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Ghost Dragon Attacks Castle

February 19, 2013

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: February 19, 2013
  • Label: Constant Ivy Music
  • Copyright: 2013 Constant Ivy Music
  • Total Length: 51:38
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  • ASIN: B00BI4HRGM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,382 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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I love the songs, the album flows well from beginning to end.
Michael Cherlow
This album brings Carbon Leaf back to it's kickass Celtic sound that, I think, makes them an amazing band.
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I highly recommend this for new listeners of Carbon Leaf as well as the long time fan.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Internationalerb on February 21, 2013
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Been waiting for this kind of album from Carbon Leaf for a long time! I thought after the more commercial change of direction they had taken over the last several years, something like this album just wasn't possible anymore. So glad I was wrong!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Darrin on February 24, 2013
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I became a Carbon Leaf fan the minute I heard "The Boxer" on 103.7 in Seattle in 2001. They stood out as one of my favorite bands for many years though I have to say that I wasn't a big fan of their last 2 studio albums "Nothing Rhymes with Woman" & "How the West was One" (not including the Christmas album), primarily due to the fact that they strayed from their original celtic sound in favor of slower melodic tunes. I was ecstatic to listen to "Ghost Dragon Attacks Castle" and hear this album marks at least a temporary unapologetic return to the celtic sound that I love. This is a genuinely original, upbeat, energetic album (with a couple slower tracks) and a must-have for those who love the sound of celtic music!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Cournoyer on February 20, 2013
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Bought this from Carbon Leaf's website on the day of release, and must reiterate what has been said in previous reviews: this is a major turnabout in Carbon Leaf's sound. If you are a fan of CL's early, pre-Vanguard, celtic-influenced music, you'll probably like this album, as it is rollicking celtic through and through, more so than any of their previous releases. On the other hand, if you prefer the more commercial, radio-friendly sound of the 3 Vanguard albums ("Indian Summer", "Love, Loss, Hope, Repeat", and "Nothing Rhymes With Woman") or "How the West was One", than this might not appeal much to you. As for me, I wasn't introduced to Carbon Leaf until "Indian Summer" and really love the sound of the Vanguard albums, so I had serious buyer's remorse not very long into my first listen to Ghost Dragon. I'm giving it a chance, though, and it's growing on me slowly.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JacobC on February 19, 2013
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I've been a long-time fan of Carbon Leaf, and I must say that after just half a day of listening this is one of my favorite CL albums! They really show their Celtic roots in this album, and aside from the usual instruments you hear in their music you'll also hear bagpipes, Uillean pipes, and lots more tin whistle.

The first few bars of "Bloody Good Bar Fight Song" make me think of Firefly, and from there I was sucked in. The instant transition to "The Donnybrook Affair" is wonderful, I didn't ever realize the first time that I had moved to the second song. The string bass in the intro to "Ghost Dragon Attacks Castle" (it is a string bass, isn't it?) keeps the pace going, and the whistle joins in for a tune worthy of the titular song. The whistle continues to thread through "She's Gone," a fun song about getting left by a woman. "Oi" keeps the quicker pace of the album flowing, and I particularly like the violin in this song. "A Song for the Sea" has a great traditional sound in places, and I'm a sucker for any song about boats or the sea. "Februaery Detailles" is another instrumental tune like Ghost Dragon at a slightly slower tempo. "The Fox and the Hare" is an awesome drinking song about fighting Nazis and Zombies. "I Love Victory" has parts that remind me of "The Boxer" and sounds like it would be a great song to hear live. The intro to "Amhran Damhsa" reminds me strongly of "Sutton's Reel" from the Christmas Child album. "Sad and Alone" cracks me up and would be another good drinking song as long as you aren't too lonely :) "The Road is Breaking My Heart" has a very different sound, it was recorded in a different location with an echo-y sad sound to it.

If you are a fan of Celtic music mixed with some more modern sounds, this is the album (and group) for you!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Adrian Barnes on March 12, 2013
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We saw Carbon Leaf open for Gaelic Storm in September 2012 (outdoor venue), before this album came out. When they started playing Bloody Good Barfight Song, everybody around us stopped what they were doing and started paying attention. By the time Donnybrook Affair kicked in, everybody was on their feet and there was a heightened energy in the crowd that carried through the rest of the show...those two songs completely kicked off the evening. Right after the show, I ran over to make sure I got one of the 20 memory sticks with the show recorded on MP3s, and I got to thank the band personally for their performance.

Fast forward to February 2013. Ghost Dragon Attacks Castle arrived. I didn't know what to expect, but put in my order for one of the limited signed-and-numbered CDs that included a digital download. It definitely is *not* Love, Loss, Hope, Repeat or Indian Summer. The album opens with the two tracks that so well kicked off the concert. By the time the title [instrumental] track starts you really feel like you are on a fun musical journey, and can't help cranking it up at the 1:30 mark.

She's Gone and The Fox and the Hare are both standouts with their playful melodies, harmonies, and often funny lyrics. "I would fight nazis to keep you with me, and I would face zombies eating flesh in the street..." I Love Victory is another fun song. I can't help but laugh when I hear Sad and Alone, because I've known a lot of people who wallow in their own misery. "Tomorrow's a new day and the booze is not far. Sometimes you just, you need to you must, drown in your cup of woe!".

The album really showcases their musical talents, both at songwriting and playing, and it sounds like they had a lot of fun making it. I love it when bands are free to play and record whatever they want to.
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