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Unplugged by State Champs


So, State Champs released an unplugged EP aka an acoustic EP which has a mix of both new and old songs, and I don't know how I feel about it, I don't know how I feel about the entire concept let alone the EP which I haven't listened to yet (I no longer listen to music before I review it in order to be able to give my first impressions on it). I've heard a couple of the tracks they've released but I purposely didn't pay any attention to the last release as I wanted something to be new about the whole thing when it came to me reviewing it. 

So let's just jump straight into this! It's 6 tracks which is longer than most EP's but that's not a bad thing. Two of the tracks are acoustics of previously released songs, which means there are 4 new tracks. 

The EP opens with A Thousand Hearts, I like the lyrics and it's a beautiful track. I feel like it's going to take me a moment to process State Champs in an acoustic form because I'm listening and just expecting something to kick in, but that isn't the point of this EP. But Derek's voice is insane on this track! I think it's such a lovely, beautiful track. I actually quite like this track, I think it's beautiful and it's a song that I can see myself listening to a lot. I really fucking love this track, so we're off to a good start. I love the Sax as well! It's a lovely touch from Saxl Rose to be on this track, and I think it fits the whole unplugged vibe of the EP. 

Up next is The Recipe. The lyrics to this song are great! Which I say a lot, but it's important to me. I think I'm in love with this song, it's got me feeling emotions I wish to not feel. It's got me wanting to cry, it's got me feeling things, and I can find some comfort in this track. I really love this song, and again, Derek's vocals are great! I wasn't expecting to love it as much as I am doing, and I think it's great. This could be my favourite off the EP. 

Now we love onto 10am. This was one of the singles, but I avoided listening to it. I like it, but I don't know if I love it, but I'm not all the way through it. I think it's good, and it's beautiful. Lyrically this is a work of art! Fucking hell. The chorus is something else! It's not my favourite, but I love the lyrics. I think it's good. 

The last new song is Crying Out Loud, and I've loved this since it was released. I think this is an incredible track, and I love it. I think it's such a beautiful, emotional song. I have so much love for this track and I'd put it up there with some of the best on this album. Honestly, I think this is such a great song to feel emotions to. It's a good song to cry to in my opinion. 

The next two tracks are acoustic of songs from Living Proof, so I'll have less to say about them. 

Criminal is the fifth track, and yes, it's a nice version and it's beautiful. However, I struggle to get as much joy out of it as expected because I'm so used the song being a fast-paced, electric version that I don't love it as much as the original, but I expected that to be the case. It's nothing against State Champs, it's just that I know the song and it's hard to be in love with it as an acoustic version. 

The last track is Dead and Gone. Again, another track I know and love. I prefer the acoustic of Dead and Gone to Criminal, but in general, I prefer Dead and Gone to Criminal. I love them both, but Dead and Gone just has a bit of an edge to Criminal for me. I like it, but I don't love it, just because I know the song as a full electric version that makes me want to scream. 

Overall, I liked the EP more than I thought I would and it's good, and obviously, it's not a new concept for State Champs as they did The Acoustic Things previously, but I think I preferred The Acoustic Things to Unplugged. It's good, and I like it, but I'm not in love with it. It's definitely something I will reach for a lot, but maybe not the most. I'll give it a 4 out of 5 lemons! 

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