Various - The Acoustic Album

This compilation is being released by Virgin and, considering the majority of songs here would sound at home on Virgin Radio, it comes as no surprise. The tracks and artists on offer may not be for everyone, least not the music listener who enjoys discovering talent that is more left-of-centre, but there's bound to be at least a couple of tracks here for everyone.

Disc 1 opens with Jack Johnson, the complete lack of irony in this decision setting the tone for the entire CD. However, while the first few tracks on offer are entirely unadventurous choices (Keane, Snow Patrol, Athlete, etc.) some cast-iron classics litter the latter half of the CD. We have Radiohead's Fake Plastic Trees and one of Paul Weller's only truly great non-Jam moments in Wild Wood. Even French ambient-dance duo Air get in on the action with the wonderful chill-out of All I Need.

Disc 2 is more of the same but features more golden oldies than the previous disc. Cat Stevens, Eva Cassidy and Crowded House sit alongside the likes of The Kooks, Norah Jones and Jose Gonzales - I bet you can't listen to his admittedly fantastic Heartbeats without picturing those damn bouncy balls. Some of today's most respected but less widely known songwriters also contribute with Richard Hawley and Matt Costa sharing disc space with one of Rufus Wainwright's most commercial offerings, the jaunty California.

Overall, it's a bit of a mixed bag but aren't most compilations? If you want something to accompany a long summer drive in the country or a late-night post-BBQ drink in the garden then this does the job. And, shockingly for an album of this type, there's no James Blunt in sight. Phew!



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Last updated: 19/04/2018 04:52:15

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