Hello there. I am back from a long hiatus, but I have plenty of new music to share so lets get to it. I just finished studying for an extremely important and career determining exam, so I thought starting with the refreshing and cathartic sounds of Acoustic II would be appropriate.
So far, the 4 releases that I have heard indicate that A&B has further refined their acoustic translations, and I think their recent vocal work lends itself more naturally to the strings of an orchestra (e.g. We’re All We Need and Blue Sky Action). My parents (jealous) recently saw a show on the Acoustic II Tour, and their already high expectations were exceeded leaving me very excited for the full release on June 3rd.
Let’s get into the tracks. Overall, I think the album has a darker film noir sound than Acoustic I, but I really like it.
As it should, the album opens with “Hello”. I was actually surprised to see this on the album. I’m not creative enough to have envisioned such an appropriate rework, but that is why I am not a musician. I can appreciate this beautiful track though. See 1:34 for that trumpet to get a taste of that noir vibe that runs throughout the album.
“We’re All We Need” is next. I like the chilled out cocktail lounge vibe at the start, but I am also very glad that they left the iconic chorus relatively unchanged. 2:45 is amazing and a true testament to A&B’s skill as musicians. What was an EDM drop has been transformed into uplifting strings. To build tension they shift to darker notes that are finally relieved by a light and playful ukulele (correct me if I am wrong, but it sure sounds like one).
“Blue Sky Action” is easily my favorite of the 4 released tracks so far. Vargas was meant for this.
“Another Chance” is a new OceanLab track, and I love this acoustic version. I wasn’t sold after the very dark and stormy intro, but after the mood lightens up at 1:00 I really enjoy it. While I like the track as a whole, a part of me thinks it could have done without the first minute. Commentor Andy Stephney on YouTube hit the nail on the head when he described the first minute as having some James Bond soundtrack vibes. Great observation, and I agree but am not sure that it fits with the other ~4 minutes.
Overall I am super excited to add this to my collection. Along with Acoustic I, this will make for some great weekend decompression music.