This is a different and interesting release from Pain of Salvation. 12:5 is an acoustic release with a difference; the band reworks their material for an acoustic presentation, rather than just 'unplugging' and playing the songs straight. Beginning and ending the album are medleys of about five songs called 'Brickwork' parts 1 and 2, where the songs flow perfectly into each other. Sandwiched between the Brickwork parts are six complete tracks from various albums. The best song on the disc is the rendition of 'Ashes' which is played in a major key. Pain of Salvation display a mastery of their own material by 'going acoustic', and the songs are different enough from their originals, and solid in their own right, to merit a 4 from me.