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8/10 Penrith Steve Customer review, 21st November 2014
Sam Beam is a pretty consistent artist. I can’t think of any of his albums that I have thought were not worthy of a few spins. His last couple of albums, “Kiss Each Other Clean” and now “Ghost on Ghost” have marked a slight departure from his acoustic folky work and he is bringing in new elements to his work. This album has a slight smooth jazz almost yacht rock feel to it, but is nevertheless good.
“Caught in the Briars” and “The Desert Babbler” are good examples of the enhanced Beam. There are more layers of sound, more backing vocals, elements of jazz. The first single “Grace for Saints and Ramblers” in and incredibly slick piece of grown-up indie-pop and is one the album’s best tracks. Star of the show, however, is the magnificent “Baby Centre Stage” which is a soulful ballad that closes the album. It is as good as anything that he has done, with the exception perhaps of “Walking far From Home”.
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