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GHOST OF DAVID

Damien Jurado Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (31 Aug 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • ASIN: B00004XSO0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 154,515 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Medication
2. Desert
3. Johnny Go Riding
4. Great Today
5. Tonight I Will Retire
6. Ghost Of David
7. Parking Lot
8. Rearveiw
9. Paxil
10. Walk With Me
11. December
12. Rosewood Casket
13. Ghost In The Snow

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"I have the potential to be great again" is the opening missive on "Great Today" the fourth track from Jurado's new album, and for anyone who managed to check in on his previous releases it comes as a welcome sentiment. While its predecessor Rehearsals for Departure saw Jurado offering up a buoyant resilience to the tales of longing and loss he captures in his urban folk songs, on The Ghost of David it is an altogether darker and moodier affair. The mood maybe more reflective, but the intricate home spun stories of lovers' deceit and broken lives remain, as does Jurado's ability to elevate the everyday with his delicate off-kilter delivery. "Tonight I Will Retire" captures him at his finest with loping piano coiling beneath his forlorn refrain, while the instrumental "Ghost in The Snow" sees him exploring new ground with piano and guitar slow waltzing around the room--the unanswered phone ringing in the background capturing all he has to say. It's proof positive that "folk" doesn't have to mean "dour", and it's the sound of Jurado being, well, great again. --Manish Aurora

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 3rd Time Lucky! 11 Sep 2007
Format:Audio CD
Having recently stumbled accross Damien J i strugled to decide which album to buy, all the reviews were good. Tried 'Where shall you take me', then '...shadow' liked them but purchased 'Ghost of David' in the end as well.

Ghost of David seems to capture certain feelings perfectly, while the other 2 albums i bought do this in places they still have the odd few tracks that i havnt fully sunk into yet. However this album seems to hit the spot straight away. Simple but with amazing emotional depth i know im going to keep coming back to this when most other bands are long past their sell by date.

Make the most of Damian Jurado, ive listened to alot of music over the years (im 33) and this is the only thing to really capture my attention in a long time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great today - and any day 18 Jan 2003
Format:Audio CD
The third album proper from Seattle resident Jurado, who has previously spellbound listeners with his albums 'Rehearsals For Departure' and 'Waters Ave S' is haunting, miserable and wholly wonderful.
The album starts as it means to go on with 'Medication'. A plea to God to end the life of a brother. It is an example of Jurado at his most tortured. Jurado whispers over a frail guitar, "Lord, do me a favour / It's wrong but I ask you / take me brother's life." It might just be the best song Jurado will ever write. He'll certainly have to go someway to topping it.
Elsewhere, Jurado treats us to not-so-cheery subject matter. 'Tonight I Will Retire' is the confession of someone on the verge of committing suicide. Meanwhile, 'December' is the tale of a man found frozen to death in his car. Not since Bruce Springsteen's 'Nebraska' has an artist written such affecting lyrics and music about such funereal subject matter.
Musically it's a more ambitious album that it's predecessor 'Rehearsals For Departure' (itself one of my favourite albums of all time). From the bizarre vibrating ruler effect at the beginning of 'Johnny Go Riding', to the muffled guitar of 'Great Today', it seems as though Jurado is trying to break free from the entirely acoustic affair that 'Rehearsals' offered. Jurado even gives us his best Sonic Youth impression on 'Paxil'.
It's certainly a contender for the most miserable album of recent years. That is no criticism, this is one of the most affecting albums I have ever heard. Everyone should be made aware of Jurado's awesome talents.
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5.0 out of 5 stars sparse and homely beauty 4 Dec 2000
Format:Audio CD
Throughout this album Damien Jurado appears to be making every effort to avoid being heard. When Sparklehorse do a similar thing the results are often utterly frustrating as good songs always seem to be going on just out of ears' reach. But here the stop-start vocals, shifting volumes, guest singers and down-right cheap recording equipment only serve to give the whole a sparse and homely beauty. These songs are so un-elaborate you almost feel like you're playing the instruments yourself.
They're miserable all right: 'Medication' is a plea to God to end the life of a brother who has lost his mind; 'Tonight I Will Retire' is the confession of one about to commit suicide; 'December' tells of a man who froze to death in a stranded car. But this clearly isn't a case of being miserable to be fashionable. Ghost of David is intensely personal introspection set to a simple, but stirring, background. And when Jurado does his vocal disappearing act he is replaced by perfectly positioned telephone conversation recordings, minimalist synthesiser codas and, at the end of it all, an unanswered telephone ringing one or two times longer than you would expect. Quiet genius.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fragile and haunting 23 Oct 2000
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Even a glance at the titles suggests that this cd will not be coming out for office party sing-alongs, unless you run a 12-step support group. What we have instead are plaintive songs imbued with a fragile beauty. While Britain offers a singer songwriter influenced by Springsteen, the glorified busking of Badly Drawn Boy, Damien Jurado takes the sparseness of "Nebraska" as a template. Jurado is "Larry Sanders" to Gough's "Terry & June".
Opening with the desperation of mental illness and broken relationships - "Medication", means that there is only one way to go, as nothing can quite match its quiet power. The following song "Desert" certainly lacks a lot in comparison. His version of the traditional song "Rosewood Casket" and the sub-Sonic Youth "Paxil" are the only other weak points. Otherwise this is a simple but strong collection which eschews big productions in favour of a more direct mood.
If you enjoy the introductions to Mogwai songs and the feel of Galaxie 500 you should give Damien Jurado a listen.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Haunting... 9 Dec 2000
By Rob Damm - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
"Rehersals for Departure" was merely a great album... "Ghost" is Jurado's masterpiece... it is sparer, stripped down to the bare bones. The songs are elliptical. They sound like they are 1000 years old. "Ghost in the snow" is spellbinding. "Tonight, I will retire" is the best thing he's ever written. The sound quality is remarkable. It seems the singer is in the room with you. Great, spooky late-night listening. For all fans of quiet music.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Haunting and beautiful 23 Oct 2000
By Marc Henrie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Even a glance at the titles suggests that this cd will not be coming out for office party sing-alongs, unless you run a 12-step support group. What we have instead are plaintive songs imbued with a fragile beauty. While Britain offers a singer songwriter influenced by Springsteen, the glorified busking of Badly Drawn Boy, Damien Jurado takes the sparseness of "Nebraska" as a template.
Opening with the desperation of mental illness and broken relationships - "Medication", means that there is only one way to go, as nothing can quite match its quiet power. The following song "Desert" certainly lacks a lot in comparison. His version of the traditional song "Rosewood Casket" and the sub-Sonic Youth "Paxil" are the only other weak points. Otherwise this is a simple but strong collection which eschews big productions in favour of a more direct mood.
If you enjoy the introductions to Mogwai songs and the feel of Galaxie 500 you should give Damien Jurado a listen.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Many concerns 13 July 2001
By David Snyder - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I first purchased and played this record when I was stricken with pneumonia and almost homeless, and it was just about perfect timing. Jurado here fulfills the promise of his earlier records, stripping away the (very well-done) jangle-folk-pop learnings and playing to his greatest strength: rustic, intimate, timeless confessional folk music. The characters on the brink of emotional collapse in the first part of the record fittingly give way to the hazy experimental confusion of the second. This is folk music as it was meant to be, harrowing, engaging and true.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars damien quietly blows all other music out of the water... 21 Jan 2003
By Burnbrightlystar - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I picked up my first Damien Jurado album in college after a certain boy put him on a mix tape for me...and you know what mix tapes can do to your heart....Anyway, Damien has a presence which will resonate in your mind long after you are done listening to him. He is eloquent, and soft, and sings from his gut...what more can you ask for? Every album he has ever made is worth buying, but Ghost of David is a great one to start with...and please take this on car trips with you,...I think that you will find yourself listening to it again and again trying to get more from each song.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As Real As it Gets 7 Jan 2004
By Andrew T. Hackett - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Damien Jurado has been one of my favorite artists since seeing him play bass and scream in Coolidge. I would never have guessed that this guy would go on to make the most beatiful folk music around. I have probably seen him play 20-25 times from when I lived in Seattle and was around when Pedro the Lion, Damien Jurado, Roadside Monument and other groups like that were playing little shows all of the time. He has never disappointed in his live shows.
Jordan Walton helped produced this album in his room and it is one my favorite albums of all time for its sound as well as the songs. It truly does feel like you are a part of the songs with the ultra-personal production. Great job. Jordan has also worked on Denison Witmer's "Of Joy and Sorrow" which is a pretty good album as well.
"Ghost of David" would certainly be in my top 5 albums because of the way that I am touched when I hear it. I am always moved by the album and I hope I continue to be until I die. Check out "Medication", "Johny Go Riding", "Ghost of David" and "Rosewood Casket". Rosie Thomas does some great vocals on this as she does in all of her other work.
Buy this album if you enjoy meditative music. It is as beautiful as music can be. Their is a feeling of brokeness that I find very comforting. Check it out. Thank God for Mr. Jurado!
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