Let me preface my review by saying that Sevendust is, in my opinion, one of the best bands around today with perhaps one of the most powerful lead singers. The talent in this group is overwhelmingly scary, and when I heard that the group would make yet another step in the more mature direction by releasing an acoustic cd I was damn near shat myself. But after listening to the cd, I am left with one thought. That was alright, but it could've been earth shattering. The first thing I must say is that either the guitar playing, or recording, on many tracks is sub-par. We constantly hear the high pitched clanging coming from what should be the centerpiece of an acoustic perfomance. In what seems to either be poor recording or an ego-trip, the bass is about as heavy as it would be in a Korn concert. The percussions, however, are amazingly well done, the kind of abilities I have come to expect from Sevendust. The singing was excellent. However, the group took the album to much like another one of their hard rock performances. At one point I overheard someone in the band say, "Let's see that circle." I am only guessing he is referring to a mosh circle. When I picture an acoustic performance I picture Nirvana's Unplugged session, not a rock concert with acoustic guitars. The CD is not all that bad, however, as the bands talent prevails in a cover of Hurt, Angle's Son, Skeleton Song, not to mention an acoustic studio version of Broken Down, which makes me wonder how good they would have sounded if they had recorded all of their songs in studio.