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This review is from: An Acoustic Skunk Anansie - Live In London (Audio CD)
Skunk Anansie have been around for what feels like forever. They started making records (in part) about the apathy of the British electorate in not ousting a Tory government. They celebrated the apathy vanishing in 1997 (at Phoenix Festival) and they have reappeared during the life of this Tory government. They are f****ng political, as they would say.
This album is the first acoustic album from the band from their first fully acoustic gig. It is a impressive. No busked versions are to be found here and the band are every bit as musically talented acoustically (where the detail is sometimes hard to reproduce) as they are electric.
Thus far I have only listened in my car which, whilst it has good audio, may not be doing it justice. I would say though that whilst the performances are immense, the album sounds a little flat. There is no real depth of sound and no warmth. The bass drum has a click to it that sounds like actually being there and standing too near to a slightly duff speaker. Like I say, I may need to adjust my settings but I was hoping for something smoother from an acoustic album.
In terms of tracks, I'm not going to review each and every one but there are some obvious highlights on here. You'll discover them.
There was something of a discovery here though. Whilst I loved the first two albums from SA, I was less keen on the later material. I saw them in Manchester last year for the first time in over a decade and felt the same about the later material. But, on this album, the "newer" material really shines and has the feel of something quite special. Maybe it was always begging to be performed acoustically?
All-in-all, this is a great record for any existing fan and Skin is still one of the most distinct and powerful voices in British music but this is an ensemble album like never before and its appeal will be, I suspect, broader than most "greatest hits" acoustic albums.