Kerrang! (UK) - - Reviews - JAMES MACKIN­NON

(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’.

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