Painful yet cathartic in equal measures, there's a vulnerability to Ghost Alive that resonates across its 11 pieces. Aided impeccably by Adam Bartlett's input on the arrangements alongside guitarist Andrew Smith who shared production duties on the album. Given the circumstances, it would probably have been easier to bury the songs in reams of feedback and distortion yet instead there's a comforting nature in the way Nicholson's songs are presented.
The instrumentation while refined and mainly acoustic fits the sombre mood, with rhythm section Adam Harrison and Piers Hewitt acting as buffers to Nicholson and Smith's delicately executed melodies. Where songs like 'What The Fuck' and 'Lost Cause' exemplify that Album) of helplessness in such a solemn situation, 'River' takes a reflective look back "Will it ever lead to my dreams?
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Views Read Edit View history. Help Learn to edit Community portal Recent changes Upload file. To me a very complex and almost perfect song. New York City Streets consist out of a softer and a rockier part, both brilliant. The album finishes with two solid rockers, not bad but to me the most mediocre songs. I especially like the vocals and the guitar playing of Emmett. His guitar skills are best shown in the title track. He is a very precise and varied player. His vocals sometimes remind me of Geddy Lee and I'm sure he and the whole band was influenced by Rush.
The similarities to Kiss which some could hear I can't detect. Instead I can hear some Kansas elements in some of the songs. It's a pity the band is almost forgotten. In the beginning of the 80s they were well known in the german heavy rock scene, but at the end of the 80s they were disappearing into nowhere. They receive that we pay tribute to them.
This album came as a surprise. Like last week's pick, I wouldn't rate it as a classic, but unlike last week's pick, it got better with every repeated listen. As the post above said, this band was unfairly compared to Rush.
At some points you can pretty much hear what bands Triumph was copying in this set. Although the band wears their influences on their sleeves, the music is enjoyable, and encompasses a pretty wide range, from the bluesy boogie of Rocky Mountain Way Way Out - I Am Oak - Our Blood (CD, to the more chilled sounds of New York City Streets Pt.
If, like me, you like anything that's 70s hard rock, this will be in your wheelhouse. What will prevent this music from having a broader appeal is a lack of strong songs. In fact, this album gave me more appreciation for classic rock lyricists than anything else. While I don't defend most classic rock songwriters as great Album), the best classic rock songs contained at least a few catchy and inventive lines to sing along to, and this is what's missing in this album.
The first three songs, Way Out - I Am Oak - Our Blood (CD example, have choruses that consist of two extremely similar cliched lines, e. Ultimately, I found this album enjoyable. It passed the "getting ready for work" test, the "going to work" test, the "listening to my earbuds while I work" test, and the "cleaning my house" test.
The band clearly has loads of potential and energy, and I'm now interested in exploring the rest of their catalogue. Listening critically this week, it sounds like a band with loads Album) talent already in place, but struggling to find a direction. What is missing on this early release are the hooks that eventually made them a fantastic though somewhat overlooked band. Hopefully the upcoming documentary from Banger helps the retired band Way Out - I Am Oak - Our Blood (CD more of their due.
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