From the Ground Up
It's not often that an acoustic, unplugged collection of songs goes down as well as the originals.
Too often the intangible magic captured in a proper recording studio is lost in an echoey rendition, and fans may feel cheated by what appears to be a poor brothers version of a hit.
Not so with Collective Soul's From the Ground Up, eight no-frills, no-fuss unplugged songs, mostly taken off their fairly successful Youth album.
It helps that lead singer Ed Roland's voice is as manly mannish without the polishing that comes with the producing process, and it is a tribute and a compliment to the band itself that they pull off popular songs at such a slower pace.
Because I think this is what hard-core fans may notice on this album: the tracks chosen, while familiar, are all slowed down quite substantially.
This is not a bad thing, as the overall mood to the album becomes one of chilled, relaxed tunes.
This is the perfect CD to play as background music on a lazy day, or louder when in a melancholic mood.
Best tracks include perennial favourite Compliment and the somewhat raw She Said.