November 29, 2010

"Bare Bones" CD: Review and Giveaway

I always enjoy hearing an artist do a stripped down version of his or her work. Some of my favorite CDs are unplugged compilations, so I was quite excited to review the new Bare Bones CD from Bryan Adams.
Adams says Bare Bones is inspired by his 1996 MTV Unplugged album. After that experience, he wanted to pare it down even more and just use a guitar and his voice. While on tour singing acoustic versions of his hits, he had so many requests for those arrangements that he decided to record a few shows.
I think you have to be a fan of Bryan Adams to truly appreciate this album. I'm a fan, so this wasn't a problem. You'll find all his biggest hits on here, including"Cuts Like a Knife," "Summer of '69," and "(Everything I Do) I Do it For You." It was really fun to hear his acoustic version of all these songs. He relies only on his guitar, a harmonica and a piano.
I will admit, I'm not a huge fan of "concert" albums. I want to enjoy the music. I don't want to hear fans screaming in the background or singing along. Fortunately, the concert setting doesn't take away from the overall experience of this album. Besides, I think some of the "rawness" of this album would have been taken away if Adams had recorded this in a studio, rather than during a performance.
Want to hear this album for yourself? Decca Records is giving a copy to one lucky Buried in Laundry reader. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents. The deadline to enter is 9 am MST Friday Dec. 3, 2010. To enter you must have a valid email address. The winner will have 48 hours after notification to provide me with a mailing address or a new winner will be chosen. 
To enter (this step is mandatory) leave me a comment telling me what artist you would like to hear do an acoustic version of his or her work.
For additional entries: (leave a separate comment for each entry)
  • Become a follower of Buried in Laundry (or leave a comment if you already are a follower)
  • Blog about this giveaway and link back to this post
Again, please remember to leave an email address in your comment.
Disclosure: While no monetary compensation was given for this post, Decca Records provided me with a complimentary copy of Bare Bones and is providing a copy of the album for the winner.


MaryAnne said...

I'm a huge fan of acoustic recordings and I like Bryan Adams, so I'd love to win this recording!

I would enjoy more acoustic Sting - I have an unplugged CD of his with four songs on it, and I really like it. Honestly, I think any (talented) artist is better acoustic - I'm not a big recording sound effects person.

MaryAnne said...

I follow you =)

Mrs. Werginz said...

I stalk...I mean follow you!

Mrs. Werginz said...

I would like to hear Chicago "unplugged"!

Mrs. Werginz said...

I blogged about it on my give-a-way page!

Angela said...

Michael McDonald!!! And a list of others!

Angela said...

I follow you!

Marcia (123 blog) said...

I came over from Sadia's blog.

And oh my word, I love the concert sound and unplugged - LOVE LOVE LOVE.

I just love "raw" and imperfect.

I'd love to hear Bryan, Sting, Rod Stewart (all the great voices) and also Chicago and Billy Joel. Mmmmm :)

mmunford2000 said...

I would love to hear Billy Joel!

MandyE (Twin Trials and Triumphs) said...

So I've been thinking about who I'd like to see unplugged. I own quite a few "unplugged" albums. My friends used to make all sorts of fun of me for buying so many CDs at Starbucks! :) I'd have to say Bon Jovi...I feel like my musical tastes have matured since middle school, but JBJ endures in my book.

MandyE (Twin Trials and Triumphs) said...

I follow your blog! (And thanks for hosting this give-away!)

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