Shawn McDonald - The Analog Sessions

Published Tuesday 23rd July 2013
Shawn McDonald - The Analog Sessions
Shawn McDonald - The Analog Sessions

STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 134390-20532
LABEL: Sparrow 5099990928925
FORMAT: CD Album
ITEMS: 1
RELEASE DATE: 2013-03-26
PRICE: £2.50

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Reviewed by Elliot Rose

'The Analogue Sessions' is the sort of compilation album you don't get from every artist. Rather than simply shoving together a dozen of his most popular songs from his solid back catalogue, Shawn has made the most of some of the hard-to-come-by antique studio technology and rerecorded nine of his fan favourites together with two new songs. As you'd expect, the rare and valuable equipment has clearly been handled with great care, and regrettably that's where the album lets itself down; many of the songs have had the edge taken off in the process, almost starved of energy and excitement in case anything happens to the tech. Of course it's still very difficult to ruin great songs, but the two bonus tracks ("radio versions" of the new tunes - "What Are You Waiting For" and "Through It All") for me are the highlight, particularly the former, which don't suffer the same problem.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Eyes Forward [Listen]
2. What Are You Waiting For [Listen]
3. Gravity [Listen]
4. Closer [Listen]
5. Through It All [Listen]
6. Rise [Listen]
7. Captivated [Listen]
8. Beautiful [Listen]
9. The Space Between [Listen]
10. Take My Hand [Listen]
11. All I Need [Listen]
12. What Are You Waiting For (Radio Version) [Listen]
13. Through It All (Radio Version) [Listen]

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Product Description
With the release of The Analog Sessions on March 26, Shawn McDonald continues to solidify himself as one of Christian music's most respected and soulful troubadours. A true artist in every sense of the word, McDonald entered the music scene in 2004 with Simply Nothing and has since released three additional studio recordings Risen (2006), Roots (2008) and last year's critically acclaimed Closer. For The Analog Sessions, McDonald selected 9 cuts off previous albums (in addition to two brand new songs) to receive the analogue treatment - recorded with full band live in the studio direct to tape on fully restored analogue tape machines and consoles with tons of vintage gear. The result is an album full of fan favourites that have been re-imagined and recorded with a warmth and organic sound that only comes with this type of thoughtful production.

Die-hard fans will be thrilled to see songs going all the way back to McDonald's first album included, among them Take My Hand and Gravity plus some of his biggest radio hits to date including Closer and Captivated. As an added bonus for fans there are also "radio versions" of new songs What Are You Waiting For and Through It All included on the full-length album that get the full pop treatment rounding out the 13-track collection.

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