In 2014 Status Quo released an acoustic album – “Aquostic: Stripped bare”. It was a bit of a shock to suddenly hear the classic songs we know and love being done acoustically, but like many fans, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Clearly plenty of other fans enjoyed it too as Quo are back with a second acoustic album – “Aquostic II – That’s a fact”. It comes at a time when Status Quo are due to start their final electric tour soon (albeit without Rick Parfitt due to his health), so we could be seeing the end of Quo, or just a new chapter as they slow things down – only time will tell what we can expect from them.
There’s a good selection of songs with early songs such as “Ice in the sun” sitting alongside 80s songs such as “In the army now” and more recent songs such as 2005’s “Belavista man”.
As well as the band playing acoustically there are strings used, for instance in “Hold you back” to add an extra element to the music. It works really well as does the whole thing. The songs have been well chosen – often acoustic albums can feel quite repetitive and a little dull after you’ve listened to them a couple of times, but this album avoids that problem. It certainly helps that so many of the songs are well loved classics, but they’ve arranged them brilliantly so they still sound great and there’s enough variation between songs to help keep interest levels high.
Another great acoustic album from Status Quo. A must for all Quo fans.
1. That’s A Fact
2. Roll Over Lay Down
3. Dear John
4. In the Army Now
5. Hold You Back
6. One For The Road
8. One Of Everything
9. Belavista Man
10. Lover Of The Human Race
11. Ice In The Sun
12. Mess Of The Blues
13. Jam Side Down
16. Little Dreamer
17. Living On an Island
18. Is Someone Rocking Your Heart?
19. Rockers Rollin’
Disc: 2 (Deluxe edition)
1. And It’s Better Now (Live in Stuttgart)
2. Pictures Of Matchstick Men (Live in Stuttgart)
3. Don’t Drive My Car (Live in Stuttgart)
4. Claudie (Live in Stuttgart)
5. Whatever You Want (Live in Stuttgart)
6. Rocking All Over The World (Live in Stuttgart)