Unplugged

by Black Lab

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black lab’s first acoustic album features unplugged versions of 13 black lab favorites as well as 3 new songs.the band broke each song down into pieces and then built it back again using piano, acoustic guitar, cello, hand percussion, trap kit and — lots of space. space to hear the vocals, the emphasis on a word, the hammer on piano wires, the pick missing a string, the bow across the cello, a breath caught in the throat. space is the secret ingredient on unplugged. it accumulates and dissolves, building a momentum of its own. it pulls the listener in, lowers defenses, and lets each song cut that much deeper.
focused on the song and what minimal embellishment would best serve it, Paul and Andy drilled down to the core of each one and gave it new life, bringing the acoustic versions they play in clubs directly to the listener.
the band considered how to do an acoustic album for several years. inspired by the classic performances on ‘mtv’s unplugged’ by nirvana, unledded and jay-z, it became clear that the songs required a fuller sound than just the two of them playing live. with unplugged, everything that lies between the listener and the song gets stripped away, while maintaining the dynamics that each song has built into its dna. in many cases this meant andy stepping up to the piano to distill a whole electric arrangement into a single acoustic performance — with paul wailing away on the other side of the studio glass.
unplugged is 16 tracks of goodness, an album full of your favorite songs –and a chance to experience them as if you’ve never heard them before. it’s the best of black lab, genre-free — now your friends and family can share in your black lab fetish without all those loud (or not-loud-enough) guitars.

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released November 29, 2011

Paul Durham: songs, vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion, programming.
Andy Ellis: songs, piano, guitars, programming, backing vocals

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Black Lab Los Angeles, California

Paul Durham started the alt.pop.rock band Black Lab in 1997 and released its critically acclaimed debut on Geffen Records. Following a national tour and two charting singles, the band signed with Epic Records in 2000. Songs by the band litter film, TV and commercials, including Spider-Man, “House M.D.", “Pretty Little Liars,” Can’t Hardly Wait, Permanent Midnight, “Buffy,” and “The Shield.” ... more

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