A slight disappointment. Back in 2011, I do remember thinking this sophomore effort was a bit of a letdown, similar to how I felt about Leelah James: raw, gifted talent that was smoothed over by professional production, perhaps a bit too much, and in that process something “magical” was lost. Still, she’s just too talented to cast aside, and there are definitely some gems here at a level that will be choice cuts likely for the rest of her career.
Just not my cup of tea.
What a great listen, and a flashback to youth. But it holds up! Mostly. A little too long, but still a banger.
Uh, this was the easiest album to rate so far! Easy 5 stars. I think the more enjoyable rating game to play is not to rate this amongst the 1001 albums, but to consider how I'd rate it amongst The Beatles' full catalog. It'd STILL would be a 5 star album, depending on the day it's my fav Beatles album, with maybe Revolver, The White Album, and Abbey Road amongst the group that would rate as top depending on mood and last time I heard it.
Great album, enjoyable for the hits arranged for an acoustic session as well as some new gems (to me) like the Bowie cover. There were some strong nostalgia vibes here though; listening to it today outside of the 90's MTV Unplugged mania of the time it's a little less vital. Still good, but not sure I'll be going back to it a lot or anything.
More enjoyable as the album went along. Surprisingly melodic, and some interesting chord and tempo changes kept me interested. I don’t think I’ll revisit frequently, but it’s a good mid-tier album with a few solid tracks I could see wanting to check out regularly for some listening variety.