Monday, 1 July 2013

Kerry Ellis & Brian May - Acoustic By Candlelight (2013)

Genre - Live / Acoustic / Rock / Show
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Track listing -

01 – Born Free
02 – I Loved A Butterfly (Somethings That Glitter?)
03 – I Who Have Nothing
04 – Dust In The Wind
05 – The Kissing Me Song
06 – Nothing Really Has Changed
07 – Life Is Real
08 – The Way We Were
09 – Something
10 – Love Of My Life
11 – I’m Not That Girl
12 – I Can’t Be Your Friend
13 – In The Bleak Midwinter
14 – Crazy Little Thing Called Love
15 – No One But You (Only The Good Die Young)

Recorded live in the Uk on part of the Born Free tour, Acoustic By Candlelight is a live acoustic album featuring various acoustic renditions of Queen classics, Kerry Ellis solo and show tunes.
As a live representation of the shows, it showcases the relaxed nature of such live acoustic affairs.
Opening with the beautiful Born Free,  a wonderful song that suites Kerry Ellis' voice perfectly. Brian May manages to sound warm and tender on the acoustic guitar, something thats great to hear as he is generally better known for his huge multi layered guitar sounds from his Red Special.
After brief introductions they move into I Loved A Butterfly, which was originally released on the Queen plus Paul Rogers album The Cosmos Rocks under the title of Some Things That Glitter, I'm not sure why its been given a different title hear. Its a beautiful and faithful rendition, that once again suites Kerry's voice beautifully. The album continues in the same vein, with Miss Ellis providing emotive and powerful vocals backed by Dr May's warm tender guitar instrumentation. the only time that this doesn't seem to work is on the Queen classic, Crazy Little Thing Called Love. Here Kerry's vocals seem strained and forced for some reason.
This is a wonderful little album, which fans of both Brian May and more importantly Kerry Ellis will enjoy.

If you are looking for a chilled out live acoustic album, then look no further!


Rating - 9/10

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