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Bride Of Chaotica: Ghosts On Television

Opening an album with a cover version, especially one as iconic as "California Dreamin'", is a dangerous ploy. Unless it's a knock you sideways, verging on definitive take on the classic song, then surely it suggests a lack of confidence in what comes next? Maybe not always, but with this perfunctory garage meets The Shadows instrumental take on The Mamas And Papas classic not exactly setting the heather on fire, expectations remain low. In truth, it's pretty much indicative of what else you can expect to find on Ghosts On Television, perfectly decent and flowing guitar rock floating from the speakers with little excitement or drama.

The press sheet that accompanies this new offering from Bride Of Chaotica suggests the band have placed a new emphasis on their classic British psychedelic-rock leanings. However there's little in the way of the edgy atmosphere, or progressive tendencies that suggests. Yes "Pagan Jeopardy" decides to up the guitar quotient, but the result is more fuzzed up rock n' roll than early Pink Floyd, whereas the playful jaunt of "Melancholy Girl" never really seems to know where it's headed. Again there's an attempt to build some sort of enigmatic base, but with everything just so polite and unassuming, the effects merely brush off you and are quickly forgotten.

Unfortunately it's a theme that runs right across the whole fourteen track album, uneventful tunes performed with heart and soul, but without the direction, urgency or cutting edge to elevate them above background music. "The Night Of The Living Zombie" does try to jazz things up and makes a decent fist of it, while the shimmering synth based "Traumerei" reveals a subtle progressive side that doesn't come through often enough. However these are exceptions in a sea of similarity that neither breeds contempt nor familiarity, instead causing you to zone out. Until that is, the album's second cover the equally classic Beatles number, "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" closing the album out with as little fanfare as it began. The dangerous move to bring nothing new or exciting to a well loved song taken not once, but twice.

If you like your music easy, easy, easy, with a side order of easy, then the far from aptly named Bride Of Chaotica may be for you. Those requiring something remotely close to eventful, need look elsewhere...

Track Listing
1. California Dreamin'
2. The Lathe of Heaven
3. Funk in Bb
4. Go Go Deluxe
5. Traumerei
6. Cleveland Kind of Way
7. Alone in the Dark
8. Pagan Jeopardy
9. Melancholy Girl
10. Lonesome and a Long Ways from Home
11. The Science of Rust
12. Splendor in the Grass
13. The Night of the Living Swing Zombies
14. While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Added: March 18th 2017
Reviewer: Steven Reid
Related Link: Bride Of Chaotica at CD Baby
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Language: english

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