Bringing together two things that usually leave a lot to be desired—live albums and reunited bands—is usually a crapshoot. Add to that the fact that I never got a chance to see the band in question during their heyday, and I’m more than skeptical. But, from the opening notes, I’m impressed. They still can put on a hell of a show (I was lucky enough to catch them in New York this summer: a smile plastered on my face the entire time), and the recording, from a 2005 show in Houston, captures all the energy perfectly. All the hits are here, kiddos, and a bunch of great songs you might not have hard.
–megan ([email protected])