So Far: The Acoustic Sessions
- reviewed by Christa Banister Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2008 1 Apr
- When You Love Someone
- We Can Work it Out
- Top of the World
- All I Need
- The Kingdom
- Let Your Light Shine
Music fans are persnickety when it comes to the old acoustic vs. electric debate. Just look at the stir created when artists like Bob Dylan, Caedmon's Call, and Bebo Norman tried to broaden their sound. Some embrace the variation, others noisily protest it.
Bethany Dillon's fans probably aren't as testy as the other Dylan's were, but there's still plenty of message board banter every time she releases a new album. Personally, I thought the lively musical experimentation on last year's
Favoring the stripped-down, girl-with-a-guitar style that originally endeared her to countless fans, there are moments where Dillon is in fine form on
Unfortunately, the unplugged approach doesn't sustain momentum over the course of
Not that there's anything wrong with simple, unadorned accompaniment. Many folk artists last their entire career with just an acoustic guitar, but they sustain interest with their musicality—a key change here, a tempo change there, or an inventive chord progression. A good acoustic album sharpens the songs through the arrangements.