Five Ghosts Audio CD
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of fine albums stretching back behind them to their 2001 debut 'Nightsongs'.
They have always been musicians of imagination and vision. Melody and
emotion have rarely been such comfortable bedfellows, not least because
of the magic which Amy Millan and Torquil Campbell weave together with
their fine voices.
There are eleven tracks on their new release and the title is in many ways apt.
This is haunting music. With quiet footsteps it finds its way into your heart
and just won't go away (not that one would ever want it to!) There are some
truly lovely tunes in evidence here. Within a short while you find yourself
humming or singing along despite yourself.
Opening track 'Dead Hearts' is a dialogue of questions and answers
between Mr Campbell and Ms Millan whose simple folksy charm is given
greater substance through the delightful vocal harmonies and warmth
of the consummately crafted instrumental arrangement. Enchanting!
It's the balance between thematic simplicity, textural complexity and the
ability to tell a good tale which gives the band its unique and beguiling sound.
'I Died So I Could Haunt You' is a moving little three minute drama which leaves
powerful emotional ripples in its wake. A model of compositional economy.
'He Dreams He's Awake' begins as a slow-moving dirge which finds Mr Campbell
struggling to put one foot in front of the other. The claustrophobic atmosphere
wraps around him and us like a dense grey fog . Suffocating and strange.
In contrast 'Changes' is a reassuringly pretty tune delivered with charming
dead-pan poise by a sultry Ms Millan. Were it not for the uneasy shifting
minor key chords deep down in the mix it might almost be a pop song.
'How Much More' is almost frisky compared with all that we have heard so-far.
(For a couple of wayward moments Blondie came to mind!) I caught Mrs Wolf
dancing to it in the kitchen when she didn't think I was looking!
Now that the days are becoming noticeably shorter final track 'Winter
Bones' seems an entirely apt ending to this dark but captivating project.
'The Five Ghosts' may well be the ideal soundtrack to the cold,
wet and windy months ahead. Brrrrrr!
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This is a bizarre, morbid little album with haunting lyrics in songs like Dead Hearts and I Died So I Could Haunt You. And sometimes the music is equally eerie. I love the charm of the lead male and female vocalists - but sometimes the music sounded a bit loud and over powering.
My favorite tune has to be #7 - Changes. I can listen to it over and over again and I never get tired of it. The lyric and vocal really shine through here.
Since I'm not familiar with the group before this album, I can only suggest this to newcomers looking for something different, but I definitely plan to search out some of the group's older stuff now.
I've deeply enjoyed this band for many years now and I feel this is probably their best album yet - but that's not to say there aren't any flaws with it.
My biggest dislike from this album probably comes from the obvious influence of the supernatural. Not that it hampers the songs any and you can honestly coin up the references to mere metaphors. Another thing most people will have issues getting over about them is the production value - for those more used top 40 music, this music will almost be hard to swallow. .
It sounds almost as if it was born in the 80s and 90s. Personally, the focus on strong vocals and delicate instrumentation is what made me fall in love with Stars, however I can understand that some people would find it off-putting.
Ultimately, this is one of my favorite albums and I recommend it to anyone to just "give it a try".
But after some excellent experiences with "Set Yourself On Fire", I decided to give "Five Ghosts" another go, setting it on repeat for an hour or two. The first listen was rocky but after that I started to hear the beauty of the lyrics, the melodies and instrumentation. I began to wonder who the "Five Ghosts" were and listened a few more times, trying not to directly dissect or analyze the lyrics. The more I listened, the more I enjoyed it. Every time the album is wrapping up, I'm ready to move onto something else until Dead Hearts kicks in and then I find myself itching for another ride.
There's a story going on here and I still don't quite know what it is. I'm hesitant to dredge up the lyrics online for analysis, preferring to listen through in search of the connections between the songs. But either way, this album has catapulted to the top of my lists, vaulting right over the very excellent "Set Yourself On Fire".
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