The Reasoning – “Acoustically Speaking” (2010)


Label : Comet Music

Review by Luisa Mercier

As the title may suggest, in this record The Reasoning turn their old songs in acoustic pieces, very atmospheric and sometimes even more beautiful than the original ones. Deprived of their prog structure, the songs have to stand alone and they succed. This means a very high quality of the original compositions. Listen for example “In the Future” from their 2008 “Dark Angel”, it has a warm sound and sometimes it seems even richer, especially in the instrumental breaks. I have to say that the songs are not completely stripped down, there are still drums, bass guitar, keyboards but obviously the guitars are not distorted. The harp in the beginning of “Script Switch Trigger” is just lovely and lends to the track a fairy-ish atmosphere together with delicate Rachel‘s vocals. Sometimes she duets with another male vocalist, the one she replaces in the previous album and the two are perfectly complementary. Enchanting is “The Nobody Effect” which has become a very nice ballad retaining the uplifting feeling in the chorus. The closing track “Within Cold Glass” has a nice folk-rock feeling to it which has been unveiled by the acoustic arrangement.

Rating – 80/100



  1. The Thirteenth Hour
  2. In the Future
  3. Script Switch Trigger
  4. Aching Hunger
  5. Dark Angel
  6. The Nobody Effect
  7. Sacred Shape
  8. Within Cold Glass
  9. A Musing Dream


Line Up

  • Rachel Cohen – Vocals, Percussion
  • Owain Roberts – Guitars
  • Tony Turrell – Keyboards, Vocals
  • Matthew Cohen – Bass, Backing Vocals
  • Jake Bradford-Sharp – Drums, Backing Vocals



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