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Shinedown - Somewhere In the Stratosphere (Live)

4.50
Reviewer:
Johan Wippsson Format: Album
Release date: 2011-04-18
Label: Atlantic Records
Genre: Modern Rock
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Shinedown has since their debut "Leave a Whisper" been one of my great favorites in the Modern Rock genre. The only "standard" record is number two "Us and Them" where the band lost a bit of the focus the songwriting and didn’t really deliver. The following "Sound Of Madness" and "Amaryllis" is nothing else than masterpieces and must haves to have and you like Modern Rock with distinct hardrock influences.

"Somewhere In The Stratosphere" is the band's first live album recorded from Washington State and Kansas City in 2011. We get an electric and an acoustic set, divided into two CD’s, which is very nice for the fans. Very generous and I think it’s perfect as the band masters both sides in a quite fantastic way. CD 1 recorded at Washington State offers 15 tracks and of course, containing all the band classic tracks like "I Dare You," Sound Of Madness "and "Second Chance". The favorite, however, is "Fly From The Inside" from his debut with a new intro and where Brent Smith sings incredibly well.

CD 2 is acoustic is a great addition to the first album. It is obviously softer, but offers a lot of heart and soul. Had perhaps wished that the band only had used material that is not on the electric record as a handful of tracks are on both. But we got, however, a few pleasant surprises as covers of Foo Fighters "Times Like These" and a guest appearance from Will Hoge in the Beatles "With A Little Help From My Friend", which both are really cool.

Overall, this live album is nothing but a classic. We are a band that's on top of their career and that also deliver in their best way in a total of 194 minutes. Nothing but world class, and this is a live album people will be talking about the future, like the classics from UFO's "Strangers In The Night", Thin Lizzy's "Live and Dangerous" and Kiss "Alive!".

Tracklisting 1. Intro (Scary Fairy) [Live from Washington State]
2. Sound of Madness (Live from Washington State)
3. Devour (Live from Washington State)
4. I Dare You (Live from Washington State)
5. Cyanide Sweet Tooth Suicide (Live from Washington State)
6. If You Only Knew (Live from Washington State)
7. Diamond Eyes (Boom-Lay Boom-Lay Boom) [Live from Washington State]
8. 45 (Live from Washington State)
9. Burning Bright (Live from Washington State)
10. Heroes (Live from Washington State)
11. The Crow & the Butterfly (Live from Washington State)
12. Her Name Is Alice (Live from Washington State)
13. Save Me (Live from Washington State)
14. Left Out (Live from Washington State)
15. Simple Man (Live from Washington State)
16. Fly from the Inside (Live from Washington State)
17. Second Chance (Live from Washington State)
18. Heroes (Live Acoustic from Kansas City)
19. Save Me (Live Acoustic from Kansas City)
20. If You Only Knew (Live Acoustic from Kansas City)
21. Sound of Madness (Live Acoustic from Kansas City)
22. Shed Some Light (Live Acoustic from Kansas City)
23. 45 (Live Acoustic from Kansas City)
24. I Dare You (Live Acoustic from Kansas City)
25. Times Like These (Live Acoustic from Kansas City)
26. The Crow & the Butterfly (Live Acoustic from Kansas City)
27. Burning Bright (Live Acoustic from Kansas City)
28. Devour (Live Acoustic from Kansas City)
29. Call Me (Live Acoustic from Kansas City)
30. Fly from the Inside (Live Acoustic from Kansas City)
31. With a Little Help from My Friends (feat. Will Hoge) [Live Acoustic from Kansas City]
32. Simple Man (Live Acoustic from Kansas City)
33. Second Chance (Live Acoustic from Kansas City)


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