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Selling Insincerity [CD, Original recording]

Abigail's GhostAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • 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: #274,458 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A mindblowing debut 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Pure Beauty... 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
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but imitated. 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

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Smells Like Porc but I love it! October 30, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I'm really enjoying this album a lot. At first blush it sounds like a Porcupine Tree album which isn't a bad thing but after repeated listenings you pick up on the subtle nuances of their style and the music starts to separate itself somewhat from the PT comparison. The only track that makes me wince, at least as far as sounding like a complete ripoff of a PT song is Cerulean Blue which sounds a lot like the Creator Has a Mastertape from In Absentia. Having said that, I still dig the song. You know it wasn't that long ago that Steve Wilson was accused of ripping off Pink Floyd when Voyage 34 was released. He seems to have found his own voice and style thank you very much. They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. That may be true, but in this case this debut by Abigails Ghost goes beyond mere imitation. If you are a fan of PT or music in that style check this out. Its very good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars If you love Porcupine Tree's "Stupid Dream"
Okay, there's more to it than that. However, I think it was heavily influenced by the Stupid Dream era Porcupine Tree stuff (which is not necessarily a bad thing, mind you) It's... Read more
Published 17 months ago by T. Hudson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Neo-prog in the Porcupine Tree style
One branch of the neo-prog (or termed by some as post-prog) genre has integrated the darker tones first established by King Crimson & Van der Graaf Generator into a more... Read more
Published 21 months ago by R. Kallet
4.0 out of 5 stars love sounds good
Brought this CD back to the cottage some time ago. Me love it! Especially love sounds - kinda spooky & static-e. Read more
Published on April 14, 2011 by Sanityclaus
3.0 out of 5 stars On the verge
I just like everyone else here, think that Abigail's Ghost sounds very similar to Porcupine Tree. In reality, they sound like Porcupine Tree, Blackfield, Opeth, Dream Theater plus... Read more
Published on August 23, 2009 by Scrubbycritter
4.0 out of 5 stars Great debut regardless of copycat criticism...
Abigail's Ghost is a talented band. All facets of their music is created with a great deal of thought. I would classify it as "thinking man's music. Read more
Published on July 17, 2009 by Irishking
3.0 out of 5 stars Wot? This isn't Porcupine Tree?
Overall I like these guys... but seriously, could they be a bigger ripoff of PT? Down to the album artwork an everything. It's almost like hearing the out-takes of PT songs. Read more
Published on July 16, 2009 by V. Kathuria
3.0 out of 5 stars Imitation of the Tree
If you have never heard of Porcupine Tree, you will probably love this album. The songs are well written, crafted, played, and recorded. However, it has all been done before. Read more
Published on December 26, 2008 by Bruboy1969
3.0 out of 5 stars OK Run-of-the-Mill Prog.
People seem obsessed - almost vitriolic - when comparing Abigail's Ghost to Porcupine Tree. I am a long-time devotee of PT and Steven Wilson. Read more
Published on November 17, 2008 by D. Benz
4.0 out of 5 stars Here's to hoping Abigail's Ghost takes some chances on future...
THE BAND: Joshua Theroit (vocals, guitars), Kenneth Wilson (bass), Brett Guillory (keyboards), Randy LeBoeuf (guitars), John Patrick (drums & percussion). Read more
Published on October 10, 2008 by R. Gorham
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece of prgressive rock
This is simply one of the best albums I have heard recently. Sure it sounds like Porcupine Tree/Steve Wilson projects as others have alluded to; so what. Read more
Published on September 12, 2008 by Ian Cartwright
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