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  • Audio CD (May 1, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nettwerk Records
  • ASIN: B000NVIXHI
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,489 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ghosts of you
2. All I can do
3. Spoke in tongues
4. Mad about you
5. So cold
6. Waiting for the sun
7. You blame yourself
8. Grow up so fast
9. Wonderful
10. Asylum
11. Wendy house
12. Time (BONUS TRACK)
13. I do believe (BONUS TRACK)

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It has been four years since Chantal released her last album, What If It All Means Something. During the break after recording and touring that record, she firmly established herself as one of the premiere songwriters in the industry by penning hits for the likes of Avril Lavigne, Gwen Stefani and Kelly Clarkson. And, as new album displays, the experience of crafting songs to suit the personality of other artists has allowed her to take a step back and write songs, which showcase her considerable talents even more. it really is rewarding to be able to work with your best friend, Chantal reveals. It's something you can't recreate with someone that you are just starting a relationship with. It's amazing, but when people have the level of relationship where they are able to be brutally honest with each other, it hurts sometimes Some of the ghostly inhabitants of her newest release are more symbolic. Chantal wrote You Blame Yourself to address lingering memories from past hard times. I have a lot of painful memories of being confused as a teen, she says. This is a dark song for anyone who hurts where they are and feels like they need to break out. With Ghost Stories Chantal asks us to follow her to a landscape shaped by rhythm, beauty and loss. While the spirits inhabiting this realm speak with the voice of the lost and the outcast, their tales of love, war, destitution, isolation and joy demand to be heard.

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Although it took four years for Chantal Kreviazuk to record the follow-up to her successful disc What If It All Means Something, the Canadian singer/pianist was anything but idle in between. During that 'break' she gave birth to two children, wrote songs for Avril Lavigne and Kelly Clarkson, and recorded her fourth disc Ghost Stories at home, with husband Raine Maida (the Our Lady Peace frontman) producing.

Ghost Stories proves to be a stylistic departure for Kreviazuk; rather than settle into warm, traditional ballads, these songs are frequently unpredictable. The classical music she studied as a child--combined with her love of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper (she references the album in the lyrics of opener "Ghosts of You")--has manifested into this evolutionary disc. Many songs come across as mini-operas, constantly morphing from one style and tempo to the next; as a result, Fiona Apple and Tori Amos comparisons will be made--especially in the frenetic "You Blame Yourself"--but the numbers remain stylistically her own. The anthemic "Asylum" is an impassioned highlight, inspired by a war refugee from the Congo, while "Mad About You" is another powerful moment, a love song whose chorus bursts wide open amidst Kreviazuk's fragile, raw vocals. Kreviazuk's unique "So Cold" veers abruptly from a straight-ahead soliloquy to an emotionally-exploding gospel-style chorus; while perhaps not destined to be a pop radio hit, it offers a glimpse of something brilliant, an evolving singer/songwriter who still has many colours yet to show. --Denise Sheppard

Customer Reviews

All I Can Do is very dark, very meaningful and it makes you yearn for more.
Karl G
The first single "All I Can Do" is definitely the stand out track of the album, and more songs like this would have made for a five star album.
Amanda Richards
Though the editor above touts the quality of "Asylum," it did nothing for me.
Alan Dorfman

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jake Z on September 17, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I have been a fan of Chantal Kreviazuk's since she released her debut in Canada in 1996. I have had the pleasure of seeing her in concert, with just her and a piano, and it was mezmerizing. I even met her, she is very down to earth and nice. I waited for this new release and now it's here. The album is void of any guitars, instead there are rich string melodies. Some of the songs are growers, but as a whole its a pretty good album. Highlights for me include the moving "Ghosts of You", the inspiring "All I Can Do", and the upbeat "Wonderful". Other highlights include "Asylum" and "Wendy House". Overall a really good cd!

Amazon has the wrong tracklisting though. Here is the correct one:

01 Ghosts of You
02 All I Can Do
03 Spoke In Tongues
04 Mad About You
05 So Cold
06 Waiting for the Sun
07 You Blame Yourself
08 Grow Up So Fast
09 Wonderful
10 Asylum
11 Wendy House
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Richards HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 10, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Chantal Kreviazuk is accustomed to co-writing big pop songs for artists like Avril Lavigne (6 tracks from "Under My Skin"), Gwen Stefani and Kelly Clarkson, but now that it's time for her to deliver her own fourth studio album, she chooses to go in the opposite direction, resulting in an angst ridden, sometimes melancholy album that's more gospel than glitter and more personal than Pop.

The first two tracks are not representative of the rest of the album, and on the first listen you may be disappointed that there are not more tracks like these. "Ghosts of You" starts with some sweet, sad strings and then morphs into a ballad lamenting lost love, where she sings "please don't go / these ghosts of you / the only thing that helps get my through the day". The first single "All I Can Do" is definitely the stand out track of the album, and more songs like this would have made for a five star album. With great lyrics like "All I can do is love you to pieces / Give you a shoulder to cry when you need it", this is easily my favorite track.

As I said, you may not like the rest of the album on a first listen, but keep in mind the tracks "Grow Up So Fast", "Wonderful", the gospel chorus of "So Cold" and the stirring, war inspired "Asylum" as you go.

The album showcases Kreviazuk's ability to play a mean piano, which coupled with her plaintive vocals and haunting lyrics makes for some pretty intense listening. It's not going to be the album to get your party started, but you'll reach for it on quiet days when you're feeling a little blue and need something introspective to match your mood. Recommended for the days when a good cry is all you need.

Amanda Richards
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Karl G on December 24, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Chantal's 4th Studio Album is marvelous, and very much different from her previous 3.

Chantal has taken a cue from Nelly Furtado and has changed her music, to a darker, more lyrical, more angsty and much more soulful level. The lyrics are now very angst-ridden and carries a stronger message to all who listen to it.

All I Can Do is very dark, very meaningful and it makes you yearn for more. However, the rest of the album is not like the first single, ranging from the rousing piano intros of Ghosts of You, the melodious and catchy tune of Wonderful and the shocking lyrics of Asylum.

This album is very varied and it shows that she is no more the girl who mused about Time leaving her behind. She is now the woman who sees the world for what it is.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Karl G on June 3, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Chantal Kreviazuk has produced many good songs in the past, some of which are "Time", "In This Life", "These Days" and "Feels Like Home". Her voice is very pure and breathtaking, which allows her to be free spirited and emotional on the tracks mentioned above.

For her previous three albums, she has taken on a more lighthearted approach to the topics she was writing about, like life, destiny and wasting of time. But in this album, she grows darker, and that darkness becomes somewhat her downfall.

"All I Can Do", "Ghost Stories", "Waiting for the Sun" and "Wonderful" are clear standout tracks in this album, with "Spoke In Tongues" making a good lasting impression as well. The US bonus tracks "Time" and "I Do Believe" add on to the good repertoire, with "Time" returning for another show. "I Do Believe" is more like her, albeit a bit darker.

However the rest are painfully hard to listen to, especially Wendy House and You Blame Yourself, where she hits sounds that she has not touched in the past.

What If It All Means Something, her 3rd album, remains her best, and though this album has some gems inside, they are still not enough to make her album as outstanding as it could have been.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Rupert on December 16, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Back around 2003, Chantal Kreviazuk appeared to be another entry in the list of underrated singer-songwriters, especially since she was writing material for a lot of more popular artists like Avril Lavigne. While she still has talent, I don't think her latest album Ghost Stories is quite as good as critics are making it out to be.

There are some great songs on here though, like "Asylum" and "Wonderful" (although it doesn't look so wonderful on paper, but it's all in the way Chantal sings it). But I have no idea what "Wendy House" is supposed to be about, and "You Blame Yourself" has a bizarre chorus. And the first four tracks are pretty lyrically challenged, especially "All I Can Do".

This is also another one of those cases where the two bonus tracks ("Time" and "I Do Believe") are ironic, considering that they're the best songs on the album -- in fact, if it WEREN'T for those songs, I would have had to give the album three stars. Chantal can still sing and all, but she should save more of her great material for herself. Your best bet is to listen to her older albums first (especially What If It All Means Something) before sitting down with some ghost stories.

Anthony Rupert
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Why worry about a US release date? Go to a canadian on-line music store. I don't remember the names of any but that is how I bought her new album without having to spend the extra money for an import.
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