THE XCERTS LATE ONE NIGHT
(RAYGUN) FOR FANS OF: Deaf Havana, The Gaslight Anthem, Twin Atlantic If The Xcerts’ recent album Hold On To Your Heart saw them pumping their fists and driving off into a pop-rock sunset, then this companion EP of acoustic reworkings is the twilit drive home. Feels Like Falling In Love, for instance, is shorn of its swinging bombast here, but gains a Bruce Springsteen-ian quality that is no less moving when filtered through Murray Macleod’s bluecollar acoustic strumming and plaintive harmonica wails. Some choices on this slim package feel like missed opportunities, though. Cry and The Dark were already the softly spoken, intimate moments on Hold On…, so their appearance here minus bells, whistles and steamy saxophone doesn’t reveal previously unknown depths. So while this EP definitely remains one for the lovers, it’s still a pleasant detour into playfulness, and on their bucket list of rock‘n’roll fantasies The Xcerts can now put a satisfied enough tick next to ‘unplugged record’.