The Ghost of the Mountain

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
The second long-player from Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody's alt-country project Tired Pony, Ghost of the Mountain goes a little light on the country, despite the pastoral production and the comforting presence of some weepy, mountainous pedal steel. Closer in timbre and texture to some of his meal ticket band's less meaty offerings, the 12-track collection nearly gets by on warmth alone. Lightbody's expressive yet even-tempered voice is the perfect match for unassuming sunset anthems like the evocative "All Things All at Once," the gently anthemic, group vocal-led "Blood," and the softly addled, keyboard-heavy opener "I Don't Want You as a Ghost." Starker...
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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
The second long-player from Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody's alt-country project Tired Pony, Ghost of the Mountain goes a little light on the country, despite the pastoral production and the comforting presence of some weepy, mountainous pedal steel. Closer in timbre and texture to some of his meal ticket band's less meaty offerings, the 12-track collection nearly gets by on warmth alone. Lightbody's expressive yet even-tempered voice is the perfect match for unassuming sunset anthems like the evocative "All Things All at Once," the gently anthemic, group vocal-led "Blood," and the softly addled, keyboard-heavy opener "I Don't Want You as a Ghost." Starker numbers like the gentle, fingerpicked "Wreckage and Bone" and stoic closer "Your Way Is the Way Home" successfully marry the open road Americana that so obviously compels him to the overcast English folk-rock of artists like Gravenhurst, Mark Knopfler, and even Richard Hawley (minus all the reverb), resulting in something that feels a little like Coldplay unplugged. That said, Snow Patrol fans will find much to love here, as Lightbody has crafted a record that sounds enough like 2011's Fallen Empires that it feels like a twang-kissed companion piece rather than an entirely new project, and while his imagery-laden, generally safe distillation of American roots rock leans harder on the AOR/soft rock side of the railroad tracks, it's a train that is worth boarding for a stop or two, if only to admire the lovely view.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/30/2013
  • Label: All The Tired Horses
  • UPC: 857223004052
  • Catalog Number: 300405
  • Sales rank: 12,729

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tired Pony Primary Artist
Scott McCaughey Organ, Piano, Glockenspiel, Bass Guitar, Vocals, fender rhodes, Moog Bass
Peter Buck Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Guitar (12 String Electric), Guitar (Nashville), Guitar (Baritone)
Iain Archer Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Autoharp, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Slide Guitar, Hand Clapping, Lap Steel Guitar
Richard Colburn Organ, Percussion, Strings, Drums
Gary Lightbody Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Guitar (Nashville)
Minnie Driver Vocals
Betsey Lee Banjo, Vocals
Esme Lee Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Jacknife Lee Organ, Dulcimer, Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Mandolin, Piano, Glockenspiel, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Thumb Piano, Hand Clapping, Shaker, String Machine, Guitar (Tenor), Guitar (Baritone), Bass Harmonica
Troy Stewart Piano, Bass Guitar, Vocals, fender rhodes, Lap Steel Guitar, Wurlitzer, String Machine
Bronagh Gallagher Vocals
Kim Topper Vocals
Technical Credits
Sam Bell Engineer
John Davis Mastering
Gary Lightbody Composer, Cover Photo
Jacknife Lee drum machine, beats
Matt Bishop Engineer
Tired Pony Composer
Lilac Emery-Haynes Back Cover Photo
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