"The Greatest Gift" (Beggars Banquet; 1999)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers


Liberty 37, a Welsh band, have a sound on "The Greatest Gift" that mixes Creed vocals and the driving guitar of Live. A little Radiohead is mixed in as well. Liberty 37 doesn't make a statement, but they make some good music. It may have that "tribute" sound to it, but that's okay when you had peers like the aforementioned bands. The lead singer definitely has some Eddie Vedder in him that's trying to get out, too. 

Track 2, "When We Say" has the best chance of getting someone's attention. It seems to be the most pop friendly offering here. All through this disc the guitar is blasting in some areas and almost non-existent at other times ... a Radiohead trait. A few songs birth a solo and that helps the cause. "The Greatest Gift" needs headphones to be really appreciated. It also makes good background music if you don't want to get that close.

"The Greatest Gift" is full of angst-ridden lyrics to water down your Perrier, or full of enough rock to break that green bottle. It all depends on what your mood is when you listen to it.

Liberty 37: Ishmael Lewis, vocals; Tim Batcup, guitars; Andrew Watkins, bass; Cliff Harris, drums.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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