Acoustic Black – In a Different Light

Album Review | Hicktown Records | Review by Allan Wilkinson | Stars: 3/5

Based in Germany, Acoustic Black is an acoustic three-piece rock band, made up of Franz Haas on guitar, Stefan Reiter on drums and and Jacob Hauk on bass. With a couple of EPs already under their belt, In a Different Light is the band’s debut full length album, made up eleven original songs, each delivered with an assured confidence. Based in Freilassing in the south eastern corner of Bavaria, the trio have consolidated their tight sound after the departure of fourth member Nico Preussner three years ago.

The reggae-tinged opener “Destiny Ride” is a pretty good indication as to what Acoustic Back is all about. With a vocal reminiscent of Eddie Vedder, the overall sound does lean towards 1990s grungy alternative pop, but manages to avoid cliches, notably the radio friendly “Feel So Free”, which I can imagine as the band’s next single. In one or two places the band appear to over stretch themselves, “Crazy Love” for instance, which sounds a little cluttered, but on the whole, an enjoyable ride.