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Ghost Story

a Studio release

Release Year: 2004

Date Label Catalog # Comments
Bloodfish zyz-1618
Added To Proggnosis Database on: 3/13/2004 12:00:00 AM
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  1. everynight
  2. feel the radiation
  3. a curse of miracles
  4. kiteman
  5. wily creilly
  6. beyond the shadow of doubt
  7. ghostforest
  8. universally
  9. come out tonight
Sam Fenster
Rich Hutchins
Drums, Gongs
Mark Sherkus
Keyboards, Guitars
Phideaux Xavier
Vocals, Guitars

Reviewed by Marc on 02 May 2006

Ghost Story is my second encounter with Phideaux, having recently listened to their excellent 2005 effort Chupacabras (see my other review).

There are some important differences between the two albums. There are no epic tracks on Ghost Story and the music is closer to genre I would call "Prog Pop", compared to the more Symphonic Prog found on Chupacabras. Much of the tracks are in the 5 to 7 minute range and are mostly song based. There are no long instrumental sections to be found in the songs.

Listening to Chupacabras, I cannot help myself to be reminded of songs by Mike Oldfield and Allan Parsons, even though Phideaux's music always has more of an edge to it. When the mood get's darker, some Porcupine Tree references can also be heard, in part because of the lead singing.

The material on Chupacabras is very strong. Not once, even after a few listenings, was I tempted to skip a track. Great music, well performed by a group of talented people. Not as frequently found as we would like it to be. Recommended.