Status Quo - Aquostic II: That’s A Fact! album review

Status Quo reprise a winning formula on their latest chronological acoustic follow up

Album art for Status Quo's Aquostic II

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As the band’s live era comes to an end, the majesty of Quo is still allowed to continue in a format it’s hard to believe the band – or rather the core duo of Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt – hadn’t tried decades ago.

The Aquostic album saw them performing their back catalogue with a minimal line-up featuring accordions and backing vocals, and it worked brilliantly, highlighting Quo’s rootsier side (and Rossi’s odd knack of writing folky boogie songs).

Now they return with a very literal and almost chronological follow-up. The results are just as effective, and a continuity is established between newer songs like Jam Side Down with old chaps like Roll Over Lay Down. The results are never less than delightful to the ear.

David Quantick

David Quantick is an English novelist, comedy writer and critic, who has worked as a journalist and screenwriter. A former staff writer for the music magazine NME, his writing credits have included On the HourBlue JamTV Burp and Veep; for the latter of these he won an Emmy in 2015.