The second CD sits much better with me, but it's a bit more dramatic once the acoustic studio work kicks in. It also features a sweet softer take on Stillborn, the final live performance track. If you're a huge fan, give the whole album a listen. If not, give the melodically inclined version of Stillborn an ear.
It'll take a minute to really start up but once it does and the guitar shows its colors, it leaves behind any thought of the original. It shows that you don't have to scream like a musically trained angry hobo to really be BLS. I kinda wish this track was one of the Unblackened studio releases, but the few that are will have to do.
The rest of the album walks a little too crooked for my tastes. I'm a fan, I could sing along to a few tracks and it was fun, really. I'd never buy it though. The quality of the second half can't make up for the muddy sound the first CD brings, and those Unblackened studio tracks aren't all that amazing. I do admit I enjoyed hearing Zakk behind Ain't No Sunshine, comedic video and all.
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I can't say much on the quality of the composition, because most of it had been pre-recorded by the very same band. Yeah, it's great stuff, but you might as well grab a few of their best albums and piece together the best tracks. The only thing that makes the Unblackened live performance any more special than ordinary is how the audience will cheer even during silence. I wouldn't necessarily say you should stay away, I just think it's best left for the hardcore fans.