Cherry Ghost – Beneath This Burning Shoreline (Heavenly)

July 12, 2010 by  

The confines of the M60 have a habit of spawning good bands and Cherry Ghost are no exception. Having won an Ivor Novello award for their efforts on previous album, the Manchester band return with their second coming, Beneath This Burning Shoreline.

A deviation from Thirst For Romance (2007) and with a noticeable lack of three minute something radio friendly and crowd pleaser singles, album two is darker and perhaps a continuation of the more sinister elements of their previous work.

Opener ‘We Sleep on Stone’ complete with Johnny Cash drum loop and the trademark croon of song smith Simon Aldred, indicates that Cherry Ghost?s recent silence may have been a decoy whilst the band busily continued to sharpen their writing skills.

Sandwiched within the atmospheric swirls and liberal use of strings, which seem to replace the reliance on guitars used on the 2007 effort, the first single ‘Kissing Strangers’ has romance a plenty as it blossoms with the soaring vocal and string arrangement. Clearly a stand-out track, at times it is hard not to draw comparisons with Richard Hawley.

Towards the close, ‘Black Fang’ and ‘Luddite’ offer the more traditional Cherry Ghost fan a taste of perhaps what they were after.

The latter, ignited by Phill Anderson?s simple bass hook, provides the perfect bed for Aldred to tastefully belt out his poignant lyric ?build me a heart beat..? in a way that perhaps only he can.

Whilst Beneath This Burning Shoreline shows an overall more mature and somewhat advanced side to Cherry Ghost, in places the album feels sluggish and the crop of downbeat tracks provides an undeserved middle of the road feel which isn?t particularly warranted.

Despite such glitches the tracks largely offer a bed for the underrated voice of Aldred, a clear talent who truly shines on this album. This alone is enough reason for giving Cherry Ghost?s latest your attention.