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'Love Kills'
(Inverse Records)
Release Date: 10th October 2014

Ian Sutherland

ian sutherland

my own ghost

My Own Ghost are a five piece band from Luxembourg, in fact they may be the only band I've ever come across who are from that tiny country at the centre of western Europe. Always good to break new ground!

The music turns out to be slightly eclectic. These Luxembourgians play a kind of pop/rock style with some electronic leanings included and have a penchant for lots of melodies and throwing in a big guitar solo when they can.

Singer Julie Rodesch has a strong and pleasantly melodic voice, nice enough to suit the pop sensibilities the band are keen to include but strong enough to be heard clearly over the rest of the musicians when they decide they want to rock out a bit.

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'Free Fall' is a good example of this as it has a nice chugging guitar riff and some clever electronic flourishes with an energetic driving chorus showing off those melodic vocals. It also sounds a bit busy at times with all the members of the band trying to get into the forefront of the song at the same time so it's a relief when the quieter bridge or the guitar solo cut in. It's a nice to hear them give each other room to breathe which maybe doesn't happen often enough.

'Crystal Ball' is the song they've chosen to use in the traditional promotional video and it's a reasonable slice of powerpop with rock overtones but sounds a bit too lightweight and throwaway for my tastes. I think another track like maybe the challenging and dramatic 'Beautiful Mistake' with it's electronic overtones and short but effective guitar solo or the driving pop/rock of 'Waiting In The Wings' would have showcased what they do well better.

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Overall 'Love Kills' is an enjoyable slice of lightweight pop-rock and the electronic touches and some imaginative guitar work give the whole sound extra depth. However too many of the songs sound similar, especially on the choruses and there are some fairly good songs here but nothing that really stands out to grab me.

Worth a listen though if you like your rock music melodic with a large slice of pop sometimes.Oh and if I'd had to guess I would have said they sounded American so apparently that's what Luxembourgian music sounds like!

Line Up:
Julie Rodesch - Vocals
Fred Brever - Guitars
David Soppelsa - Guitars
Joe May - Bass
Michael Stein - Drums


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