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Habeas Corpus

Living Things

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Album Review

Living Things' 2005 debut, Ahead of the Lions, was tough, aggressive hard punk produced by that avatar of indie cred Steve Albini, but the band decided to get ironic and Eurotrashy for its second album, Habeas Corpus — a sound that doesn't quite fit with the album's stated attempt to chronicle Americana "from St. Louis through Chicago, New York City and London," but fits the group better anyway. Living Things' political sloganeering is buried underneath hip retro synths, stomping glam beats cut up on a computer, and straightened-out sleaze rock — all cut with a bit of a narcotic hazy drone. It's trashy punk that trivializes anything it touches — but the record amounts to a guilty pleasure for a time when nobody feels any guilt about anything.

Customer Reviews

Good album

I like this, it's a good pop-rock album, great in the car. Let It Rain is by far the best song, a masterly piece of singalong pop music. Download that if nothing else!

FAB

Downloaded this nonchalantly... Heard the name of the band in passing...
NOW IM HOOKED!!!!!
Buy buy buy!!!

Biography

Formed: St. Louis, MO

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

The Living Things took root in the early 2000s, pairing punky songcraft with a fiercely political edge. The band's most outspoken figure was frontman Lillian Berlin, who grew up in the suburbs of St. Louis alongside his brothers (and future bandmates) Eve and Bosh Berlin. Although all three of the Berlin siblings had trouble fitting in, Lillian experienced the most difficulty, eschewing the typical activities of a teenager for an interest in literature (chiefly the works of Jack...
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