Review by Dorothy Parvaz
A CD of compiled live recordings, Stand By Your Van's sound quality of is a bit rough at times, but it sounds pretty much like the band did live: sketchy, groove-heavy and coarse all around.
No, this isn't a bunch of their greatest radio hits -- no "What I Got," no "Santeria" -- but so what? These recordings stand as a testament to the energy, genre-defying band that was Sublime. There's the sick sneer of "Date Rape," "Ebin"'s desperation and the frat-boy sleaziness of "Caress Me Down."
Nowell had an amazing ear for rhyme and a knack for writing uncompromising lyrics. You listen to his voice -- his sure-shot cadence and scats, his tough-guy growl and despondent groans -- and you try to make sense out the whole thing, of why anyone would stick a needle in their arm for a high. Damn.
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