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  • Audio CD (August 30, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Future Farmer
  • ASIN: B000ALZHQG
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #899,023 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Jacqueline
2. Big Surrender
3. Henry Greene
4. Rooms in the Dark
5. (In a Big World) Little Dreams Count
6. High on Life
7. Vandalism
8. Clouds Solve It
9. Go to Add/Drop City
10. World Travelers
11. Hey! Somebody

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Great contemporary pop!
E. Greblasky
It's good, solid stuff, and although it strays from my ordinary tastes, I find this band to be a veritable diamond in the rough.
Adam
It's great pop, but its more than pop -- the melodies are addictive, but complex.
Kick out the Jams

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Adam on September 8, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Not being particularly open-minded to independent music, I was fully prepared (and indeed, determined) NOT to enjoy Ghosty, but one of my friends whose brother knows the band insisted I give them a listen, about a year ago. Even on those poorly-encoded MP3s, stolen from some server in the annals of Lawrence, Kansas, I was still able to distill the necessary essence of Ghosty - blissful pop perfection, song after song, from "Henry Greene" to "Hey! Somebody." (There are also a number of other great Ghosty numbers not included on this so-called "debut" album, and they carry the similar trademark charm.)

"Big Surrender" is perhaps the SINGLE-MOST listenable pop song I have ever heard. I once ran through a marathon of no less than fifty listens, without even the slightest bit of fatigue. There are simply no weaknesses - no instrument astray, no words or chords misplaced, nothing questionable happening in the mix or in the harmonies. Analysis of the song would undoubtedly show that beauty and simplicity can quite easily go hand in hand. The guitar solo is tight, simple and lyrical, yet supplemental in the best sense - it is not so virtuosic that it distracts from the backdrop. The lyrics themselves are catchy and poetic, with an subtly upbeat message - our gentle new anthem for the optimism of youth. The drumming fits perfectly within the narrow framework of the song. If every band has only one moment divinely inspired, most certainly, this is theirs.

The rest of the album is strong, and uniformly so. The vocalist has a quirky and unusual tenor voice, but it, as a microcosm of the band, soft and mellow, and quickly fell into my favor. It's good, solid stuff, and although it strays from my ordinary tastes, I find this band to be a veritable diamond in the rough.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kick out the Jams on August 30, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I just got this CD, and I have no idea where these guys came from. Well, Lawrence, KS. But, an album with this many catchy hooks, great production, and just plain good songwriting is destined to go places. It's great pop, but its more than pop -- the melodies are addictive, but complex. I lisetend to it several times in a row when I first got it. Strongly reccomend for any fan of independent rock music.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Squires on October 6, 2005
Format: Audio CD
i'm an fairly avid searcher for new music (i'm in a 12 step program), and so i've got to say that after seeing this band live in austin opening for the fruit bats (without about 17 other people) - i'm amazed that a band this complex, polished and lovely has escaped virtually all notice by so many people thus far.

the album is a great introduction. see these guys live.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James Yeh on February 26, 2006
Format: Audio CD
The Lawrence, KS band Ghosty's debut Grow Up or Sleep In is one of the catchiest indie rock/pop albums of the year. The album's of combination of smart optimistism and youthful maturity is even more impressive given the just-out-of-college age of the band members. Leader Andrew Conner's melodies are ridiculously addictive, as are the band's instrumentation and tones. The overall result is a collection of songs reminiscent of the quirky sentimental pop of The Flaming Lips (Wayne Coyne guests on the track "Clouds Have It") and the paradoxically Sage Yet Juvenile lyrics of Ben Folds.

This is an album that manages to be accessible to all even vaguely familiar with the indie rock idiom, but still entirely original and fresh.

Highlights include: "Jacqueline", the aforementioned "Clouds Solve It", "Big Surrender", and "(In a Big World) Little Dreams Count".

This is music with heart, intelligence, and, perhaps even more importantly, singability.

A must-have for any fan of smart, upbeat indie rock!
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By E. Greblasky on December 21, 2014
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Great contemporary pop!
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