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Living is a Dying Art

by High on Stress

"High on Stress make the kind of music Minneapolis was once known for: heart-on-sleeve bar rock with just a hint of the prairie, the sort of tunes that groups like Soul Asylum and the Replacements rode to mythic status." Rob van Alstyne-Metromix
Genre: Rock: American Trad Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Bite Your Tongue
4:01 $0.99
2. These Days Are Gone
4:16 $0.99
3. Figure Eights
2:54 $0.99
4. Lost My Invitation
3:49 $0.99
5. Even Time Won't Tell
4:31 $0.99
6. Head
3:22 $0.99
7. Up Your Sleeve
3:31 $0.99
8. Some Things Look Better in Pictures
3:00 $0.99
9. Here Is Your Smoking Gun
2:14 $0.99
10. Lead Follow Roll
3:20 $0.99
11. Dakota Square
3:00 $0.99
12. Coattail Rider
3:53 $0.99
13. All Along the Water Tower
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Album Notes
High on Stress returns in 2011 with their third album Living is a Dying Art, following the critically acclaimed Cop Light Parade (2008) and Moonlight Girls (2005). The thirteen song collection showcases singer/songwriter Nick Leet’s continuing growth as a writer of clever, melodic pop songs. At the same time, this is certainly a rock record, forged in the crucible of sweaty live shows, hazardous driving conditions and lodging in the bad part of the bad part of town. Since Cop Light Parade the band has played all over the country, including opening for influences Tommy Keene (Paul Westerberg, Robert Pollard) and ex-Replacement Slim Dunlap, even serving as Slim’s backing band on occasion. While Living is a Dying Art reflects the sharper edge of the band as a live act, the songwriting retains the charm and poignancy that marked its predecessors, as evidenced by the song “Head” featuring Caitlin Cary of Whiskeytown.



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High on Stress "Living is a Dying Art" (album review)
No matter how you slice it, The Replacements cast a long shadow over Minneapolis rock. The band was so incredibly important to music as a whole that it must be daunting for any group from the town to try to play their style of freewheeling, clever rock n' roll.

One band that makes a pretty good go at it is High On Stress. They have their third full length album, Living Is a Dying Art, coming out shortly.

From the opening bars of "Bite Your Tongue", it's easy to hear the Westerberg influence as a "Mannequin Shop"/"Love You In The Fall" groove takes hold. The band is loose and rollicking throughout. It's the sound of a band playing music they love and having fun doing it.

High On Stress can slow it down for the reflective numbers, like "Head", too. A little twang creeping in is welcome as well.

The album has a lot in common thematically with The Replacements' work as well. On the surface are the great song titles, really, how can you beat "All Along the Water Tower". Delve a bit deeper and you get the wry sense of humour, on display for all during cuts like "Coattail Rider". At the core though, you a band that doles out the advice about drinking, breaking up, having fun, and hitting bottom. Sounds familiar doesn't it.

Everything comes together almost magically with the perfectly ramshackle "These Days Are Gone". It goes to show that High On Stress are carrying on a legacy and doing it justice.

Best tracks: "These Days Are Gone", "Here Is Your Smoking Gun"