Minus The Bear-Acoustics

Minus The Bear Acoustics:

Acoustic versions of previously released songs. For a band that relies heavily on effects pedals, making an acoustic EP seems like a dangerous idea. Normally guitar dominated, going acoustic gives more focus to the lyrics and piano playing than on the original tracks. Don’t despair though, the guitars get a lot of time to shine, and do so effectively, imaginatively reinvented for this EP. Fortunately the lyrics and piano playing are both as enjoyable as the reworked guitar parts, and the band reinvents their tunes successfully. Though I’d say the originals beat out the acoustic versions, this EP is an interesting and worthwhile listen. I wouldn’t advise new listeners to start with this disk though, since much of what makes this album interesting is comparing the new versions to the originals, and quite frankly this EP isn’t what Minus The Bear are about, this is just a rewarding detour.

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