Pale Green Ghosts

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After a breakthrough year that saw his exceptional solo debut Queen Of Denmark win MOJO’s album of 2010 and countless other accolades John Grant hasn’t rested on his laurels but created a follow-up that underlines his uncanny and charismatic talents. Recorded in Iceland and featuring Sinead O’Connor on guest vocals, the brilliant Pale Green Ghosts adds sublime notes of dark, gleaming electronica to the anticipated velveteen ballads, calling on all of Grant’s influences and tastes, presenting an artist at the peak of his powers.
All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
The title track from the ex Czars' frontman's second solo outing, the chilly, ...
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Editorial Reviews

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After a breakthrough year that saw his exceptional solo debut Queen Of Denmark win MOJO’s album of 2010 and countless other accolades John Grant hasn’t rested on his laurels but created a follow-up that underlines his uncanny and charismatic talents. Recorded in Iceland and featuring Sinead O’Connor on guest vocals, the brilliant Pale Green Ghosts adds sublime notes of dark, gleaming electronica to the anticipated velveteen ballads, calling on all of Grant’s influences and tastes, presenting an artist at the peak of his powers.
All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
The title track from the ex Czars' frontman's second solo outing, the chilly, electro-kissed Pale Green Ghosts, sounds like a Brendan Perry (of Dead Can Dance)-fronted Kraftwerk taking on a James Bond theme. Like much of the album, it's icy, stylish, pompous, and self-obsessed, which is the direct antithesis, at least sonically, of his previous album, the maudlin, confessional Queen of Denmark, which was made with the help of wistful Texas folk-rockers Midlake. Pale Green Ghosts, on the other hand, was recorded in Reykjavik, Iceland with the help of GusGus' Birgir Þórarinsson (Biggi Veira) and while Grant keeps the microscope firmly on himself throughout the 11-track set, he does so with more wit and panache than he did on the record's predecessor. Populated by slinky electro-pop cuts ("Sensitive New Age Guy" and "Black Belt"), saucy, Harry Nilsson-esque, chamber pop fight songs (the saucy "GMF," one of two tracks to feature backing vocals from Sinéad O'Connor), and melodramatic "Return to Oz"-era, Scissor Sisters-inspired ballads ("Vietnam," "I Hate This Town," and "Glacier"), Pale Green Ghosts has a little something for everyone, and while all of the over-sharing can be a little overbearing, Grant's huge, expressive, and oddly comforting voice acts as a sedative, turning even the saddest, raunchiest, and most uncomfortable turn of phrase into a caress.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/14/2013
  • Label: Partisan Records
  • UPC: 720841210429
  • Catalog Number: 21042
  • Sales rank: 32,211

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Pale Green Ghosts (6:03)
  2. 2 Black Belt (4:18)
  3. 3 GMF (5:13)
  4. 4 Vietnam (5:28)
  5. 5 It Doesn't Matter to Him (6:26)
  6. 6 Why Don't You Love Me Anymore? (6:11)
  7. 7 You Don't Have To (5:53)
  8. 8 Sensitive New Age Guy (4:41)
  9. 9 Ernest Borgnine (4:53)
  10. 10 I Hate This Town (4:03)
  11. 11 Glacier (7:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Grant Primary Artist, Vocals
Jakob Magnusson Bass
Sinéad O'Connor Background Vocals
David Pierce Trombone
Pétur Hallgrímsson Guitar
Gudmundur Petursson Acoustic Guitar
Sigurdur Bjarki Gunnarsson Cello
Fiona Brice Violin
Roland Hartwell Viola
Aron Pór Arnarsson Tambourine, Shaker
Chris Pemberton Piano
Mckenzie Smith Drums
Arthur Busby Violin
Keith Jordan Trumpet
Zbigniew Dubik Violin
Stephen Beall Viola
Katrin Meidell Viola
Joseph Ognibene Horn
Arnar Geir Omarsson Drums
Carl Murr Trombone
Buffi Jacobs Cello
Craig Leffer Cello
Smari Tarfur Acoustic Guitar
Paul Alexander Bass
Oskar Gudjonsson Saxophone
Andrzej Kleina Violin
Hayden Oliver Violin
Pete Clagget Trumpet
Jenny Sweetman Violin
Ron VonDreau Tuba
Technical Credits
John Grant Composer, Programming, Producer, Artwork
John Reynolds Vocal Producer
Noel Summerville Mastering
Biggi Veira Producer, Engineer, Mastering
Fiona Brice String Arrangements, Brass Arrangment
Aron Pór Arnarsson Producer, Engineer
Linda Loeskow Artwork
Hördur Sveinsson Cover Photo
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