They have done it again as Above & Beyond produce the stunning new masterpiece with ‘Acoustic II’.
Stunning. Above & Beyond are renowned for their hard hitting Trance and huge progressive hits which they deliver to the scene over many years, gaining a devoted fan base and a crowd who embrace every heartfelt track which is produced by the trio. For their latest album, they have changed it up once more for the new ‘Acoustic II’ album and what can we say, it’s as brilliant as ever.
A few years back, the Above & Beyond lads decided that they needed to do something a little different, something that would make them stand out but something which they could use their musical abilities for, so they produced an acoustic album which saw them re-produce their tracks with an orchestra and themselves, and what a success it was. Not wanting to leave it with just one album and wanting to carry on the style that had started, Above & Beyond are back with the new ‘Acoustic II’ album which sees them re-produce many of the tracks from last year’s stand out album ‘We Are All We Need’.
This album applies the A&B Acoustic treatment to much of our last album, ‘We Are All We Need’, plus some of our older songs we didn’t have time for last time. Back at the helm is our producer and arranger extraordinaire, Bob Bradley, who’s distinctive Twin Peaks meets John Barry meets Massive Attack style, honed over 20 years, has been completely hijacked by this project. Working with his trusted string arranger, Chris Egan, the orchestral backbone of this album has expanded to include more string players and, importantly, more brass.
We used all the same band members as last time, with the addition of Jono and Paavo’s university friend Paul Stewart from The Feeling. And since Acoustic is now fairly well established as a part of the Above & Beyond thing, we thought we’d use the original vocalists wherever possible So welcome back Richard Bedford and Justine Suissa. – Above & Beyond
It’s a stunning new album. With some of the tracks already pre-released before the full album arrived, we had already heard track such as ‘We Are All We Need’ recreated, as well as ‘Hello’ and ‘Blue Sky Action’. Each track brings their own blend of tempo, its own style as well as the vocalists which have been used, fusing this with the backdrop of the brass sounds, the percussion, the soothing strings which have all be used, it’s an incredible piece of work and to go into each track would be a waste.
I’ll just say you need to put ‘Acoustic II’ on, kick back and relish in the sounds which the Above & Beyond guys, as well as their band, have put together. I cannot praise this enough. You can grab your copy of the album here.