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On her debut disc, The Ghost Who Walks, Karen Elson spins intriguingly unsettling tales of lost love, dashed hope, romantic betrayal and various crimes of passion witnessed only by the full moon. Until now, the British-born Elson has been better known as a top model. The arrangements for her small band featuring the virtuosic Jackson Smith on guitar, Elson's longtime collaborator Rachelle Garniez on accordion and vocals, and husband-producer Jack White on drums.

1. The Ghost Who Walks
2. The Truth Is In The Dirt
3. Pretty Babies
4. Lunasa
5. 100 Years From Now
6. Stolen Roses
7. Cruel Summer
8. Garden
9. The Birds They Circle
10. A Thief At My Door
11. The Last Laugh
12. Mouths To Feed

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 25, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: XL Recordings / Third Man
  • ASIN: B003FVCZ90
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,761 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Shawn on May 25, 2010
Format: Audio CD
While this will get all sorts of attention for who she is and who she is married to, none of that matters because the album and songs stand on their own as instant classics. I feel like I could be listening to an album of standards by Gershwin, Cole Porter, or Rogers and Hart. I'm reminded a bit of Neko Case's country-fried tales; and Mrs. Elson's voice makes me think of the gals in the band Tilly and the Wall and occasionally even of Mama Cass Elliot with slightly less OOOOMPH! Just a positively delightful listen.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ALAN PLANT on August 18, 2010
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this cd was recommended by amazon based on my purchase of white stripes albums. i cannot get this out of my cd player, my wife and i both love it. the music genre is hard to label, a cross between folk,blue grass and rock and roll. i highly reccomend this cd.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By OHliviasOK on August 20, 2010
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Karen Elson AKA Mrs. Jack White has started her music career. A quick switch from being a model and rock star wife, she actually has a voice on her! It's a blue grass neo sixties style with Mr. White on the production side. Add in a few members from My Morning Jacket and you have Karen Elson's debut album. The first song, The Ghost That Walks, hooked me, which is why I have the album. Although the rest of the album is a bit disappointing. It's definitely a good place to start a career, but not an album I can listen to on repeat. Buy the song. Wait for her sophomore release. By then maybe she'll come more into her own and we will be calling Jack White Mr. Karen Elson.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Siward Ypma on October 26, 2013
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I was fortunate to have seen Karen Elson perform in Ponte Vedra, Florida last night, before I had heard this album (CD). Her performance consisted of a selection of songs from the disc, performed with herself on guitar and only a backup guitarist (no other instruments). I thought the songs were beautiful as performed. After chatting with her briefly, I bought this CD, which Ms. Elson graciously signed for me. Driving back from the concert I listened to the CD versions of the songs and ... I was completely blown away !!! With the added production and backing instruments, the songs became completely different. Still beautiful, but with an ethereal or haunting tone. Simply beautiful! I will be playing this disc for quite some time and will certainly purchase her next. I am so grateful I got to see Karen Elson perform ... and I am so grateful she created this beautiful CD for us to listen to.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cliff Sizemore on June 17, 2010
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I got this album and was absolutely blown away with it. I was expecting to hear a solid album after hearing a snippet of the title track, and mainly decided to give it a shot because I'm a big Jack White fan.

Karen's voice is amazing and the song writing is astounding for a first effort. Combine this with the band of musicians she and Jack put together and you get one of the top 5 albums of the new millennium.

The title track "The Ghost Who Walks" is one of the strongest along with the closing track, "Mouths to Feed". The passion and intensity is fully evident in these two gems, but there is not a weak track to be found. The feel of the album is a alt/goth/country mix, and reminds me somewhat of some of Mark Lanegan's solo albums such as Field Songs and Whiskey for the Holy Ghost.

The only negative thing I could muster after listening to this album for 4 days straight is wondering how she'll ever top her debut- not a bad problem to have. Get this disc, it is a must have.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nse Ette TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 26, 2010
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Karen Elson is a British model. She's also Mrs. Jack White. Hubby produced the album and played drums. There's also a Dead Weather here, and a Morning Jacket there. The sound is Folk/Alt Country/Pop with a touch of Lo Fi, and Elson sounding somewhat like Cat Power or Vanessa Paradis. One could spend time debating her celebrity connections, her talents, whether it's all down to hubby, or one could enjoy the album for what it is, beautiful intimate pieces that already feel familiar. This is definitely no shabby effort.

The album title is taken, she says, from her nickname at school bestowed upon her thanks to her height, pale skin, and
Haunted look. The title track is a sombre Blues-tinged death ballad, something like Nick Cave's duet with Kylie Minogue "Where the wild roses grow".

"The truth is in the dirt" is an organ-driven delight with a light Reggae lilt and squealing guitars which wouldn't sound out of place on an earlier White Stripes album. "Pretty babies" is truly spectacular, a light Tango feel and quivering guitars a perfect backdrop for her comfortably clear airy vocals (I love how she draws on the word "honey").

"100 years from now" is dainty Vaudeville,"Stolen roses" is a shuffling accordion-driven ballad, "Garden" is mournful fiddle-filled Country, Rachelle Garniez harmonises perfectly with her on the jangly "Cruel summer" (with the most melancholic strings) as well as on the beautiful "The birds they circle" (which sounds like the soundtrack to some spagetti Western).

"The last laugh" is a delicate acoustic ballad, and closing is the Bluesy organ-driven "Mouths to feed" (with haunting harmonies).

Elson says these are songs she's been writing since 2005 but was too shy to record. She was encouraged by White to record them and I'm glad he did. If you like She & Him, you should like this.
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