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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 29 January 2014
Acoustic is a skilful reworking of selected tracks from the albums Tri-State, Group Therapy and Sirens of the Sea (under the OceanLab name) as well as a new track, Making Plans.

The switch to an acoustic and more orchestral sound has the effect of slowing the tempo of a lot of the tracks, giving greater focus and clarity to the lyrics and impressive vocal performances. Also, it’s likely this album will appeal to new fans who haven’t heard the trance originals.

The tracks that stood out the most included You Got to Go which was slow, chilled out with Zoë Johnston’s soothing voice and a piano motif, as well as switching into a downtempo section that reminded me of Zero 7 in their Simple Things era. Can’t Sleep works very well with flourishes of strings and a jazzy trumpet. Good for Me, perhaps my favourite track from Tri-State, is also included with the addition of guitar strumming and percussion. Love is Not Enough adds to the later stages of the album with a bit of a folky influence and warm sounds.

The acoustic approach is a worthwhile move and displays Above & Beyond’s skills in multiple genres. The depth of instrumentation and the live band add a more timeless feel to the tracks and fans of the originals will enjoy hearing their favourite tracks in a new way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 7 February 2014
I had the rare pleasure of being at the Porchester Hall to watch this being recorded. It was a wonderful event, but what was most incredible was how some of the songs brought several audience members to tears. They were genuinely emotional performances by A&B, Zoe Johnston et al, and you can feel this when listening to this album. In any case it is fantastic to hear classic trance tracks re-arranged in this manner, I just wish more so-called 'trance' artists were brave enough to do the same.

Very few albums are of this calibre.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 27 January 2014
Wonderful album. The interpretation of the tracks to an acoustic format is just amazing. They work so so well.

Can't fault it! Listen and love it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 2 July 2014
A stunning album. Great collection of songs, with the mix of male and female vocalists really adding to the musical journey for the listener. Thoroughly recommened.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 16 April 2014
I love this CD, it's a constant favourite for in the car after a hard day. brilliant vocals, great music and some absolute classics.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 7 July 2014
always loved above & beyond/oceanlab music, & this is a relaxing, chilled out take on some of their best vocal tracks
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 10 May 2014
Great album, demonstrating the versatility and talent of Above and Beyond. I has become a favourite play in the car.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I've always loved A&B for their cutting edge tunes. This album is certainly in amongst my top 5 ever albums. A chill out twist to the boys trance/dance tunes. Amazing
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on 4 May 2015
I'm a huge fan of A&B. Tri-State and Group Therapy would both be in my top 10 albums of all time. I enjoyed watching this live acoustic set. Stripped of the dance beats, it showed the melodic simplicity and emotional power of the songs. And Zoe Johnston's angelic vocals are sublime. Which sadly can't be said for Tony's ill judged attempt to sing Making Plans. That's the only duff track though. Inexplicably, Paavo's gorgeous piano piece Small Moments, that opened the performance, is missing from the CD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 April 2014
Great album!! Above & Beyond are just brilliant !!!! Great songs with a completely different take on their original tracks
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