Posted on May 6th, 2011 (1:03 pm) by Joseph Bogen

Welcome to the future of music. Now that file sharing has decimated the industry, I think we can look forward to a lot more releases like Low’s C’mon Acoustic. Like nearly every other album these days, C’mon was leaked prior to its release, making this free EP included with every album purchase on the past Record Store Day a necessary ploy to get listeners to pay for an album they already downloaded. To Low’s credit, they’re also selling this EP by itself at their live shows for a reasonable $5.00, so fans who have already managed to get their hands on the album don’t have to pay for music they already own. Another favorite artist of mine who shall remain nameless actually got me to pay for the same album twice so that I could get a largely worthless bonus disc.

But that doesn’t change the fact that this is a totally unnecessary release that just gives fans something more to pay for. C’mon is already a very melodically straight-forward album; stripping the songs down to acoustic performances doesn’t change the arrangements beyond lowering the volume. It also doesn’t help that the EP doesn’t include my two favorite songs from the album, “Especially Me” and “Nothing but Heart”.

In the end, these five acoustic tracks feel unnecessary. I’d love to hear acoustic versions of the songs from their previous album, Drums and Guns; because that album relied so heavily on electronics, I bet acoustic versions of the songs might have been transformative. Unfortunately, no such transformation takes place on this EP.

Track List:

1. Try to Sleep
2. Witches
3. Done
4. $20
5. Nightingale

Purchase at: Amazon | eMusic

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