MTV Unplugged: Live In Melbourne debuts at #5 on ARIA album chart

Gang of Youths is back on the Australian album chart. MTV Unplugged Live In Melbourne has debuted at No. 5 — the highest debut album this week.

That keeps the band’s streak alive — all four of their albums have reached at least the top five on the ARIA album chart.

The A Star Is Born soundtrack is #1 for the second straight week, and the Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack is at #2. See the full chart on the ARIA web site.

Reviews of MTV Unplugged: Live in Melbourne

We’ll collect reviews of the album here as we find them:

MTV Unplugged is an acoustic show of their best songs off their latest album. Although the stripped back version lacks loud guitars, there are so many complimentary components throughout the set.

Taylor Furby at The Creative Issue

The album includes intimate pre-song moments like Le’aupepe’s touching introduction to and performance of Persevere, which he did alone on-stage at his piano – a sombre, beautiful moment of unadulterated reflection. Still Unbeaten Life from 2016’s Let Me Be Clear EP may seem an obscure for a closing track given the band’s glittering back catalogue, but it was a stirring choice, closing the set full of kindness and hope.

Tim Lambert at Stack

By no means is their Unplugged performance disappointing; it just doesn’t live up to the highs that I know the band are capable of in not only a studio setting, but also a full live show experience.

Dylan Marshall at The AU Review

Moments of pain and trauma can be heard all throughout this album, as can moments of bliss and a sense of self. The talent of Le’aupepe, Malani, Kim, Max Dunn, and Donnie Borzestowski is unfathomable. Nothing can match this. I’m calling it. Gang of Youths are a perfect band.

Nathan Gunn at Beat Magazine

Say Yes To Life tour kicks off in Melbourne

GOY launched the Say Yes To Life tour Sunday night in Melbourne, playing the first of seven shows at The Forum. has the show clocking in at 16 songs, the first seven of which were the first seven tracks from Go Farther In Lightness played in order.

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Gloria Brancatisano reviewed the gig for Beat Magazine:

While Le’aupepe remains the focal point of the performance – whether he’s shredding on his guitar, strutting around the stage, or stood still showcasing his incredible vocals – it would be a disservice to the rest of the band not to mention just how tight they are. Every moment is on point, every peak perfectly timed, and every lull filled with enough room to breathe.