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You've got to love marketing, especially when it ends up serving a good purpose. Ghostland's 1998 debut was sadly neglected by listeners -- at least until the trance remix of "Guide Me God" hit the dancefloors. And now, what happens but that album appears under the title of...Guide Me God. But a rose is a rose, no matter the name, and the soulful, cinematic sound of Ghostland is wonderful. Sinéad O'Connor takes the vocals on the title cut (as she does on "Blue" and "Your Time Will Come"), with the sweep of an orchestra behind her on a song that truly does sound like a prayer (notably, the track stands alone here -- on the original release it faded into the next cut), but the vision throughout is by the main trio of Justin Adams, John Reynolds, and Caroline Dale, who bring together Celtic, Arabic, and modern classical influences in a wonderfully minimalist way. All too often, it's Dale who takes the high ground here, with some resonant cello lines that can recall Arvo Pärt, as on "Ghostland." Natacha Atlas contributes some exquisite singing, too (combining with O'Connor on the title cut, although she keeps more in the background). Throughout there's a delicate, ethereal beauty (and often majesty) that leaves the listener in no doubt that there's more than one song to Ghostland.
Performance CreditsGhostland Primary Artist
London Metropolitan Orchestra Track Performer,Strings
Natacha Atlas Vocals
Caroline Dale Cello
Carol Isaacs Piano
Claire Kenny Bass
Liz Layton Violin
Sinéad O'Connor Vocals
Liam Ó Maonlaí Drones
Matthew Seligman Bass,Moog Synthesizer
Abdel Ali Slimani Percussion
Paul Willey Violin
Ian King Violin
Philip Dukes Viola
Justin "Scarecrow" Adams Guitar
David Daniels [cello] Cello
Technical CreditsArabella Rodriguez Engineer
Rob Dickins Art Direction
Jake Reynolds Poetry
Tim Oliver Engineer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Sinead O'Connor really took this and ran with it. She sounds incredible so sensual, exotic, emotional, and beautiful. A must have for anybody that likes good music.