Some acts have a sound that is distinctly theirs. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, of course, and there can be something quite reassuring about knowing you can bank on another dozen tunes which conform to expectations. Such is the way with ‘Ghost On Ghost’: a pleasant, occasionally saccharine listen, polishing the Seventies radio sound of ‘Kiss Each Other Clean’ and capturing the slightly easy-listening schmaltz that can occur when Sam Beam performs live. Quick ‘Mother Mary’ mention here and a gentle percussive shuffle there and it’s business as usual. Comforting, like a slab of rich chocolate cake, but with a similar sense of bloating.
Words by GARETH JAMES