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Beneath This Burning Shoreline CD
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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.
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Top Customer Reviews
"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.
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.
Will hopefully try and catch them live at some point.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Barberini Square! And what a voice. A work of lyricism and poetry. For my ears not quite "Thirst for Romance" (his previous album), but then, what is?Published 7 months ago
Had this CD given to me years ago and it languished unheard since then, lost in the alphabetically correct world which is my CD collection (how old fashioned!). Read morePublished 11 months ago by Gryff
Bought this as a present for my boyfriend as he loves Cherry Ghost. Incredible album.Published 20 months ago by Emma Barlow
Great album. Cherry Ghost fan and this album did not disappoint. Highly reccomend listening to all of Cherry Ghosts music.Published 22 months ago by Ben
Absolutely adore Cherry Ghost and this offering gets 5 stars off me for Kissing Strangers alone because this is quite simply one of the best tracks I have heard for many a year. Read morePublished on 23 July 2014 by Ian Murray
A very good album , I enjoyed the first and hope there will be more to follow. A gift for my husbandPublished on 6 Mar. 2014 by C. S. I. Hargreaves