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  • Audio CD (5 July 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Heavenly
  • ASIN: B003N9XG4W
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,434 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. We Sleep On Stones
2. A Month Of Mornings
3. Conquered Part 1
4. Kissing Strangers
5. Only A Mother
6. The Night They Buried Sadie Clay
7. My God Betrays
8. Barberini Square
9. Conquered Part 2
10. Black Fang
11. Luddite
12. Diamond In The Grind
13. Strays

BBC Review

Following a brief hiatus after 2007's critically acclaimed debut Thirst for Romance, Cherry Ghost's second album is an even stronger calling card for those yet to be introduced to their brooding take on country/folk-tinged rock. With help from Doves and Massive Attack producer Dan Austin, Beneath This Burning Shoreline presents an even greater canvas. Dispelling the sense that Cherry Ghost is simply a vehicle for singer/songwriter Simon Aldred, this feels like a full-band effort with intimate arrangements of epic songs.

The imaginative song titles may deter listeners preferring albums to not read like sonnets, but they manage to be clever without ever alienating the listener. Despite hope and light occasionally shining through, there is a pervading darkness, particularly on songs like The Night They Buried Sadie Clay, which is jaw-dropping: a funeral march of mariachi strings, gentle brass and a country twang, although a phone call from Nick Cave regarding the title feels imminent. Not that Aldred shares our adopted-Australian's timbre; instead, his soulful croon is hard to place, with shades of Morrissey and Ed Harcourt, but also with an intention of its own.

Cherry Ghost's label, Heavenly, is an established stamp of quality, and because their signings have grown less frequent, it is always worth eyeing up new signees. This is particularly true of those that have been allowed time to develop, a trajectory Cherry Ghost share with Fiction Record's Elbow. Opener We Sleep on Stones–a haunting murder ballad (is that the phone again?)–is more melodic than expected, while the astonishing fluidity of A Month of Mornings is reminiscent of Coldplay's Don't Panic... had it been written in the dark, by Frank Sinatra. In such ambitious company Black Fang falls flat, a rare occasion of the band trying too hard, but the playlist-baiting Luddite rings of Doves' more pounding moments and, even more sweetly, The Waterboys, as does the liberal declaration of lead single Kissing Strangers.

Although the word classic is heavily overused in reviews, there is a true class to these stately, story-boarded songs. Cherry Ghost have perfectly picked up on the ambition of their debut and this new set points to, if not bright, then stately places ahead.

--Tom Hocknell

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I bought Cherry Ghosts first album, A Thirst For Romance back in November 2007 and although I thought the singles Mathematics and People Help The People were great it took me a few plays to fully appreciate the album. Once I did, the album was on constant repeat. The tracks had a slight tinge of country to them and although the lyrics were sometimes quite dark, it also had a certain warmth about it and the songs were uplifting and euphoric.

"Beneath This Burning Shoreline" is not exactly the same as the last album and I would be dissapointed if it was as this would show that they had become stale. However, they have returned with a more experienced and mature feel about them that shows a band that has great focus on there own sound. Yes, there are the odd one or two tracks that will clearly be singles and yes there are the tracks that need to be played several times for you to click with, but this only adds to the slow burner appeal of what is a fantastic album. Once the tracks have been aired a few times they become another set of essential listening.

In other words.....If you fell for their first album then you won't be disappointed as with many other awkward 2nd album releases.

They're playing live around October and I can't wait to see them for the first time.
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The brainchild of Boltonian Simon Aldred, Cherry Ghost return with "Beneath This Burning Shoreline", the follow up to their superb debut release "Thirst For Romance".

From the opening Johnny Cash-esque beats of "We Sleep On Stones", you know it is going to be an epic, soaring record and the band don't disappoint. In much the same way as 2007's "Thirst For Romance", there is a mixture of styles here and the high quality of the songwriting is what really stands out. Aldred won an Ivor Novello for the 2007 song "People Help The People" and tracks such as "Luddite" and "The Night They Buried Sadie Clay" will only further enhance his reputation.

Whilst we had to wait until the end of "Thirst For Romance" for the majestic, melodic anthem "Mathematics", the highlight of "Beneath This Burning Shoreline" is track 4 - "Kissing Strangers". A atunningly beautiful song, it is destined to be one of the singles of 2010.

Beautifully crafted guitar albums are few and far between these days. However, in "Beneath This Burning Shoreline" you get a record stuffed full of brilliant, anthemic songs, superbly performed.

Highly recommended.
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Only just recently got into Cherry Ghost after seeing them support Doves in Bradford. Bought their 1st album the very next day and loved that and was eagerly awaiting the release of 'Beneath The Burning Shoreline'. I was not disappointed. It is an excellent album with numerous stand out tracks. 'We Sleep On Stones', 'A Month Of Mornings' and 'Kissing Strangers' being the highlights. Basically if you liked the 1st one, this one is just as good.

Will hopefully try and catch them live at some point.
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Of the Cherry Ghost albums, this one is possibly the most in depth of the lot. Really strong offering with the characteristic beautiful lyrics and stirring melodies. Straight out the game with "We sleep on stones", a really progressive track that keeps you hooked. And "Kissing strangers" is a really light and flourish-filled track. And "My God betrays" is possibly the stand out. Really hard song, but has to be heard.
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Searching Amazon for other bands, up popped this album with an intriguing review. Bought it entirely on spec - then just had to buy the first album as well. I have no idea what type of music it is supposed to be, if it is good, bad, in or out of fashion, something for the under 10s or the over 75s. All I know is that I cannot stop listening to Cherry Ghost's music and love the driving drums of Sleep on Stones as much as the beautiful melody of Mathematics and all of the variation in between. Sometimes dark, sometimes happy, sometimes wistful - buy this and enjoy. Check out the videos on UTube to kick start a new habit.
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3 years after the debut album Thirst for Romance comes this hotly anticipated 2nd album.

Beneath this Burning Shoreline offers a variety of different influences whether it be in the lyrics, tunes, instruments used etc as they broaden and experiment away from the successful and catch songs of their debut.

The album begins with a great opening through 'we sleep on stones' before moving onto track 4 the signature song 'kissing strangers' which again has to be admired for some more wonderful lyrics. Other highlights include 'Luddite' and 'Barberini Square'. This album represents an experimental result with 'Black Fang' a further example of this.

Although this album may have to grow on you more than their debut, it offers existing fans and newcomers to the band another welcoming mix of songs to embrace. It is a must to have this album and I strongly recommend a purchase.
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Second album from Simon Aldred, one of the very best lyricists in pop culture, and his band does not disappoint. From stand-out opener 'We Sleep On Stones' through essential single 'Kissing Strangers', the outstanding 'My God Betrays' to closer 'Strays At The Pond', there isn't a lot of fast-forward fodder, every track revealing subtle extra nuances on repeated listening, thanks to the brilliantly coherent production from regular collaborator Dan Austin.
My only reservation is that is doesn't move far enough away from the territory of the excellent debut album, some tracks sounding uncannily familiar.
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