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Last time we met The Black Angels, they were staring into the desert sun somewhere outside of Austin, Texas. Two years later, night has fallen and the spirits have come out. It's time for The Black Angels to provide Directions On How To See A Ghost. If you're familiar with Passover, the band's 2006 debut, you'll know that The Black Angels's music alone is enough to invoke spirits. There's a name for the band's sound; they call it 'hypno-drone 'n roll'. It's the sound of long nights on peyote, of dreams of a new world order, and of half-invented memories of the seamy side of '60s psychedelia. While the Iraq war is still a major influence on the band's lyrics, there are new forces at work here, including Eugene Zamyatin's dystopian novel We and in Christian Bland's words "psychic information from the past and future." See, The Black Angels really are in contact with ghosts.

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''This is evil blues rock, the sexiest soundtrack to selling your soul you could ever imagine'' --New Music Express

''Perfect for quiet Saturday nights at home on the couch with a fifth of whiskey'' --Bust

1. You On The Run
2. Doves (Download MP3)
3. Science Killer
4. Mission District
5. 18 Years
6. Deer-Ree-Shee
7. Never/Ever
8. Vikings
9. You In Color
10. The Return
11. Snake In The Gras

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 13, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Light In The Attic
  • ASIN: B0015N0786
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,465 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By J. Billings on June 20, 2008
Format: Audio CD
'18 Years' might be the best song they've ever written, for one thing. But that aside, this album is an absolute, unadulterated masterpiece. I loved 'Passover'. This blows it out of the water. Deep chugging blues washed in some of the most profoundly cosmic feedback I have ever heard. I could sit here and go on and on and on... but just buy the album. Exalting, thrilling, and incredibly sexy...

RIYL: Dead Meadow, Black Mountain, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Spacemen 3, The Warlocks (with whom I get to see them in a week!!!), Blood on the Wall (as in Mary Susan), The Verve
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John L Murphy TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 1, 2009
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Any CD that credits not only "rogue sitar" but "drone machine" better deliver fresh assaults, not rehashed revamps from the first peyote era. This betters, as I'd predicted (see my review of "Passover") their début. It stretches out with ominous beats into austere horizons on the 8-minute "Never/Ever" up to the 16-minute closing track, "Snake in the Grass." These bookend a well-arranged second half (more than that in the elapsed time) of the tracks here.

The first half of the album follows more its predecessor, not blazing a new trail yet. It's solid, but not until "Deer-Ree-Shee" with its sitars did I begin to turn up the volume and want to listen harder. From this point on, the intensity builds. The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (BRMC--back when they tried to sound more acid-drenched and less faux-bluesy), 13th Floor Elevators (also from Austin) all come to mind, along with an inevitable nod to The Doors, Mo Tucker of the Velvet Underground, and to me Ian McCulloch's vocal delivery from Echo & the Bunnymen. My son heard early on what it takes track 7 "Never/Ever" to fully prove, an appropriate use of the band Clinic's "Visitations"-era processed spooky, echo-laden, dubbish croon. Like Clinic, The Black Angels build their own pinnacle atop a venerable edifice of neo-psychedelia that improves upon the foundation. As with Black Mountain near them on the shelves, they study the past to enrich their future as musicians able to incorporate the best from forty years ago.

But, as on the first CD, where the Black Angels (like Darker My Love may be doing in a poppier vein) begin to break free of their competitors is in their density of sonic production.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tom Chase on January 2, 2009
Format: Vinyl Bound
The Black Angels' debut "Passover" was an exciting surge back to 60s psychedelia, full of mind-bending drones, trippy guitars and a truly inspired vocalist in Alex Maas. "Direction To See A Ghost" continues things in the same vein. Granted there isn't much new to TBA's sound, but this doesn't bother me. They have such a distinguished sound already that varying it too much after just two releases was never necessary.

As with the debut, the songs tend to flow and groove endlessly. The `drone machine' saturates everything, the drums are powerful and locked, the guitar tone is perfectly fuzzy and Maas' piercing, nasally delivery is wonderfully fitting. Some songs have the tendency to drift on, but there are some real gems here. The one-two punch of "You On The Run" and "Doves" is a grand opening, with the former setting up a brooding, melancholy Velvet Underground atmosphere, only for the latter to cut through with some feel-good, sunshine pop psychedelia. Other highlights include the sombre "18 Years" and the sitar-laden "Deer-Ree-Shee". Generally, there isn't a bad song to be found here. "Directions" is another great album from The Black Angels that firmly cements them at the forefront of modern psychedelic rock.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. W. Dorn on May 20, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I really liked The Black Angels first album Passover. This album is even better. It is much more far out then their fist album and the sound quality is great. The last song on the album is over 16 minutes long which is pretty cool and their use of feedback in You In Color works nicely. As I write this its at number 16 in the psychedelic category of music here on Amazon putting it above several classics (even if it is just for a few days its still a bragging right isnt it?). Its a classic of my generation and I hope they will continue what they are doing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By loctgruv on October 3, 2010
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This second lp by the Black Angels has not left my rotation since the day it came out in 2008. What this album has done to me over the last two years, seeping into every last crevice of my brain and seting it aflame with creeping psychedlia, impending doom, and walls of white noise like rain. This was serious....
"You on the Run" is the perfect album opener; like a monochromatic drill through yr brain, it drones into your skull rocking it from the inside out. Then u get to "Science Killer", a brooding number that slinks along in dark, unmistakably sexy way that is uniquely entrancing. "Mission District" is a call to a selfish lover with crackling guitar and waves of white noise that recall Spacemen 3. "18 Years" is a drugged out horror scene hypnotic in both tempo and groove .
"Snake in the grass", which opens the second vinyl disc, is the albums "sister ray"; murky, droning and extremely hypnotic, at around 17 minutes this feedback soaked opus just about rewrote the modern psychedelic handbook. Few albums have really gripped my subconscious the way this LP has and if you love rock and roll you really cant miss this album. thank u Black Angels for showing us that a band actually can still rock this hard.
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