Remedy Drive "Resuscitate: Acoustic Sessions" by David Bunce (cmaddict.com) on 2013-06-06 13:15:09
Remedy Drive has yet to disappoint me with their music. However, I did begin listening with a slight edge of uncertainty. Many bands I have heard release acoustic sets, are not able to keep the momentum through the album that the first hit was able to impact their audience with. I’m glad to say that this was not the case in the slightest with Resuscitate: The Acoustic Sessions While at first I expected my ears to be met with the exact same music simply stripped of the heavier instruments and energizing electric guitar riffs, I was actually drawn to further explore the creation I had only listened to in passing before.
The acoustic version gave me a greater appreciation for the talent of this band, and also a greater appreciation for the songs themselves. “Make it Bright”, one of my favorites from the original release, (released September of 2012) garnered a spot for this talented group to see this single in the top ten on Billboard’s rock charts.
Now admittedly, the sound is not as polished or “radio ready” as their first album. Raw or rough around the edges are certainly words which accurately describe the sound of these acoustic recordings. It sounds more like what you will hear before the album has been fully recorded, mixed, and polished. I think that’s what gives this album a unique sound. It’s almost as good as being in the studio with the band while they record, or around the campfire listening to songs not meant for a rock show, but songs that share a story and a message.
I found it interesting how both albums were named Resuscitate, and that seems to be exactly what Remedy Drive has done by re-releasing their album in this relaxed, yet in some ways more memorable album and giving us a new perspective on their music. If you enjoyed Resuscitate, then I would definitely suggest you listen to this album and experience these great songs in a different way. If you have yet to hear from Remedy Drive, I’d say this is a great place to start.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Label: Centricity Music
Release Date: June 4, 2013
Buy it: Amazon
1. Better Than Life (Acoustic) 3:44
2. Lost Cause (Acoustic) 3:34
3. Resuscitate Me (Acoustic) 3:39
4. God I Hope So (Acoustic) 4:02
5. What Are We Waiting For (Acoustic) 3:36
6. Don't Forget (Acoustic) 2:56
7. Make It Bright (Acoustic) 2:44
8. Crystal Sea (Acoustic) 4:49
9. Glory (Acoustic) 3:39
10. Hold On (Acoustic) 3:34