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  • Summary: The Scottish band re-recorded its 2014's release Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants to Leave acoustically at Glasgow's Oran Mor.
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  1. Oct 16, 2015
    80
    The real strength of the record comes in giving you that reason to come back to Nobody Wants To Be Here and Nobody Wants To Leave in a way that provides something new. If you loved that album, you’ll love this and probably prefer the original.
  2. 75
    “The Airport” and “Leaving the House” add piano to the partnership of Graham’s voice and MacFarlane’s guitar playing (he switches from a clean and quiet electric on tracks one to five, to an acoustic on six to eight), and the color it brings to both makes one wonder what it might have sounded like had it been included on the other songs as well. On the other hand, it’s a small revelation to discover how whole and affecting songs like “I Could Give You All That You Don’t Want” and “Drown So I Can Watch” can be with a few circulating quietly strummed chords and Graham’s austere and ecstatic declamations.
  3. Magnet
    Nov 17, 2015
    75
    The stark, live rendering at Oran Mor reveals the quiet beauty and strength these songs possessed all along. [No. 126, p.61]
  4. Oct 16, 2015
    70
    Organic, intimate and well worth adding to anyone's collection. Grab that jumper and enjoy.
  5. Nov 11, 2015
    60
    As so few acoustic instruments joined each song, placing them all together lends a flattened feel to the LP. That is not to say the songs are not worthy of several listens, Oran Mor Session displays Twilight Sad’s great lyricism and Graham’s impassioned voice.
  6. Q Magazine
    Oct 27, 2015
    60
    It strips away their epic rock to reveal something more direct and emotionally satisfying. [Dec 2015, p.115]
  7. Nov 9, 2015
    55
    The Òran Mór Session is for Twilight Sad completists only. If you loved the originals, you'll probably enjoy hearing them in a slightly different style. Just don't expect worlds to shake.

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