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  • Audio CD (March 13, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD, Original recording
  • Label: Aesperus Music
  • Run Time: 56 minutes
  • ASIN: B000OA25I6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #278,408 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. ) Mazurka
2. ) Close
3. ) Waiting Room
4. ) Love Sounds
5. ) Sellout
6. ) Dead People's Review
7. ) Monochrome
8. ) Windows
9. ) Cerulean Blue
10. ) Seeping
11. ) Mother May I?

Editorial Reviews

Selling Insincerity is the first full-length release from Louisiana's premier progressive rock group Abigail's Ghost. The LP consists of 11 original tracks including "Waiting Room," "Mother May I?"and "Close." With haunting artwork by Polish mastermind Konrad Krol, crushing grooves and lush harmonies, the record is as visually stunning as it sounds---absolutely spellbinding.

Customer Reviews

Very Good albium.
T. Hudson
Not only is he a gifted songwriter, he is also an excellent producer given the duo's limited resources when recording this album.
Murat Batmaz
Give these guys every encouragement, we need more bands like this.
Ian Cartwright

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Murat Batmaz on September 15, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Selling Insincerity is the debut album of Abigail's Ghost, a young American band formed around the nucleus of guitarist and vocalist Joshua Theriot and bassist Kenneth Wilson. Though the band avoids categorization, their style of music mostly falls into progressive rock that emphasizes a blend of groove, spacey atmospheres, and excellent vocal harmonies.

This is a self-released effort, drawing from a vast library of influences including Porcupine Tree, A Perfect Circle, Tool, Massive Attack, and Rush. The low bass drones of the album opener "Mazurka" lead into the rhythmically aware "Close", which immediately stands out for its Porcupine Tree-like vocal arrangement, sparse drum beats, and bleak synth lines. The chorus of the song is incredibly memorable, and helps thicken the already dense soundscape. You can hear lots of weird sound collections in the background if you listen with a good set of headphones. The song breaks down into a creepy middle section filled with cold acoustic guitars capped by powerful bass strokes and distant keyboards.

Joshua Theriot employs a similar vocal recording technique to Steven Wilson; he utilises the same processed vocal style and laidback singing whilst continuously exerting a melodious delivery. His vocal melodies on songs like "Waiting Room" and "Seeping" are amazing. Though most will be reminded of Steven Wilson when hearing him sing, Theriot cites Chris Corner of IAMX and Sneaker Pimps as his main influence. He is also an excellent guitar player, adding varied guitar sounds to the compositions. He can go from elegiac lead playing on "Monochrome" to atonal expressions on "Love Sounds" and "Cerulean Blue", both of which boast a Belew-like tone and articulation.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Petruska on April 11, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Abigail's Ghost hits home with their first album "Selling Insincerity" with intricate beautiful music. There is obvious Porcupine Tree influence throughout the whole album, and naturally I loved it seeing as Porcupine Tree is one of my favorite bands. Anyways, going right into it, the instrumental prowess each musician presents is brilliant.

Guitar playing is definitely cutting edge, proving to be both speedy and turbulent at times when it is needed, but then immediately switching to heart-felt emotional guitar parts; especially at solos, very mellow and cool! The heavy riffing, ambient clean guitar and entrancing accoustic guitar all compliment each other perfectly throughout the album. Great examples of this are in songs like "Close," "Dead Peoples Review," and "Seeping" just to name a few. It's obvious that guitarist, Josh Theriot knows a lot about the instrument and how to get exactly what he wants out of it, simply great.

The vocals and lyrical content are very free-flowing, great melodies and the harmonization is just fantastic. I also really like the voice the lead singer has, comparable to Steven Wilson, which is in no way a bad thing. Overall Theriot delivers again with bass player Kenneth Wilson and keyboardist Brett Guillory adding to their list of talents with this tremendous and emotional display vocals.

The drumming is absolutely magnificent, one of the first things I noticed about the song "Close" was how addictive and smooth the drum beats were. Another great song with really technical and perfectly controlled drumming is "Sellout." Great control on the snare and extremely powerful drum fills using the double kick. The whole album has great drumming, very talented guy here!

I was also a really big fan of the bass in this album.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Bradley Kirk on April 10, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Let me say that I agree that these musicians are definitely a talented bunch and create some great music ambience. However, I also must say that this is the most blatant imitation/copy of Porcupine Tree I've ever heard(In Absentia, Deadwing anyways, hence the 3 star review). As one reviewer said his g/f thought it was a S.W. project. That's because it sounds exactly like PT from the vocal style/timing to the bass & guitar interaction. If you dont believe me listen to Mother May I on A.G'g album then listen to So Called Friend by PT and try to tell me I don't have a point. After all that, we can hope these guys will be able to find their own voice on their next effort. If you just can't get enough PT buy this album and pretend it's them, =P

Peace
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Chehardy on March 31, 2007
Format: Audio CD
The debut album from neo progressive rock quiintet, Abigail's Ghost, is amazing in its ability to capture so many styles of music and meld them into something uniquely their own. In contrast to the album's title, the songs are filled with sincere and passionate lyrics ranging from the child abandonment and neglect of Cerulean Blue and the death of a loved one in Seeping to the bleak outlook on the state of music with Sellout. What really makes this effort so amazing is the age of these guys; they started writing this album while they were all still in high school. The drummer, John Patrick, is a 19 year old Berklee College of Music student, yet he plays like a seasoned studio veteran. The album begins with a wicked, carnival-esque piece called Mazurka with low bassy drones and featuring the mandolin. This lurches into one of the highlights of the album, Close. From beginning to end, this album captivates and shines with spots of brilliance throughout.
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