ictionary.com defines the word “acoustic” as “of, pertaining to, or being a musical instrument whose sound is not electrically enhanced or modified.” A generation ago this would have been called “Unplugged.” It is a rare artist that is able to achieve as good or better sound when they are not enhanced electronically. The Lincoln, Nebraska band Remedy Drive is such an entity. Taking their successful 2012 Centricity label debut Resuscitate and breaking it down into its acoustic core, the release the aptly titled Resuscitate: Acoustic Sessions. Each of the original 10 tracks are back, beautifully resuscitated back to life without electrons. This is an album that you must listen to in its entirety to appreciate the skill and musicianship that permeates each track. In short, Remedy Drive has achieved that rare album that is better than the original plugged in version.
More: To achieve this incredible acoustic feel, Remedy Drive employed use of instrumentation that is not usually associated with Christian Rock … banjo anyone? It works wonderfully to replace sounds that were originally produced by electronic embellishments. Cover-to-cover, this has been one of the most enjoyable albums I have listened to all year.
Less: Care must be taken to ensure that vocals are boosted to compensate for the increase in instrumentation. This only occurs in small spots of the album but is noticeable.
Randy W. Cross