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AU57: Ghost album review

June 1, 2009

Ghost album

GHOST
FREEDOM OF THOUGHT
BREAKIN BREAD

Not to be confused with the two Japanese bands, the dubstep pioneer and any number of others that have used the name, this particular Ghost is a London-based hip-hop producer from Glasgow. This is his second album, and it will appeal to fans of DJ Shadow and Nightmares On Wax – mostly instrumental, Ghost’s is a complex, cinematic sound, with enough flair and musicality to lift it out of the ordinary. The vocal contributions, mainly from English MCs, are fine as well, particularly on ‘Elevate’, in which Jehst contributes a faintly clichéd ‘state of the nation’ lyric, but with plenty of dexterity and charm – and over a beautiful, wistful production. There’s nothing particularly new here, but Ghost has succeeded in putting together an 18-track record with barely any filler, which is some feat. A smoker’s delight, and recommended for fans of the genre.

8/10

DOWNLOAD: ‘ELEVATE’, ‘RETURN JOURNEY’, ‘FEEL PAIN’.
FOR FANS OF: DJ SHADOW, NIGHTMARES ON WAX, J DILLA.

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