Mat Kearney just released City of Black & White Revisited a collection of five of his favorite songs from his 2009 album redone acoustically with different arrangements. The songs were all great choices to redo, they weren’t just favorites of his, they’re favorites of his fans.
The original “Fire & Rain” has an upbeat 80’s vibe with some very big bass drums in it. The new version features banjo, piano, and acoustic guitar and a vocal from Kearney at a significantly higher decibel than the instrumentation. It’s not a huge leap away from the original version, but the biggest difference is that Kearney is contempt letting his vocal do most of the work with the song. That’s really the trend of the whole EP, Kearney’s vocal is the center of the songs with acoustic instrumentation and a softer arrangement. The tactic works well across this EP and overall, it’s an enjoyable listen all the way through the release.
This EP isn’t a groundbreaking release or a must-listen for anybody out there, but for Kearney fans who have followed him for the past thirteen years, it’s a nice release and a cool revisit to some cool songs from one of his better albums. If you’re a fan of Mat Kearney then this is worth checking out.