Daily Archive for January 2nd, 2013

AlmostAGhost’s Top Albums Of 2012: #2. Spiritualized – Sweet Heart Sweet Light

xxx

i used up all my affection

Spiritualized just continues dropping albums full of blues, feedback, gospel, drugs, love, pain, intensity, the sun, repetition, catharsis. None of these things are new, this their seventh album. This is pure Spiritualized, striking and affecting, a brilliant mix of simple parts making something more. This is what they do.

(This is, though, the worst album cover I’ve ever seen.)

Spiritualized “Get What You Deserve”

Spiritualized “Little Girl”

- almostaghost

AlmostAGhost’s Top Albums Of 2012: #3. Bat For Lashes – The Haunted Man

scaredy rabbits make good paper ghosts

scaredy rabbits make good paper ghosts

In reading through the lyrics of The Haunted Man in the liner notes, I noticed that there are a lot of exclamation points. “Thank god I’m alive!” “Let the perfume drip, let it rise!” “I’m in bloom! Oh yeah!” “Baby throw your head back! Let your hair down!” “And we’re only but a second away!” “And the headiness howls, rise and rise!” In a way, this sums up the album.

Some of Khan’s earlier records (also amazing) are more dreamy, goth, fanciful than this one. The Haunted Man feels more real and earthy: nature lurks in most of the songs, sex in others, little bits of the haunted past here and there, the beats pulse and thrive, and above all, it feels alive. That’s her exclamation here, song after song. This is what it feels like to be alive.

The title implies some sort of haunted feeling, the album cover makes that explicit: the weight of someone else on your shoulders. But instead of feeling the burden, it makes her exclaim.

Bat For Lahes “All Your Gold”

Bat For Lashes “A Wall”

- almostaghost