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Schoolyard Ghosts

a Studio release
by
No-Man

Release Year: 2008

Date Label Catalog # Comments
2008 Kscope kscope103 CD, CD+DVDA, 2xLP
2014 Kscope kscope276 2xCD (Deluxe Edition, Mini LP sleeve)
10 Feb 2017 Kscope kscope 467 2xCD (Reissue)
KScope/Snapper Records
Added To Proggnosis Database on: 3/28/2008 12:00:00 AM
Entry Last Updated on: 12/11/2017 3:50:00 AM by: DBSilver
  1. All Sweet Things
  2. Beautiful Songs You Should Know
  3. Pigeon Drummer
  4. Truenorth
  5. Wherever There Is Light
  6. Song Of The Surf
  7. Streaming
  8. Mixtaped
DVD
  1. All Sweet Things
  2. Beautiful Songs You Should Know
  3. Pigeon Drummer
  4. Truenorth
  5. Wherever There Is Light
  6. Song Of The Surf
  7. Streaming
  8. Mixtaped
    Videos (stereo and surround sound):
  1. Truenorth
  2. All sweet things
  3. Wherver there is light
Schoolyard ghosts (alternates/edits), bonus CD:
  1. Truenorth part 1 - strings (1:50)
  2. Truenorth part 2 - alternate (3:51
  3. Beautiful songs you should know - alternate (3:49)
  4. Truenorth Part 2 - video edit (4:19)

Tim Bowness
Vocals


Steven Wilson
Guitars, Piano


With

Colin Edwin: Bass
Bruce Kaphan: Steel Guitar
Pat Mastelotto: Driums
Gavin Harrison: Drums
Theo Travis: Flute, Sax
London Session Orchestra arranged by Dave Stewart

Reviewed by Tina on 13 Jul 2008


The album starts with a melancholic All Sweet Things. Sad, laid back with a quiet piano and acoustic guitar. The vocals are good (as always). The simplistic melody creates a captivating and haunting feeling / texture. This is a good No-Man track and one that I like.

Pigeon Drummer is a little different with an almost angelic keys start, a short moment of silence to be followed by a sudden aggressive drums/keys section. This happens just twice but this is a track that will wake people up! It works for me but makes me jump on every album listen (and there have been a few full album listens of this!). Truenorth is the album epic (at 12 minutes plus) and takes me back to familiar No-Man music. Not overly complex with a gentle start with some nice percussion and keys. Nice atmospheric music with a gradual build-up; very melodic and relaxed. Wherever There Is Light is my favourite track on the album. I love the slide guitar. Gorgeous with a gentle rhythmic background and a nice flute.

Possibly not the most textual or varied No-Man album but it is a pleasant listen. I don't think No-Man fans will be disappointed and it is maybe one of the best No-Man albums to start with? The title of the album gives an indication of the general subject matter but it is not sensationalist, more a gentle reflection.