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Unplugged never sounds like the originals. Get over it.
on July 29, 2014
For the record..I almost never like the CDs of bands who reform years after their heydays. Dunno if it's because bands and their music are so contextual...tied to a time and place, or if the almost unavoidable changes you can hear in the musicians destroy the illusions of their former glory and youth.
I'm also usually disappointed with unplugged sets of my favorite bands. All of that said, CD 1 The Acoustic Set, really works for me. No, the tracks don't have the fervor and passion of their highly produced and polished legacy hits. Obviously, many of the original members are gone from this lineup. But damn if this new singer can't sing! And the arrangements are very nicely put together and highly entertaining.
It's not the head-banging, dashboard pounding music of our youth. If you want that, put the original CDs in the player. Bam. You're happy.
However, if you're interested in hearing several of your favorite Foreigner hits stripped down to their essence, with the lyrics fully understandable, with soaring vocals and the core melodies upfront and center...you will probably like this set.
Now, CD #2...the remakes. At first I didn't want to like the newly recorded versions. But the novelty of them grew on me over time. Still, there's a certain tinny brightness to the tracks, which may be due to over-compression. The dynamics just aren't there like in the original recordings. A certain warmth is missing. Still, there is a lot to like in the arrangements, the singing and the overall production.