Windsor for the Derby
Ghost gets off to a rocky start, despite the newfound stability. The Animal Collective-esque rhythmic freakout "Dirge for a Pack of Lies" is followed incongruously by the breezy, keyboard-driven "Empathy for People Unknown." Its breathy vocals spit such unfortunate phrases as "I wanna be someone that you can trust" in an overly melodramatic staccato.
But backing Windsor's less-than-stellar lyrics are more-than-compelling arrangements. Ghost recalls the best moments of 1999's outstanding Difference and Repetition with its repetitive, slowly growing melodies. The nearly seven-minute "Giving Up" expands steadily from a whisper to an almost pop melody. "The Light Is On" morphs over its duration from a trance-inducing tapestry of interwoven chords into a passionate chant of "turn from the sun." The quartet's acoustic melancholy comes off like a watercolor version of Red House Painters. That blurriness makes the best parts of Ghost feel more like a collection of dreams, from which Windsor will hopefully never awaken.
-- Catherine P. Lewis