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These Ghosts Have Bones

These Ghosts Have Bones

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by Miles Zuniga
     
 

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Fastball were hardly the best of the one-hit wonder alt-rock acts to skitter across the radar in the 1990s, but they were inarguably better than most of their peers; that said, what is anyone supposed to expect from the first solo album from Fastball's guitarist? Probably not quite what they get from Miles Zuniga's These Ghosts Have Bones<

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Fastball were hardly the best of the one-hit wonder alt-rock acts to skitter across the radar in the 1990s, but they were inarguably better than most of their peers; that said, what is anyone supposed to expect from the first solo album from Fastball's guitarist? Probably not quite what they get from Miles Zuniga's These Ghosts Have Bones, a collection of 11 Beatlesque pop tunes that chronicle a relationship that's clearly crashed and burned. The liner notes describe These Ghosts Have Bones as "a record/therapy session by Miles Zuniga", and it was written and recorded in the wake of a messy divorce; while the material is tuneful and lively enough that this doesn't sound like a weepy meditation on lost love, the lyrical focus of these songs is pretty hard to avoid, and if Zuniga isn't crying, he has good reason not to sound happy as he senses his spouse's infidelity on "Feel It in Your Kiss," tries to decide what to do with himself on "Elizabeth," and struggles to fool himself and others on "You Can't Break My Heart." While Tony Scalzo sang the bulk of Fastball's hits, Zuniga's voice has an agreeable regular-guy tone (with the slightest vocal resemblance to John Lennon) that suits the theme and approach of this album very well, and he's got an impressive way with a melody, giving these tunes a buoyant and intelligent pop sound that softens the blow of the more cynical material. Bassist Bruce Hughes and drummer John Chipman fill out the songs with admirable color and restraint, and Zuniga's production is crisp and effective, aided by the warm, clean tone of Bob Clearmountain's mix. Zuniga is hardly the first musician to wrench an album's worth of material from a broken heart, but These Ghosts Have Bones manages to sound entirely honest about the hurt brought on by a busted marriage while coupling his lyrics to killer pop melodies, and the mingled joy and sadness of this album only makes the emotional impact on both sides more effective. These Ghosts Have Bones is a splendid solo debut for Zuniga, though hopefully he won't have to go through another divorce in order to come up with a suitable follow up.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/27/2011
Label:
33 1/3 Records
UPC:
0634457546523
catalogNumber:
1
Rank:
205470

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Miles Zuniga   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Moog Bass
Bruce Hughes   Bass,Background Vocals,Human Whistle
Kevin McKinney   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Rick Richards   Drums
Jeff Plankenhorn   Slide Guitar
Conrad Choucroun   Drums
Brian Beken   Fiddle,Mandolin
John Chipman   Drums
Kat Edmonson   Vocals
Justin Sherburn   Piano,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Peter Smith   Composer
Miles Zuniga   Composer,Producer
Lars Göransson   Engineer
Adam Levy   Composer
Michael Crow   Engineer
Paul Fucik   Layout
Oreste Gargaro   Composer
Brendan Rogers   Executive Producer
Bob Mackey   Executive Producer
Jose Salinas   Executive Producer
Karl Hébert   Layout

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