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Brings together the best of their tracks into a high-octane, pulsing album.

Here we have it, the first live album from Swedish Rockers Crazy Lixx, after four albums and a decade of performances. Vocalist Danny Rexon has called it a "milestone for every Rock band", and it's hard to disagree when this album sees the end of the band's current line-up, with the recorded show being guitarist Andreas Z Eriksoon last, before leaving for Inglorious.

The album is a nice mix of hits and fan favourites. 'Rock And A Hard Place' kicks off in a rowdy Stadium Rock style with big sounds, plenty of punch and crowd contribution. Chris Laney mixed the album (Europe, Crashdiet) and has come up with a sound very true to CL's live shows, losing none of the intimacy or rawness that comes with a Hard Rock performance.

The key change is less than enjoyable in 'Lock Up Your Daughter' with Rexon's voice not at its best in the higher register on any of the tracks. Nevertheless, this is a minor point, and you can't fault the sheer fury with which Rexon dives into every note. There's plenty of clean, shiver-inducing guitar work on 'Blame It On Love', before we add further fuel to the fire heading into 'Sound Of The Loud Minority'.

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There's something special about hearing a crowd on a live album; they bring a sense of atmosphere to tracks that are so often heard in clean-produced circumstances. This lot have certainly been treated to a riot of a show with little talking, big backing vocals and, on the album at least, a very balanced sound. Other highlights include a furious 'Riot Avenue' and 'My Medicine (R.O.C.K.)', with the bass rippling in the undergrowth and guitars flitting in and out effortlessly; there's also a tight, anthemic performance of 'Heroes Are Forever'. This is the only track with a drawn-out ending too – a minimum of these is always a positive!

It's not a perfect show; there's huskiness that sounds like recorded backing vocals, and some timing issues, but these are bulldozed aside by the relentless energy of the songs, the seductively Sleazy sound, and the band's unflagging spirit simply oozing through their style of playing.

Finally, we have a release that showcases Crazy Lixx's talent for live performances, and one that brings together the best of their tracks into a high-octane, pulsing album.

Sophie Brownlee

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