When it comes to MTV Unplugged you think of the classics that have partoken in the experience – mainly Nirvana. There have been others, but yeah – it’s mainly Nirvana. Other acts to be featured with MTV Unplugged include Stone Temple Pilots, The Cranberries, Alice in Chains, Jay-Z, and Dashboard Confessional. Not that it was ever prolific, the past seven years have been spotty at best with the only alternative notables to play the feature including Thirty Seconds to Mars, Florence and the Machine, and All Time Low.
The latest to push out an MTV Unplugged album is Jack Antonoff’s Bleachers. While Antonoff more than has the chops as a performer, the album isn’t a classic live album. It’s something you can occasionally come back to, not something you’re going to listen to on a consistent basis. Hearing the live acoustic takes of songs like “Everybody Lost Somebody”, “Rollercoaster, “I Miss Those Days”, and “I Wanna Get Better” is awesome. Hearing Lorde sing with Antonoff on “Don’t Take The Money” and Carly Rae Jepsen sing on “Shadow” – are both cool moments too. The rest of the album is just kind of… meh. It’s a cool set overall, there’s just not much that’s iconic about it. The saxophone on “Everybody Lost Somebody” comes the closest but it’s not used nearly as much as it should be. “The energy on “I Wanna Get Better” is unmistakable but it doesn’t quite resonate as well as it probably should either.
The MTV Unplugged release from Bleachers will keep fans happy. Make no mistake, we consider ourselves in that category, but it’s just not as good as it probably could have been. That said, I’m sure seeing this show live was INSANE, it’s just not an amazing live record. Frampton Comes Alive it’s not but it will keep Bleachers fans happy for a short amount of time.