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Mildly diverting but no substitute for the originals - or for a proper 'live' album,
This review is from: No Frills - Solo Acoustic (MP3 Download)
This album features Nik dipping into his back catalogue to offer solo acoustic versions of his (I assume) favourite self penned tunes. The album is mainly a mix of hits and prime album cuts, although a couple of 'new' songs (written with or for other artists) are thrown in for good measure.
Whilst the songs are all expertly performed - hey, it's Nik Kershaw, you'd expect nothing less - the feeling ultimately prevails that this album is merely something of a stop gap until the next studio album (writer's block, perhaps?). None of the performances contained herein could be considered superior to the original recordings, and many of them fail even to be satisfyingly different - several tracks appear to do little more than swap out the original electric guitar for an acoustic.
Nik is on the record as saying this is the closest we are likely to ever get to an official live album, which is a great shame, as the main thing lacking from this album is the interaction that a live audience brings to the mix. The atmosphere, the sense of occasion, the sheer sense of fun of just getting up on stage and performing your songs to an enthusiastic crowd are all completely absent in this release.
Especially ironic, given that the song 'Somebody Loves You' - which deals with the subject of performing live - should feature on the album...