Rise Against have taken a change of approach with their latest release as the bring a selection of previously released tracks onto one collection, however with an all acoustic twist.
Spanning all previous albums this selection of 10 tracks have been stripped back and take a more chilled approach, which also creates a different feel to the tracks. Whilst predominantly known as a punk band, the new arrangement creates a folk feeling as the acoustic guitars lead the unmistakable vocal from the well-loved band. This approach also allows the listener to really focus on the lyrics vocalising the passion and feeling that they were written with.
The 37-minute release is an incredible way of displaying how well the songs are written and how impressive the band are as The Ghost Note Symphonies Vol 1 leads us on an enjoyable sing along to tracks that millions have already heard, just not in this form.
‘Faint Resemblance’ has a different feel on the album as it is played on the ukulele to create a higher pitch of the track whist ‘Savior’ is performed with new vigour and emotion to create a version of a favourite that will rival the original.
Volume 1 is a fantastic selection of tracks spanning the back catalogue that have been dusted down and rebuilt with a more straight forward structure that works perfectly. Whilst there will be a few raised eyebrows at an acoustic album by Rise Against, this release won’tdivide opinion when the results have been enjoyed, because there is no way that this cannot be enjoyed. If there is a Volume 2, Rise Against have set the bar extremely high.
The Ghost Note Symphonies Vol 1 was released 27thJuly 2018 on Virgin Records.
- The Violence
- Audience of One
- Faint Resemblance
- House on Fire
- Like The Angel
- Wait For Me
- Far From Perfect
- Voices Off Camera