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Review: Skunk Anansie - An Acoustic Skunk Anansie - Live In London [Album/DVD]

Review: Skunk Anansie - An Acoustic Skunk Anansie - Live In London [Album/DVD]

100%/Boogooyamma | "...a great chance to see this formidable band in a new light and a great look back at their phenomenal career..."

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Last Edited by: Chris MUG5 Maguire September 27th, 2013.

Don’t be fooled by the word title An Acoustic Skunk Anansie; Skunk Anansie known for their power, courtesy of iconic front-woman Skin (Deborah Dyer to her family!), deliver just as powerful as punch as ever with their first ever acoustic show. But, being frank, to me this isn't acoustic in its truest sense.

To me acoustic is just vocals, acoustic guitar and perhaps a Cajon thrown in for good measure, then amplified out of necessity to the show, but here the gang are in full force with added string section. The only real difference is that Ace is of course on an acoustic guitar as opposed to electronic.

So whilst the title might be slightly muddied, I can get over that because Skunk Anansie have captured their music in a stripped back dynamic and of course, to play to such a small crowd at the iconic Cadogan Hall is quite a treat in itself too.

Watch // Skunk Anansie - 'An Acoustic Skunk Anansie - The Trailer'

So with their stripped back working of the originals we’re treated to new looks of old classics, of course like 'Brazen(Weep)', 'Twisted(Everyday Hurts)' and 'Charlie Big Potato'. But for some tracks you’d be best off forgetting the much-loved original as they take on such a new dimension it’s like an original in itself, a maturer version at the very least, we've all grown up since the 90's after-all. But with most of the tracks it’s an absolute pleasure to not only listen to the lyrics but to really hear them as they tend to take centre stage, brought to a new life by Skin’s powerful and unique voice. This live show really does showcase what a voice Skin has, possibly one of the most underrated female voices in the UK, and it’s a crying shame as Skin knocks most others out of the park. Not only is her vocal range wide and powerful, she also shows control and pure emotion making for a really personal performance.

The rest of the band also show us their skills especially the formidable sticksman Mark Richardson, known for his absolute power-housing, he shows us here that it’s not just about beating the crap out of the tubs but there’s control and finesse too, especially with his ghosting on the snare drum on 'Infidelity(Only You)'.

Watch // Skunk Anansie - 'Hedonsim' [Live]

An Acoustic Skunk Anansie is available in both DVD and Audio formats. I gave the audio a listen to first, but was disappointed at the lack of interaction from Skin with the crowd, having seen them live before that was something I really enjoyed; the connection between her and the audience. However, I'm glad to say that it’s just because a lot of it has been cut from the audio version and it does feature more on the DVD, which is nice to see especially as it’s such an intimate setting. But, for me, the DVD is lacking somewhat, I think that it’s a case of ‘I was there’ that would make this a truly special night and it’s just not fully portrayed on the DVD. I would imagine for die-hard fans across the glove, that couldn't get to the gig, it’ll be an absolute delight, but for me I’ll stick with the audio and continue to marvel over their songs once more and at the shattering vocals of Skin as she continues on her self-labelled ‘clit-rock’ resurgence.

All in all An Acoustic Skunk Anansie is a great chance to see this formidable band in a new light and a great look back at their phenomenal career.

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