Rise Against putting out an acoustic record just makes sense. Some of the band’s most treasured songs are acoustic songs. “Swing Life Away” – their breakthrough single and their most popular song – is an acoustic song. So, it made sense for the band to release a collection of reworkings of their raucous punk songs into something acoustic and symphonic. With that, the band has put out, The Ghost Note Symphonies, Vol. 1.
A cool collection of songs that the band has hand picked to rework there are some fan favorites on this record, “The Violence”, “Audience of One”, and “House On Fire.” All ten songs on this album are awesome acoustic renditions and the song choices all make sense. The acoustic sound gives the songs a shot to speak for themselves a little better than the original versions too. Lyrically, you can make out every word that vocalist Tim McIlrath is saying and because there’s some soft production behind it, it makes what he’s saying sound more sincere.
What’s impressive about this collection are the acoustics and the production choices that the band made for this record. It sounds great and there’s a lot of different instrumentation going on. The music sounds like it’s the soundtrack to Gangs of New York.
Rise Against’s The Ghost Symphonies, Vol. 1 is a must listen for any fan of the band and something that they’ll listen to over and over until Vol. 2 comes out.