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Non-enthusiasts, Don't Get Your Hopes Up
on 22 January 2016
I decided to purchase this EP after hearing the first track, a cover of Roky Erickson's "If You Have Ghosts", online. I was excited to see Ghost paying tribute to Roky, whose works I do admire. It's a very solid interpretation and definitely my favourite track this EP has to offer. The 2 tracks that follow (I'm a Marionette; Crucified) are not nearly as strong - I was immediately a bit disappointed and these tracks have not particularly grown on me. I've got no issue with Waiting for the Night; it's a fine song, just not the band at their best. The 5th and final track, Secular Haze, is a great-sounding live recording of an enjoyable tune tinged with macabre. One can envision the band playing in ominous fashion within a collection of smoke. I'd go as far as saying they invoke a bit of Black Sabbath with this one.
I'd summarize the EP thusly: If you are a fan of Ghost and are really enjoying everything they've done, you'll definitely want this as it's got some great moments not found elsewhere. If you're wondering what they're about and, like me, have found your way to this thanks to the Roky Erickson cover, I wouldn't really recommend taking a chance on this unless you've got space in your collection and a bit of extra change.
I'd tell anyone to start with their newest album, last year's Meliora, the most thoroughly enjoyable Ghost effort, in my opinion.