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Classic Album Review: I Mother Earth | Earth, Sky and Everything In Between

EMI hawks some so-so songs the Can-rockers left behind following a label change.

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This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


If your spouse falls for somebody else, dumps you, moves out and leaves some cool stuff behind, what are you gonna do? Give it back? Hell, no. You’re gonna destroy it, toss it — or if it’s really cool, sell it and pocket the cash.

Oh, don’t act so superior — we’ve all been there. Hell, that’s what EMI is doing right now with a dozen tunes I Mother Earth left behind when they moved to Universal. Earth, Sky and Everything In Between compiles acoustic cuts (Levitate, So Gently We Go), a pair of U.K.-only B-sides and some live tracks (eight numbers from a studio session in ’97, to be precise) featuring the original IME lineup with vocalist Edwin. But frankly, aside from the snarling swirl of the unreleased cut Subterranean Wonderland, this is a pretty standard set of the band’s snappy modern rock that would only appeal to diehard fans. No wonder they left it behind.