This album came to me courtesy of our good friend, Nick, over at Prog-Sphere.com. Stations of the Ghost is a swirling space rock trip that revives the atmospheres from the good old Pink Floyd days. Texturally and melodically, it is ambitious to say the very least but did Earthling Society bite off more than they can chew? We’ll see.
Compositionally, I think there were a lot of fantastic choices made. It’s very refreshing to hear somebody finally playing a major key and playing it well. Not only that, but they’ve done a great job of mixing things up track to track, but each song manages to develop very nicely along the way. There also seems to be a lot of attention given to making sure that each song has a strong melody and not just a bunch of neat chords. So far, these cats get a 9 out of 10.
On a production level, things are well done but only to a certain point. The vocal effects are a nice touch but on occasion the buckets and buckets of reverb tend to rob the singer’s voice of its definition. When the individual notes in a melody have a hard time punching through, the melody itself loses some of its impact. I wouldn’t consider this to be a major issue on Stations of the Ghost, but I feel that it’s something that should be reconsidered on future releases.
In the end, this is a pretty spiffy album. It reminds me of a lot of the tunes that my dad and I listened to on the classic rock radio station when I was a kid. Earthling Society have managed to update the vibe enough to make it their own but at no point do they betray their roots. This one is certainly worth your time.
Jeff Higgins is the founder of Groove Sandwich and this has been a welcome break from Bush's Sixteen Stone which has been in Jeff's CD player for two weeks.