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    Bad Livers
    Blood & Mood
    2000, Sugar Hill Records

Bill Monroe is probably very confused. The Bad Livers are on traditional Bluegrass' premier label, Sugar Hill. The Bad Livers are mainstream. Mainstream wee-yurd and quir-key. Mainstream like The Residents. Mainstream bizarr-o. In the same way that The Residents bend reality, Ed Barnes takes life and makes it unrecognizable. Well, actually, it is recognizable and that is the inherent value of what he does. Using a rock motif, strange vocalizations, Moxy Fruvous-like banjo accentuations and a very damaged world view, the Bad Livers deliver on their promise. They create a hepatotoxic cocktail of looped sounds, drum cycles and dark lyrics based in a sound that may actually have its roots in hillbilly music among other influences. I hope you find it as disturbing, refreshing and awakening as I did.—Mark Gresser

[Click here for a RealAudio sampler from Blood & Mood on the Sugar Hill Records website.]

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