Having been a big fan of Theo Keating from the early days of DJ Touche and spending many a grimey night giving it portions to him and his more recent alias as Fake Blood I was pretty excited when he paired up with Simon Lord to present the Black Ghosts. The Mixtape of 2008 was slightly different to theo's sets and succesfully fused electronic music with a high tempo, an occasional pop melody and the trademark dark influence haunting the tracks.
Therefore I snapped up there new release 'When animals stare' when it was released, especially after reading a review in Mixmag, which called it "beyond brilliant" and the review posted before this one, which I must admit does sound like it was written by Simon Lord himself with a little assistance from Stephen Fry! After listening the first time these reviews distinctly reminded me of when a two year old child does a painting and a group of so-called art expert critics lavish misplaced praise upon the genius of the creator. After a couple of listens some of the songs are a little catchy and the beats are ok but I just cannot look through the pimarily cheesy and annoying vocals that are totally irrelevelant and far from genius. Every track is centered around these vocals, which include lines such as "dead computers dancing in the rain", "insulin instint memory beer bottle" and "Love peace suicide pizza". Absolute nonsense. Although Lord does admittedly have a good voice, they totally ruin the tracks and as if you need to be reminded by the absurdity of these lyrics they have printed them on the inside cover!
I very rarely write reviews (as you maybe able to tell!) and I would not place my musical opinions higher than those of Mixmag but am just letting people know that if you are fan of their previous work you will most probably not enjoy this pretentious new offering. Seems to me as instead of pushing new boundaries and harnessing the obvious talent these guys share, they are creatively going backwards.