Sjak : The acoustic live album ‘Defrosted’ of the Swiss band Gotthard already dated from the year 1997 and clearly showed that great songs effortlessly stay upright in an acoustic setting. Now, about twenty-one years later the second part, very appropriately entitled ‘Defrosted 2’, has seen the light of day which features twenty-two live tracks that were recorded during the ‘Defrosted’ tour in March of this year. The majority of the material that is to be found on these two discs is coming from the albums on which singer Nic Maeder is featured and I must say that from a vocal perspective he’s doing a great job. During the somewhat older Gotthard tunes like ‘Mountain Mama’, ‘Heaven’ and ‘Anytime Anywhere’ I surely do miss the much too early deceased singer Steve Lee, but it has to be said that also here Nic is providing a good vocal contribution.
Next to the twenty-two live tracks there’s also a new studio song placed on the album, being the in collaboration with Status Quo frontman Francis Rossi written ‘Bye Bye Caroline’, which will be released as the first single. In all honesty I have to say that I’m not too impressed by this song and I hope that Gotthard will be capable of writing stronger material for their in the future to be released new stuff. The acoustic version of the ballad ‘What I Wouldn’t Give’ is much more to my liking and this track therefore is a fine closing of quite a well-succeeded acoustic live performance. I do certainly realise that not everybody will be waiting for two discs full of acoustic material, but the true fans will definitely be able to enjoy themselves with this.