MTV Unplugged definitely isn’t an unknown recorded event, usually offered to bands and artists who’ve reached a legendary or incredibly renowned status, including the likes of Oasis, Nirvana, and even Korn. With this being the case, why the hell have a band with one album achieving some recognisable mainstream success like All Time Low been able to join the ranks of such artists? They just simply haven’t earned it yet.
It’s not like the CD/DVD combo isn’t enjoyable, bringing fan favourites like ‘Weightless’ and ‘Coffee Shop Soundtrack’ into an toned-down acoustic atmosphere in a surprisingly effective manner, and is a real showcase on how tight and well organised the band are live. But what the audio presentation of the audio CD hides the visual advantage of the DVD reveals. In comparison to most other MTV Unplugged performances it just seems a little cheap, unnecessary and lacking of effort. The band are placed in a small room surrounded by the lucky fans – some of which are sitting on the floor cross-legged – with a poor candle-lit effect in the form of small lights spread across the floor. Even the inclusion of their guest vocalist seems pointless, with Kate Voegele singing the outro for ‘Remembering Sunday’ which only takes her the time to walk from one side of the room to the other; that’s roughly about 10 seconds.
If the whole idea of this release and recording being cheaply done, undeserved, and uneccessary is put aside, hearing All Time Low‘s tracks in an acoustic manner definitely brings their sound to a refreshing and soothing setting to enjoy. The added interview and outtakes on the DVD is just another selling point, even if this will probably only appeal to the band’s more dedicated fanbase.
Written by Zach Redrup