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Former frontman for ‘90s alternative hitmakers Live, Ed Kowalczyk soldiers on with a confidence that makes his 2013 solo album The Flood and the Mercy a key entry in his ongoing catalog. Ed’s passion and unwavering intensity made his critics seem like bitter cynics unable to connect to the power of man who believes. The Flood and the Mercy continues in this vein, with valuable contributions from R.E.M.’s Peter Buck and singer/songwriter Rachael Yamagata; they assist Ed at important junctures and take just enough pressure off to let him move freely. “The One” and “Seven” start the album with the beautiful bombast that rock ’n’ roll's been doing the right way since the early days of The Who. “Angels on a Razor” pulls back for a tuneful venture into folk-rock on the verses and trudging majesty on the choruses. Shades of mid-'80s Cult come blasting out of “Parasite” and “Supernatural Fire.” Contemplative rock returns with the slow burn of “All That I Wanted,” “Holy Water Tears,” and “Cornerstone.”

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One of the most under-rated singer/songwriters of today, Ed Kowalczyk, shows his growth and maturity as a solo artist in his latest collection of emotion-filled songs. His lyrics and vocal intensity were not lost after his days with LIVE, and The Flood and the Mercy is the proof!

Get Back Together!

ED!!! Will you PLEASE put whatever differences aside and get LIVE back together!!!

The Master does it Again

Ed Kowalczyk is an incredible artist and songwriter and never ceases to amaze. Pretty remarkable that he has been turning out incredible brilliant and meaningful albums with no throwaways for over 20 years and shows no sign of stopping.


Born: July 16, 1971 in York, PA

Genre: Rock

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

As the lead singer of Live, Ed Kowalczyk fronted one of the most successful American post-grunge bands of the ‘90s, coming to prominence with their 1994 sophomore album, Throwing Copper. With his bald head and intense eyes, Kowalczyk cut a distinctive figure, but what separated him from other '90s alt-rockers was his utter earnestness: he adopted U2's open-hearted stance as his own, preferring sincerity to irony. Live released seven albums between 1991 and 2006 before splitting, with Kowalczyk launching...
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