Recorded fairly quickly at the end of the sessions for The Incomplete Glenn Tilbrook, this limited edition U.K.-only CD runs through nine of that album's songs in a bare-bones but generally appealing fashion, utilizing only Tilbrook's soulfully chirpy voice and his fine acoustic guitar playing (with what sounds like a melodica also popping up briefly on "Morning"). Surprisingly, a couple of these minimally arranged recordings actually improve on the more produced "official" versions on Incomplete -- in particular, the acoustic version of "One Dark Moment" offered up here was considered good enough to become a bonus track when The Incomplete Glenn Tilbrook was eventually released in the U.S. However, that one performance is not the only highlight on The Completely Acoustic Glenn Tilbrook; the simple, direct takes on songs such as "I Won't See You" and "This Is Where You Ain't" are also quite charming, and sharp-eared fans will note the inclusion of an alternate line in one of the verses to "G.S.O.H. Essential." While not a vital acquisition for the casual fan (the recording budget is audibly spartan, and there's not one new song on the entire album), The Completely Acoustic Glenn Tilbrook is nevertheless a low-key, entertaining curiosity which dedicated Tilbrook and Squeeze punters will find worth seeking out.
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AllMusic Review by Rudyard Kennedy