Starflyer 59 - Ghosts Of The Past

Published Friday 22nd January 2010
Starflyer 59 - Ghosts Of The Past
Starflyer 59 - Ghosts Of The Past

STYLE: Rock
RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 82814-15885
LABEL: Tooth & Nail 5099996543726
FORMAT: CD Album
ITEMS: 2
RELEASE DATE: 2009-10-09
RRP: £14.99

Reviewed by Ewan Jones

Starflyer 59 have always been one of those ever-adapting, hard to define - and sometimes hard to love - rock bands. The Tooth & Nail stalwarts mix hard rock with experimental elements, Bowie vocal styling and Joy Division like synth, loops and electronic beats. This compilation pulls together a number of recent EPs that the band have put out in the last few years. Opener "Automatic" kicks off with a strong bass groove and a mournful violin but sets the tone for a band that create atmosphere but (with the exception of "Black Jacket" and one or two others) never really get as far as rocking out. The songs tend to have mid-tempo grooves that sustain, build up and fade as if they had nowhere left to go. Highlights, and there are a few of them over these 25 tracks, include the remix of "Pearl Of Great Price"; an acoustic version of "Mr Martin"; the funky spaghetti western of instrumental "Spooky"; and a cover of Bread's "Guitar Man". As an album 'Ghosts Of The Past' makes for an inconsistent listen where occasional touches of genius rub shoulders with the undeniably tedious. Fans of Nick Cave, Interpol and the darker side of music may find something to tickle their ears here.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Automatic [Listen]
2. Compulsion [Listen]
3. Concentrate [Listen]
4. Pearl Of Great Price (Daniel Brigham Remix) [Listen]
5. Minor Keys [Listen]
6. Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want [Listen]
7. Easy [Listen]
8. Spooky [Listen]
9. Mr. Martin [Listen]
10. Mr. Martin (Acoustic) [Listen]
11. I Love You Like The Little Bird [Listen]
12. Mall Monarchy [Listen]
13. M23 [Listen]
14. Guitar Man [Listen]
15. Black Jacket [Listen]
16. Broken Arm [Listen]
17. Taxi [Listen]
18. Gangs Of Riverside [Listen]
19. The Brightest Of The Head [Listen]
20. Altercation [Listen]
21. The Man Who Will Lead [Listen]
23. The Lucky Ones [Listen]
24. For Us [Listen]
25. White Fog [Listen]
26. Family Line [Listen]
27. W.S. 2005 [Listen]
28. The Brightest Of The Head (Acoustic) [Listen]
29. I Love You Like The Little Bird (Acoustic) [Listen]
30. Under The Milky Way [Listen]
31. Magic [Listen]
32. Thin As A Needle [Listen]

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Product Description
You have come to expect Starfl yer 59 to be the most reliable, most dependable, yet most undeniably unpredictable messengers of album after album of quality independent rock tunes. Over ten albums deep, over fi fteen years time, from the early guitar-heavy shoegazing era to the ethereal moodiness of The Fashion Focus years to the latest incarnations and recreations of themselves as keyboard-driven masters of chorus, this is and always will be a band who will deliver great songs with new sounds. If you are a Starfl yer fan, or if you are just entering into the amazing world of Starfl yer 59, Ghosts Of The Past is a MUST-HAVE! The 2 discs and over 30 songs, chronicle the bands last couple years with some additional beautifully realized covers and accompaniments.

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