Seether, One Cold Night

After three albums of brooding post-grunge rock, Seether throws a curve ball by releasing a live unplugged album that will instantly be compared to their obvious influence, Nirvana. Like Nirvana, Seether's songs translate perfectly into acoustic rock. On One Cold Night , the whole band is in top form, particularly Shaun Morgan's intense vocals, which add to the intimate and somber vibe of the show. And to keep their millions of angst-ridden fans happy, Seether stick to their formula of playing every song at a lulling mid-tempo pace, just to give it that extra shot of gloom. Okay, I'm being fatuous because Cold Night is a solid live album. Opening with the driving, "Gasoline," Seether deliver hit after hit, including a slow version of Pearl Jam's "Immortality," the anti-ballad "Tied My Hands," an alternative mix of current single "The Gift" and the optimistic "Fine Again." My favourite, and I think, strongest rendition on the album is the insanely popular "Broken," which was a duet with Goth rockers Evanescence. To me the duet version felt over-produced and distant, but here on Cold Night , with solo vocals and bare instrumentation, the song achingly soars. Cold Night also comes with an extensive DVD featuring the entire concert performance (which fans will drool over), an in-depth interview, "The Gift" video and a behind the scenes look into the making of that video. Overall, Cold Night will hold over fans until their next proper release, but it's also the perfect introduction to those unaware of Seether's hard rock antics. (Wind-Up Records) Rating: 3 Out Of 5 Stars

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