Crazy Lixx: ‘Sound Of The Live Minority’

Crazy Lixx CD coverCRAZY LIXX
Released on July 8, 2016 (Frontiers Music Srl)

Crazy Lixx are back with their first ever live album after a close call where the remaining band members contemplated calling it quits after guitarists Edd Liam and Andy Zäta (see Sleaze Roxx‘s interviews with singer Danny Rexon in August 2015 and drummer Joél Cirera earlier this month). Upon hearing Crazy Lixx‘s live album Sound Of the Live Minority, all I could think of was, “Thank God the band was able to persevere and find guitarists Jens Lundgren and Chrisse Olsson because it would have been a real shame to lose one of the best sleaze rock groups to ever emerge from Sweden and in the last 15 years.”

True, Sound Of The Live Minority actually represents sort of a bridge between the old and new Crazy Lixx line-up since the two guitarists featured on the live album — which was recorded at the Bang Your Head festival in Balingen, Germany in July 2015 — are Andy Zäta (aka Andreas Z Eriksson and who represents the old) and Jens Lundgren (the new). Accordingly, from that perspective, it is really an unique live album since it captures Crazy Lixx during a transition period. Whatever the case, the group sounds super tight on Sound Of The Live Minority. If anything, it confirms how great that Crazy Lixx really are. With Crazy Lixx having never crossed the Atlantic Ocean to play in North America (hopefully that will be rectified one day), it’s great to hear that the band is able to replicate the energy and great songs from their four studio albums in a live setting.

There’s really nothing to dislike on Sound Of The Live Minority. You have one of the best sleaze rock bands out there delivering the goods including some great background/vocal harmonies, big choruses, ’80s sounding guitar riffs and what feels like a gritty vocal performance from Rexon. The fact that the live album was recorded seemingly off one live performance at the Bang Your Head festival makes it even more impressive. All of Crazy Lixx‘s albums are fairly well represented on Sound Of The Live Minority with four songs from the last self-titled studio album (released in 2014), two from the more experimental Riot Avenue (2012), six from the breakthrough New Religion (2010) and one from the debut album Loud Minority (2007) with the remaining  song “Wild Street Shuffle” being an intro type beginning.

My favorite tracks on Sound Of The Live Minority are the energy filled “Rock And A Hard Place”, the easy to sing along to “Lock Up Your Daughter” and the fiery “Hell Raising Women.” Frankly, all of the songs on Sound Of The Live Minority are good ones. This is one of those live albums that provides a seamless listening experience from start to finish. If you have to pick up only one live album this year, Crazy Lixx‘s Sound Of The Live Minority should be your pick hands down.

Track List:
01. Wild Street Shuffle
02. Rock And A Hard Place
03. Lock Up Your Daughter
04. Blame It On Love
05. Sound Of The Loud Minority
06. Riot Avenue
07. Call To Action
08. Road To Babylon
09. My Medicine (R.O.C.K)
10. Hell Raising Women
11. Girls Of The 80’s (+ intro for “Heroes are Forever”)
12. Heroes Are Forever
13. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
14. 21′ Til I Die

Band Line-up:
Danny Rexon – vocals
Andreas Z Eriksson – guitar
Jens Lundgren – guitar
Joél Cirera – drums
Jens Sjöholm – bass

Mixed by Chris Laney

Band Websites:
Official Website

Reviewed by Olivier for Sleaze Roxx, July 2016

Crazy Lixx‘s “Rock And A Hard Place” live:

Crazy Lixx – “Rock and a Hard Place” (Official Audio)

From the album SOUND OF THE LIVE MINORITY. Get your copy NOW: / Amazon: / iTunes: http://radi.a…

Crazy Lixx‘s “Hell Raising Women” live:

Crazy Lixx – “Hell Raising Women” (Official Audio)

From the album SOUND OF THE LIVE MINORITY. Get your copy NOW: / Amazon: / iTunes: http://radi.a…