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Songs From Black Mountain

Alt-rock
"On a crystal clear blue morning/There is a peace that only you can know/It is truth and love, and it is always there/Even if you fall down/Even if you fall down/Love shines" —from "Love Shines (A Song For My Daughters About God)"

Although most music aficionados would agree that Live's career peaked in the '90s, the band known for spiritually-charged songs like "Sell the Drama" and "Lightning Crashes" experienced a career revival of sorts when rocker Chris Daughtry performed "Mystery" (from Songs From Black Mountain) alongside the band on last season's American Idol finale.

Even though teaming up was a successful move for everyone involved as the remake climbed the Billboard charts, the band has continued to make music regardless of its declining sales figures. And like many of its previous projects, the group's quest for life's deeper meaning is front and center on Songs From Black Mountain, Live's 10th album.

When I say "deeper meaning," that doesn't always fall into the explicitly Christian category. In fact, at times, the album couldn't be a more fitting example of religious pluralism, a place where the teachings of Jesus and Buddha happily co-exist in lead singer Ed Kowalczyk's mind.

The best example is "Love Shines (A Song For My Daughters About God)." While the line quoted above will certainly resonate with those who are already Christians, other lines—like "Think of gentle Jesus/Think of the Buddha underneath his tree/They taught the world about love and how we all can be/How we can all be free … Love shines"—would indicate that Kowalczyk's personal beliefs are a little more ambiguous.

Although it's been widely reported that Kowalczyk grew up in a Christian home, he says he doesn't necessarily ...

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