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Radical Face
Ghost
Morr Music
www.radicalface.com


Ben Cooper and his one man band Radical Face have created yet another gem that is likely to be found in Zach Braff's CD collection. Cooper sounds like he could have influences which range from Death Cab For Cutie to Margot And The Nuclear So and So's. The Floridian, who is also half of the duo Electric President, has taken his project in a more acoustic and somewhat mainstream direction. Ghost is Cooper's sophomore LP under the Radical Face banner and it proves to be a valiant effort.

The album is full of catchy tunes; although Cooper's nasal voice could turn many people off. The album title Ghost describes the essence of most of the tracks, with each containing somewhat eerie and haunting melodies accompanied by muted vocals that tend to seem more like background noise than vocals at times. The chord progressions are innovative and interesting without being 'experimental'. Tracks such as "Asleep on a Train" and "Welcome Home" show that you get more bang for your buck with their many intriguing layers combined to form a perfectly balanced work of art. Other tracks such as "Homesick", a tune which combines only acoustic guitar, the piano and a lo-fi vocals, are far simpler, yet have an inherent beauty in the simplicity.

Like many albums, each and every track on the album is not a keeper, but there are several great songs which should be heard by any self-respecting indie fan. If you're looking to add some excellent chillout music to your indie collection, Radical Face is what you should be digging through the CD bins for.

-Liger Woods

Track Listing:
1. Asleep on a train
2. Welcome home
3. Let the river in
4. Glory
5. The strangest things
6. Wrapped in
7. Piano strings
8. Along the road
9. Haunted
10. Winter is coming
11. Sleepwalking
12. Homesick


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