Dynamics

September 10, 2013 | Format: MP3

$8.99
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  • Original Release Date: September 10, 2013
  • Label: DFA
  • Copyright: 2013 DFA Records
  • Total Length: 49:39
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  • ASIN: B00EDN27XS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,025 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Stuckinthe80s VINE VOICE on September 3, 2013
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Finally, the new Holy Ghost album has arrived! Their self-titled album from 2011 was fantastic (at least to my ears), so the big question of course is ... how does their latest effort compare to their previous work? In short, they thankfully have not strayed from their established retro-synth sound. Once again, their sound practically transports you back to early 1980s New York in a fabulous way.

Here is a quick rundown of the tracks:

1. Okay - At first listen, I thought "yeah, this is just okay." But after a few repeats, the track has grown on me; it definitely is better than just "okay"; a nice dance beat but not overly engineered.
2. Dumb Disco Ideas - I was already familiar with this one from the Youtube video; basically a funk/disco inspired beat that is primarily instrumental. A bit lengthy (and to be fair, repetitive) at eight minutes, but a nice track overall.
3. Changing of the Guard - Upbeat and dancy; reminds me just a little of "Hold My Breath", which is the track that introduced me to Holy Ghost. Good stuff!
4. Dance A Little Closer - To be honest, the jury is out on this one. It has a nice pace, but I just have not been able to get into the feel of the track.
5. It Must Be The Weather - The pace slows just a bit for this track, which has some excellent orchestration; layered synth lovers should enjoy this one for sure.
6. 1 For Edgar - I'm sure there must be a story behind this one; basically this is a one minute soft instrumental that you would almost expect to be the introductory track to the album; no beats to be found, but a pleasant "intermission" at least.
7. I Wanna Be Your Hand - Perhaps my favorite melody in the bunch; nice vocals, a bit lighter on the beats, but focuses more on the lyrics.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trancelucence (Leigh) on November 13, 2013
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If Holy Ghost! isn't one of the best bands in the world I'll stand the drop of York. In IT MUST BE THE WEATHER, the tension, the balance between the angst of the lyrics, the haunting melody and the beat that seems to pluck your heartstrings right out of your chest- there's just no-one like them. This one song captures all the hopelessness and desperation of someone right on the cusp of giving up, or..? What's the alternative? "I'll never get better, not EVER."

All their songs are phenomenal, with prose intensely personal and evocative- just have a listen to IT GETS DARK with equally plaintive lyrics, about overcrowding and lack of privacy (with one of the catchiest, most infectious tunes/beats ever). Ditto with HOLD MY BREATH, about not having enough money, among other things. I just can't recommend Holy Ghost! highly enough.

I've downloaded four songs from this album so far, all splendid (and I have every other song they've ever released- ALL fantastic), so I think I can safely recommend the entire album. DUMB DISCO IDEAS is a perennial favorite (previously reviewed). The mark of great music, of course, is that it gets better with each listen, until it insinuates itself into the very fiber of your being.
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I recently saw Holy Ghost! in concert for the first time (more on that later). If you are not familiar with the sound of this New York band, think !!!, Cut Copy or even LCD Soundsystem (RIP!). This is the band's second full-length studio album.

"Dynamics" (11 tracks; 50 min.) starts with a more than okay "Okay", in which band mates Alex Frankel and Nick Millhiser immediately turn up the dance grooves. Then comes the epic 8 min. "Dumb Disco Ideas", which is sure to get any wallflower to bust a move or two. Resistance is futile! "Dance a Little Closer" is yet another high-energy dance tune. The guys slow things down a bit in the middle of the album with "It Must Be the Weather" (perhaps a wink to !!!'s "Strange Weather, Ain't It"?). After a 1 min. instrumental ("1 for Edgar"), we dive into the second half of the album with "I Wanna Be Your Hand", a dreamy song. It is followed by arguably the album's best track, "Bridge and Tunnel", another dance-oriented song bursting with rhythm and energy. The album closes with a more minimalist-sounding, but equally intriguing "Cheap Shots". In all, this is quite the album! It's pretty much a dance party from start to finish.

I recently saw Holy Ghost! in concert at the Bunbury Music Festival here in Cincinnati. Nick commented that it was their first time performing in Cincinnati. Live, the band consists of 6 guys and it all sounds even more fun (and infectious) than on the studio tracks. The massive crowd absolutely loved it (at one point, a huge conga line formed, hilarious!). If you have a chance to see these guys live, do not miss them! You will thank me later, I promise. Meanwhile, "Dynamics" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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