Acoustic. The word brings to mind stripped, intimate performances, featuring piano, perhaps guitar, and a vocal part or two. So why do we find them so thrilling?
Acoustic performances are always a treat, because they offer the listener the rare chance to take in a song the way it was most likely written, as just a few chords and melodies without the added flair of the mixing, editing, and effects that, in fairness, have their place in making a song amazing. Stripping away it all showcases a song’s root structure in a way that fully produced music often can’t. With the added room, artists have the opportunity to showcase the emotion or story behind the composition on a whole new level, giving us a better understanding of the song’s message and a deeper appreciation of an artist’s musical skill.
Take a listen to acoustic versions of some of the hits from the Reservoir catalog and hear the difference for yourself.
‘CHEMICAL’ – Rilan
Rilan‘s breakout hit “Chemical” is plenty sensual already, but the acoustic version takes it to a whole new level by showcasing Rilan’s raw vocals.
‘WHEN THE BEAT DROPS OUT’ – Marlon Roudette
The acoustic version of this Jamie Hartman-penned cut brings out the calypso beat and tropical feel of Marlon Roudette’s “When The Beat Drops Out”.
‘FOREVER’ – Andy Grammer
Andy Grammer’s vocal and musical prowess take center stage in this guitar-driven version of “Forever”.
‘ALIENS’ – Ina Wroldsen
As known as she is for her songwriting, some fans might not realize exactly how magical Ina Wroldsen‘s voice is. Discover–or re-discover–it in this stripped down version of “Aliens” that showcases the Norwegian’s soaring vocals.
‘BROKEN’ – Seether
This classic hard rock cut by Seether gets a mellow makeover in this guitar-only version.
‘DANCE ON MY OWN’ – M.O
M.O‘s high energy, girl-power anthem is just as danceable as an acoustic cut.
‘SIRENS’ – Cher Lloyd
This stripped down version of Cher Lloyd’s “Sirens” gives us a deeper appreciation of both Lloyd’s sweet vocals and Ina Wroldsen‘s skillful writing.
‘JUNGLE FEVER’ – Ida Corr
“Jungle Fever” by Ida Corr is just as fiercely powerful in its studio version as it is in this a cappella version sung by Ms. Corr herself.
‘MOVE TOGETHER’ – James Bay
Fall for James Bay all over again in this stunning stripped-down rendition of “Move Together”.
‘BURNIN’ UP’ – Jessie J
It’s a well known fact that Jessie J has pipes – listen to the singer riff her head off in the acoustic version of “Burnin’ Up”.
‘BECAUSE OF YOU’ – Kelly Clarkson
Kelly Clarkson’s emotionally-charged hit “Because of You” reaches new levels of feels in this piano-accompanied rendition.
‘BRING ME TO LIFE’ – Evanescence
Singer Amy Lee’s voices maintains its rock-hard edge in this guitar-accompanied rendition of “Bring Me To Life”.
‘IMPOSSIBLE’ – Shontelle
Hear the emotion behind Shontelle‘s powerful lyrics in this chill jam sesh.
‘EXPLOSIONS’ – Ellie Goulding
In this stripped-down rendiiton of “Explosions”, it’s all about Ellie Goulding‘s unique voice.