Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Live Your Life Be Free
Genres: Pop, Rock
The once and future lead singer of The Go-Go's 1991 solo album features the hit "Half The World" and the title track. Players include Eric Bazilian (The Hooters), Dave Alvin (The Blasters), Stan Lynch (Tom Petty & The Hea... more »
The once and future lead singer of The Go-Go's 1991 solo album features the hit "Half The World" and the title track. Players include Eric Bazilian (The Hooters), Dave Alvin (The Blasters), Stan Lynch (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers), Ellen Shipley, Maria Vidal, percussionist Luis Conte, drummer Kenny Aronoff and many more.
Everything that Runaway Horses wasn't
earthlight66 | Portland, Oregon | 07/18/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Live Your Life Be Free is one of Belinda's top three best albums (right up there with her debut and "Heaven On Earth"). It's everything that Runaway Horses wasn't (which definitely isn't a downside). This album has much more of a Pop Rock vibe, while Runaway mostly had an overall slow, plodding dullness to it. The closest Runaway got to having a Rock song on it was "Leave a Light On". Don't get me wrong, it's a classic song and I love it, but it just doesn't have the punch that "Nothing Without me" and "I Plead Insanity" have. Only about half the songs I totally adore without any doubt (Live Your Life Be Free, Do You Feel Like I Feel, Half the World, You Came Out of Nowhere, You're Nothing Without Me, I Plead Insanity, Emotional Highway), the rest could be considered filler. But since half the album is amazing, I'm willing to forgive the mediocrity of the second half."
Some gems hidden here.
John P. Thompson | Saint Paul, MN United States | 04/22/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Belinda Carlisle does it again, for the most part. The title track is a lite rocker. The lyrics don't make too much sense though. "Live your life be free, you should be with me." Wasn't the person supposed to be free? Now you're telling them to be with you? Did I miss something here? Not one of my favorite tracks.Do You Feel Like I Feel is simply amazing. Great beats, light on the guitar but it sounds really cool when it does come in. The lyrics and Belinda's voice are simply phenomenal. I have to sing-a-long to this song. The ending vocals and background vocals by Belinda at the same time are nice. One of the best songs she has ever done.Half The World is a gem. The lyrics create a beautiful picture. I just want to wrap myself up in a blanket when I hear HTW...such a fuzzy feeling to it, reminds me of "Love Never Dies" from her Heaven on Earth CD in that sense. You Came Out of Nowhere is cheery, in a way I could gripe about the chorus but I think they have a deeper meaning that make (some)sense. I like it.You're Nothing Without Me has its moments but there are too many parts of the song I don't like from the boring guitar lick to the whispering to the dopey chorus filled with stupid rhymes. Yeah, I usually skip this one. I Plead Insanity is so bad it is good. Tough not to sing along.Emotional Highway is pretty boring. The song gets better as it goes along but not very good as a whole. Little Black Book is a really sad song. Beautiful melody and half decent lyrics but Belinda's voice MAKES this song. Love Revolution has the coolest opening of any song on the cd but then it kicks into a more rocking song, eh. Still it is a pretty catchy and fun song. Everything about the chorus I absolutely adore. Good song. Best during the melody moments rather than the rockin moments. World Of Love is a lot like Live Your Life Be Free, filled with cliche lyrics: "do you believe in destiny, ooo it will set your free." How the hell does destiny set you free? If you're destined to do something you have no freedom. Eh. Loneliness Game is THE song of the album. I LOVE THIS SONG! It is so sad, yet so beautiful. The ending where Belinda sings "gaaaa~mmeeee"...ah just so powerful. I feel it. Live Your Life Be Free isn't Belinda's best album but it certainly isn't her worst either. I like 7 out of the 11 songs and can get through the 4 I feel are lacking in some way. If you are a fan of Belinda this is definitely an album to pick up. Loneliness Game, Do You Feel Like I Feel, Half The World, Little Black Book...ahh yes, there are enough magnificent songs here to warrant a purchase."
Michael S. Burgess | Raleigh, NC | 04/29/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"While not the next Runaway Horses, its still a worthy album. "Half The World" is simply beautiful, and "Little Black Book", while a sad song, has the same thumping chorus you love to sing along with, just like "Mad About You" and "Leave A Light On" from Belinda's previous efforts. I think the biggest problem, if you call it a problem, is that Belinda strays too far with her other tracks from the established sound of her previous albums. Which isn't a bad thing, but I think it may have turned many people off. Still, for something different and interesting to listen to, check it out."