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Album Review

Sleeping With Sirens – Live and Unplugged

Sleeping With Sirens - Live and Unplugged

An acoustic concert from the comfort of your own home.

Label: Epitaph
Released: 8th April 2016

Rating: ★★★★

The difference between a band live and on record can be stark. Maybe it’s to do with the sensation of actually being there, seeing how the band play, that alters it so much. Capturing that little something extra on record is the real challenge, and ‘Live and Unplugged’ might as well plonk Sleeping With Sirens in your living room.

They took the ol’ acoustic out on the road and stripped back their latest album, classics of theirs, and a few covers for good measure. Before you hear the opener ‘With Ears to See and Eyes to Hear’, you’re catapulted into a screaming audience, and guided through an easy-listening set.

It’s not just the band, but the whole magic of a live show. Anyone who goes to shows and doesn’t get a little shiver at the most powerful of sing alongs may be made of steel, and this album will definitely test your resolve.

Then there’s Kellin’s passing chats, like announcing one of the first songs he ever wrote with the band, ‘If I’m James Dean, You’re Audrey Hepburn’. It plucks a great setlist and just makes it feel like a personal affair. Their twist on the Goo Goo Dolls’ ‘Iris’ isn’t exactly a reinvention at an acoustic show, but it still has that way of kind of transporting you there, letting the crowd take the fore.

A live show can rarely be truly replicated on record, but Sleeping With Sirens have done a bang up job. Sit on your couch, close your eyes, and have a little acoustic concert from the comfort of your own home. Heather McDaid