Friday, March 2, 2012

MR. BIG: "Live From The Living Room"

Label: Frontiers 2012

Review by Kimmo Toivonen

I don't usually have too much time for live albums, but "Live From The Living Room" isn't too bad at all. Mr. Big has taken the "unplugged" approach and reworked a handful of their songs into the acoustic format. They work really well this way, still highlighting the incredible musical talent of the band, not to mention their superb vocals.

Majority of the songs are from the band's latest studio album "What If", which makes sense as they were recorded while the band were promoting it in Japan. I actually like some of these versions more than I like their normal album versions.

What's also cool is that at least to these untrained ears, the album doesn't sound doctored - it hasn't been tweaked to squaky clean perfection. Eric Martin's soulful voice may crack here and there and I'm sure that even Billy Sheehan, Paul Gilbert and Pat Torpey may have miss a note somewhere along the line, but really, that's the "human touch" that makes this a LIVE album.


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