the Crypt record “Live From Camp X-Ray,” which, oddly enough, isn’t a live recording. A rather disappointing discovery, ‘cause this record would kick with a little more life if it was captured on stage and in the moment, rather than soaked in sloppy production and forced energy. Rocket strikes me as a band that truly shines when face to face with an audience, which is a wonderful quality in a band, but not the only quality one would want as recording musicians. In fact, the title is merely the final line of the first song “I’m Not Invisible,” and there’s nothing live on the record (I doubt any of the playing even is). So instead of a sweat-drenched live rock show, it’s a mediocre climate-controlled studio album. But not all of "Live From Camp X-Ray" is undeserving of attention, this fortunately is not the case at all for the Cleveland sextet.
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