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MR BIG

LIVE FROM THE LIVING ROOM

FRONITIERS RECORDS

RELEASED  FEBRUARY 2012
 

 

 

 

Hands up who wants a new Mr. Big Live album this year? Really? You couldn’t wait for the next studio album? Fair enough then, it has been just over a year so we’ll have a listen…

 

 

What you get with ‘Alive in your Living Room’ is essentially a live workout of Mr. Big’s comeback disc from last year ‘What If’. Spice things up with a new running order and throw in a handful of older numbers and there you have it!

 

 

Is it any good then? Well if like me you already have a number of Mr. Big live albums: and at last count there were ten of them before this (though some only available in Japan) then I guess it largely depends on your view of their album ‘What If’.

 

 

While I myself rated ‘What If’ highly and any fan will certainly find this a welcome addition to the collection, I’m not sure what is essentially a live rehash of your latest work is the greatest way to pull in new fans, especially when it adds so little from what is an impressive back catalogue.

 

 

Standouts here are pretty much the same as from ‘What If’: but Inexplicably the best track from that album and one that I am still playing, the mid-tempo ‘Won't Get in my Way' which showcased some great vocal harmonies isn’t here, though faster numbers like 'Once Upon a Time' and 'Around the World' that also impressed have made the cut.

 

 

Oddly ‘Stranger in My Life’ and ‘Nobody Left to Blame’ the two weakest tracks in my opinion from ‘What If’ both make it here and still do nothing to convince me on second listen.  You do of course get yet another version of ‘To Be With You’ and of course musicianship is of course faultless.

 

 

Mixed reactions at the Rockpit, not bad, great for fans, but far from essential to the casual grazer… In truth I expect this is mainly aimed at the profitable Japanese market who never lost their love of the band.

 

 

 

By Mark Diggins