Wednesday, May 10, 2006

album o' the day

Saves the Day
"Bug Sessions Vol. 1" EP

Seldom has a new recording made the album o' the day, let alone an EP, but today, it's going to be Saves the Day's acoustic companion to the recently released "Sound the Alarm."

Recorded during the same sessions as "Sound the Alarm," "Bug Sessions" revisits seven tracks from the band's history, reworking them to a stripped-down, non-electric sound. All the songs lend well to this format and actually have a hint of the indie pop sound they were trying to get with "In Reverie."

Unlike other acoustic recordings that seem more like a cash-in, "Bug Sessions" still manages to capture the greatness of the songs while it also breathes new life into them. "Sell My Old Clothes, I'm Off to Heaven," may sound a little better as an acoustic track, since you're able to hear exactly what Chris Conley is singing; a standard from "Can't Slow Down," "Jodie," also translates well without the urgency of fuzz, in fact, if slowed down a bit, it could be a Death Cab for Cutie song.

From what I understand, this is EP is exclusive to their tour, so if you're a fan of Saves the Day, you may want to go out of your way and get this.


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