FACE TO FACE: Hold Fast: Acoustic Sessions: CD

Upon hearing Face To Face do acoustic versions of some of their best songs, I discovered that not all of them work that well sans electricity. Doing a slower, acoustic version of a song may jack up the level of emotion and plaintiveness, but at times the result is a song that is overwrought and unnecessarily defanged. Some versions are really great, though, when the band adds in a level of complexity with the rhythms and the instrumentation and keeps to an uptempo beat. The versions of “Keep Your Chin Up,” “Don’t Turn Away,” and “Ordinary” contained herein were particularly good in that regard. If you’re way into Face To Face you’ll undoubtedly want to pick this up, but for the rest of you I offer no guarantees. –The Lord Kveldulfr (Fat)