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God Lives Underwater – 2004 – Up Off the Floor

By Eric | December 23, 2013 1:00 am

Artist: God Lives Underwater
Title: Up Off the Floor
Label: Locomotive
Released: Sep 28, 2004
Packaging: Jewel Case
Pack-in DVD
Release Type: Standard


#White Noise
#1% (The Long Way Down)
#Whatever You’ve Got
#No Way (You Must Understand)
#Slip To Fall
#72 Hour Hold
#Miss You More Than Anything


This album had been leaked on the internet for nearly four years or so before it finally got released in stores. Unfortunately, Megaforce Records completely screwed up the release on a couple of different fronts. First, the mastering for the retail copies was butchered by normalizing the volume across the whole disc. This means that there are no highs or lows in the songs, everything is exactly the same volume level, which makes it sound unbelievably flat. Mercifully, the promo copy of the album was mastered correctly, so it is possible to hear this the way it was supposed to sound, and I was fortunate enough to snag a copy on EBay. Secondly, when the album originally leaked, there were two additional tracks available. A cover of David Bowie’s “Fame” actually got released on the 15 Minutes soundtrack, but Choir Boy never officially saw the light of day. Thirdly, the tracks that did get released were not put in the same order that the leaked copy had them in, so all the fans that had been listening to the leaked album for four years were jolted and surprised at the revised (and inferior) track order.

As for the music itself, the tracks harken back to the Empty/EP days with a lot more guitars, blended with the electronics of the Space Age era. The songs are really good, and the production was very well done. Had this been released in 2000 as planned, I think it would have been a popular album, but since it took four years (and it was six since Space Age was released), people forgot about GLU and this got buried.

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