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A 21-song compilation spanning the group's first five albums, Always Stay Sweet emphasizes the darker undercurrents of the band's sound. Many tracks, like "How Ghosts Affect Relationships" and "Are We Still Married?" come from Livonia and Home Is in Your Head. A previously unreleased song, "Underwater," is a different take of "Honey Babe, My Blue Eyed Babe" from King of Sweet, and "Sitting Still Moving Still Staring Out," (featured on the Jerry Maguire soundtrack) is also included. Though it doesn't paint a complete portrait of His Name Is Alive, Always Stay Sweet presents many aspects of the band in a compelling, well-edited collection.


Formed: 1989 in Livonia, MI

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Named after history class notes on Abraham Lincoln, the Livonia, Michigan-based sonic manipulators His Name Is Alive formed when multi-instrumentalist/producer Warren Defever (also of shockabilly group Elvis Hitler) was still in high school. Defever, former schoolmate Karin Oliver (vocals), and drummer Damian Lang released self-produced cassettes of their music, one of which made its way to Ivo Watts-Russell, founder of the pioneering art label 4AD. Intrigued with His Name Is Alive's blend of spectral...
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