The Twilight Sad rework familiar tunes on ‘Oran Mor Session’

The Twilight Sad‘Oran Mor Session’
The Twilight Sad (FatCat)
3.5 stars out of 5

I became a fan of Scottish indie outfit The Twilisght Sad in 2007 with the release of their “Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters” debut album. Though they’ve never managed to top that initial recording — 2009’s “Forget the Night Ahead” and last year’s “Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave” come close — the James Graham-fronted outfit remain one of the most distinctive bands around.

The Twilight Sad CDLatest project “Oran Mor Session” finds The Twilight Sad delivering stripped-down versions of most of the tunes from “Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave,” plus a cover of Arthur Russell’s “I Couldn’t Say It to Your Face.” This isn’t anything new for lads, whose 2008 EP “Here, It Never Snowed. Afterwards It Did” featured acoustic versions of tunes from their masterful debut.

The results are good on “Oran More Session, if not quite great. The new versions of “Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave,” “Last January,” “Pills I Swallow” and “Drown So I Can Watch” may well exceed the originals, but I wasn’t crazy about these renditions of “I Could Give You All That You Don’t Want” and “Leave the House.” Fans of The Twilight should get a kick out of this nine-track release. (Jeffrey Sisk)

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