“Unplugged” by Trouble

Artist: Trouble
Title: “Unplugged”
Label: Trouble, Inc.
Release Date: 2008
Genre: Acoustic Doom
Rating: 3.5/5

Fans of the legendary Doom Metal band Trouble will really enjoy some of the latest releases that come to us from under the bands own power and the first of these would be their “Unplugged” release. The thirty minute collection of six songs brings you to a different side of the Doom band’s sound because while acoustic in design there is still a trademark bit of darkness apparent on the album. It’s not often that one hears a crushing Doom outfit doing their thing with acoustic guitar, piano and minimal drums but yet Trouble manages to make this work out very well. They start out with a new number called “7:00am” which is a pleasant track that has a smooth groove to it. Singer Eric Wagner’s signature voice works well within this context of singing and he keeps it very mellow and understated for much of the album. “Rain” sounded excellent and was quite the somber track that while playing the listener can almost envision a slow and steady storm taking place during as the band performs. Drummer Jeff Olson delivers some tasty piano during this one as well and it is perhaps my second favorite from the CD. “Smile” was another new one and this was very upbeat and perhaps just a little too much so considering we are dealing with a Doom band but in the end it worked out well for them and shows that not all things need to be dismal. “Flowers” and “Requiem” are more acoustic re-workings of their older tracks as is the CD’s closing tune and while I liked them, I had to say that this was the one I was the most curious about. “Misery” is rather interesting when being done in this fashion and while slightly mellower than the original it still packs quite the punch. Trouble acolytes will remember this one as being called “The Misery Shows” on the album that was simply titled “Trouble”. Hopefully you readers have that one in your collection somewhere as over the years it has proven to be very difficult to find.

The Trouble of 2008 no longer features Eric Wagner or Jeff Olson and now works with new members so this is a nice way to close the chapter on that lineup and prepare for what is to come. I think we are going to be in good hands with guitarists Rick Wartel and Bruce Franklin still on point for the bands future. It’s definitely something that is worth adding to your library or loading up onto your music player and will be an album you listen to more than once. Since the band is releasing this independently, the fans should know that when this is purchased the money is going back into the bands pocket and not some gigantic corporation.

Track Listing:
1. 7:00am
2. Rain
3. Flowers
4. Requiem
5. Smile
6. Misery

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