Since Liverpool, England's China Crisis
are already a quiet band to begin with, having them record an unplugged live album could've been a bad idea. After all, what's the appeal in hearing a stripped-down performance from a group that's always been mellow? Surprisingly, China Crisis
answer that question with one of the most absorbing and lovingly constructed albums of their career. By removing the dated synthesizers, China Crisis
' songs sound timeless; morever, the emotion in Gary Daly
's voice isn't suppressed by keyboards. The track selection is superb; nearly all of China Crisis
' best songs, including "Wishful Thinking," "African and White," and "Black Man Ray," are reworked for this set. The band doesn't shed the tracks of their initial strengths. For example, the drums on "African and White" are almost as forceful as those on the original. "Wishful Thinking," a song about a man who discovers that he's the father of an ex-lover's child, becomes even more heartbreaking as violins weave in and out of the mix. The guitar work in "Christian" and "Black Man Ray" is stunningly beautiful. Acoustically Yours
exudes the warmth of a summer day; its laid-back grooves and sunny disposition are fitting for drives in the coutryside.