Various Artists

Acoustic [Universal]

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Universal's four-disc Acoustic collection features a large cross-section of popular music rendered soft, pretty, and drenched in digital reverb by an acoustic guitar played by an anonymous hero. The songs range from obvious (Simon & Garfunkel classics like "Sounds of Silence" and "Bookends") to odd ("In the Air Tonight" by Phil Collins and Kelly Clarkson's "Since You've Been Gone" come to mind), resulting in four hours of background music that provides listeners with the leather and perfume-scented thrill of department store shopping without the inconvenience of travel.

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