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Acoustic [V2 Records]

  • 1. Once Around the Block - Badly Drawn Boy
    2. Handbags and Gladrags - Stereophonics
    3. Don't Panic - Coldplay
    4. Underdog - Turin Brakes
    5. Part of the Process - Morcheeba
    6. Street Spirit - Radiohead
    7. Hunter - Dido
    8. Babylon - David Gray
    9. Draw Down the Stars - Tom McRae
    10. Central Reservation - Beth Orton
    11. Asleep in the Back - Elbow
    12. Solid Air - John Martyn
    13. I Don't Want to Know - Muki
    14. No Fear of Falling - I Am Kloot
    15. Time Is Now - Moloko
    16. Riverman - Nick Drake
    17. Toxic Girl - Kings of Convenience
    18. Thirteen - Big Star
    19. Dark Is Rising - Mercury Rev
    20. Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley
    21. Kathy's Song - Eva Cassidy
    22. Night and Day - Everything But the Girl
    23. Boxer - Simon & Garfunkel
    24. Hey Joni - Spek
    25. Save Me - Aimee Mann
    26. Man Who Told Everything - Doves
    27. Nobody's Song in Particular - Grand Drive
    28. Don't I Hold You - Wheat
    29. Dry - Feeder
    30. Autumn - Quinn
    31. My Idea of Fun - Dolittle
    32. Something in My Eye - Ed Harcourt
    33. You Should Know - Julie Daniels
    34. Leaving My Sorrow Behind - Ben Christophers
    35. So You'll Aim Towards the Sky - Grandaddy
    36. Wild Wood - Paul Weller
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): ECV21

  • Credits

    V2 Records' impressive roster helps to fill out this two-disc set of mellow songs from Radiohead, Dido, Badly Drawn Boy, and Coldplay, as well as some well-known acoustic performances from Nick Drake, Jeff Buckley, John Martyn, and Simon & Garfunkel. Unlike some sort of massive "Unplugged" session, the compilation acts more like an introduction to acoustic music at the turn of the 21st century, with a handful of classic low-key favorites thrown in here and there. Almost all of the tracks have appeared as album tracks, B-sides, soundtrack selections, on-air performances, or live cuts somewhere else, but that doesn't change the sheer enjoyment of hearing alternate versions of songs that may be all-too familiar in their electric versions. As Radiohead drifts further and further out into electronic experimentation, their stripped-down "Street Spirit (Fade Out)" (originally released on The Bends) is all the more intriguing, and Stereophonics' live roll through the Rod Stewart classic "Handbags and Gladrags" is as charmingly boozy and gruff as any of the Faces early recordings. The exceptional Elbow are equally moving in an acoustic setting, as are the songs from Wheat, Doves, I Am Kloot, and relative newcomer Tom McRae. Sticklers out there may object that Mercury Rev's fully orchestrated "The Dark Is Rising" and Beth Orton's electronic blip-filled "Central Reservation" are hardly textbook examples of the word "acoustic," but their lush sounds provide good contrast to the warm and intimate selections surrounding them. In a market that is glutted with electronic "Chillout" records, it is warmly refreshing to hear some authentically chilled-out performances whose intimate looseness is far more at ease than any downbeat compilation in recent memory. ~ Zac Johnson

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