If you are not an acoustic guitar aficionado of remake classic covers, read no further and embrace your classic collection of Foreigner CD's. However, for those of us who enjoy the fine musicianship of such initiatives, Acoustique should be a serene and tranquil journey taking you back to the 80's as you drift off to dream with a smile on your face!
My accurate assessment is 4.5 stars and here is why:
1. Truly proficient musicianship by Mick Jones on guitar. The listener gets to experience great classic rock with the intimacy that an acoustic set provides. You can hear what smooth guitar chord changes should sound like without the amateur fret buzzing-this really separates good guitarists from the pack. Take that from a once classical guitar major!
2. Vocals: Kelly Hansen's vocal range is excellent on most of these tracks. Admittedly, no one can match the vocal timbre of Lou Gramm and yes, it is sad that the Mick Jones/Lou Gramm magic could not be resurrected for this CD but this is truly an excellent work.
3. The best tracks IMO are: Long, Long Way From Home, Cold As Ice, Say You Will, Double Vision, Fool For You Anyway (Great Hall and Oates style) and the classic Presley "That's All Right" (interesting guitar changes).
1. The three "Bonus" Tracks really offer nothing complimentary to this CD and IMO, detract from the acoustic motif of the work. For example, there is only one new song on these 3 tracks "Save Me". The track was poorly done, sounds a bit cacophonous and Hansen's vocals are raspy in the high register. The other two tracks are uninspiring, non-acoustical and offer nothing new. Bonus tracks should offer something new and compliment the theme of the work. This clearly doesn't.
2. There is some considerable duplication here in the availability of some of Foreigner's catalog. For example, all of the tracks on Acoustique (except the three unremarkable "Bonus" tracks discussed above) are available on the "Feels Like The First Time" 3 Disc compilation. This compilation is by far, the best deal available if you can find this because it not only includes Acoustique but Juke Box Heroes and the Live in Chicago DVD-An incredible selection and deal.
1. Acoustique is a MUST HAVE CD but purchase it on the Foreigner "Feels Like The First Time" 3 Disc Set. This is a bit challenging to find but I lucked out and grabbed it at Wal-Mart for $9.00! (Some vendors are asking $39 for it online). For your information, this is a 2011 copyright date by "Razor & Tie". (UPC is: 7-93018-31362-9).
Enjoy and Happy Listening!!!