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  • Audio CD (7 July 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Southern Fried Records
  • ASIN: B0018F0JD4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 184,467 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Some Way Through This
2. Anyway You Choose To Give It
3. It's Your Touch
4. Repetition Kills You
5. Until It Comes Again
6. I Want Nothing
7. Full Moon
8. I Don't Know
9. Something New
10. Don't Cry
11. Face

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BBC Review

It doesn't immediately make sense that the dancefloor is a good place to work out those darker impulses, but for all the emphasis on chemically-induced euphoria - or in a funny way, perhaps, because of it - UK dance culture has always found a place for artful gloom. From Sabres Of Paradise's Haunted Dancehall to the hollowed-out trudge of modern dubstep, the space between the bar and the bass-bins can sometimes be a pretty downbeat place.

New to these parts are The Black Ghosts, a duo comprised of Simon Lord, previously of pastoral shamblers Simian, and Theo Keating, who scored a UK hit with Ooh La La as part of the Wiseguys in 1999. As such a mixed provenance might suggest, The Black Ghosts cast their net pretty wide. Present on their debut is the tense ballroom bounce of The Specials, gloomy goth dancefloor fillers from The Cure to the Sisters Of Mercy, and a soulful, melancholy electro-pop edge that suggests Hot Chip at their most downbeat, or the Human League fallen on hard times. All are bound together with a very 2008 production that blurs the lines between the shuffle of a live band and synthesised dance stomp.

At times, it works neatly, mostly when the pair choose to explore the outer reaches of their record collection. It's Your Touch is a disarmingly tender number that uses the duo's slight, soulful harmonies to sweet effect, while Full Moon harks back to Lord's previous work in Simian, a pretty lament of chiming guitars, sad strings and acid bleeps that remembers Fleetwood Mac. Elsewhere, though, The Black Ghosts' synthesis comes off less successfully: the energetically gauche Any Way You Choose To Live is a lumpy blend of rave and clod-hopping rock not dissimilar to 90s dance pop monkeys Jesus Jones. And needless to say, that particular similarity is not an overly positive thing. --Louis Pattison

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Samantha Jayne on 18 Mar. 2009
Format: Audio CD
I'll admit I first heard TBG on the Twilight album with their track Full Moon (Which is on this album)

I saw this in HMV and thought I'd buy it to see if their other tracks were just as good as Full moon. I was so right. It's a great album. Love the first track Some Way Through This and it went striaght onto my MP3. Certainly reconmend this album, worth the money ;)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Pemberton on 29 Aug. 2011
Format: Audio CD
This is one of the best albums I've bought in a long time. All the songs are sing along. If you're on the fence about buying this - definitely do!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Penny crayon on 14 Jan. 2011
Format: Audio CD
If it was not for Twilight I would still be waiting to hear about these guys. Such a great listen start to finish
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I really love the track Full Moon, and after listening to a couple of other tracks I bought the album. I wish I hadn't! It's like going back to 80's disco music! Not at all what I was expecting. Ah well, back to Bon Iver.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 2 Nov. 2010
Format: Audio CD
I too bought this cd as an import having been very impressed with the Black Ghosts track on the Twilight cd - I figured it might be folksy and like the Fleetfoxes - alas not, Full Moon is the only track that sounds remotely like that... I'm inclined to sell it on...
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