Unplugged: Live From Sugarhill Studios
Rat Pak Records, 2013
Some people say “unplugged” albums are hit-or-miss, but Lynch Mob proves that statement wrong with Unplugged: Live From Sugarhill Studios. There is nothing earth-shattering about this EP at all, but at the same time there is nothing wrong with it either (other than its brevity).
With only four songs, it is difficult to get into the groove before it’s over. Three songs come from the band’s 1990 debut album Wicked Sensation, while one from 2009’s Smoke & Mirrors is given the acoustic treatment. The songs are arranged and performed well for the most part; singer Oni Logan does go a little over-the-top in his delivery at times, but George Lynch’s guitar mastery balances it out. Veteran musicians Robbie Crane (bass), Brian Tichy (drums), and Tyson Sheth (percussion) provide a solid backdrop to the superstar guitarist and his vocalist.
There are few complaints that can be lodged against this release. With two full releases and the excellent Sound Mountan Sessions EP from 2012, the song selection could have been widened. Given the short set, however, these songs were well-chosen and wonderfully lent themselves to acoustic renditions. Don’t let the 34-minute runtime fool you on this release; 14 minutes are dedicated to an interview with the band, so you really only get 20 minutes worth of music.
Despite the conciseness of the disc, George Lynch fans will be pleased with Unplugged: Live From Sugarhill Studios.
Watch the video for “River of Love” below:
1. River of Love
2. Where Do You Sleep At Night
3. All I Want
4. Wicked Sensation
5. Bonus Interview Track