Various Artists

Acoustic 2007

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With two discs of 19 tracks each, the V2-issued Acoustic 2007 gives a pretty decent collection of contemporary, softer alternative rock, indie rock, and folk songs. Not all the pieces on the album are actually acoustic -- Grandaddy, Bat for Lashes, Peter Bjorn and John, the Dears, South, and Camera Obscura all use some electronic instrumentation here -- but they all fit into the overall idea of the compilation: gentle, thoughtful songs that concentrate on lyrics and sweet melodies, even if the subject matter itself is sad (which it often is). While there are a lot of great bands and artists on Acoustic 2007, tracks by José Gonzalez, Aimee Mann, Brendan Benson, Christian Kjellvander, and Willy Mason stand out especially, and make the collection (particularly its first disc) a worthwhile listen.

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