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Ghost Poets (The) - 1993 The Ghost Poets

ARTIST: Ghost Poets, The
ALBUM: Ghost Poets
LABEL: Razor And Tie
YEAR: 1993


LINEUP: Michael Stanley - vocals, guitars, percussion * Jonah Koslen - vocals, guitars, bass * Bob Pelander - vocals, keyboards, percussion * Jennifer Lee - vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Darkness Darkness * 02 Everything * 03 Liars Moon * 04 Oh Jessi * 05 Casanova * 06 Broken Radio * 07 Two Hearts * 08 Somewhere Over Paris * 09 I Will Not Be Denied * 10 Why Should Love Be This Way * 11 The Promise * 12 Sights On You (Juliet Of The Spirit) * 13 Since You've Been Gone

I was a very late recruit to Michael Stanley's career and material, and only cottoned on to his rare class in the mid-late eighties. By then it was all over. Also, his cohort Jonah Koslen also had a reputation as a rare jewel in the AOR and melodic rock scene, and his one off album 'Aces' was as hard to find as rockinghorse droppings, though thankfully easy to obtain now from Joanh's website. So, it was with glee that The Ghost Poets came along, rekindling the musical experience I had initially missed. I was concerned somewhat because I had heard through the grapevine that Michael's health wasn't too good, but it seems he's moved on OK, and here is the result, a very different album, and one which is more of a 'sit down and absorb it' type of record. The mainstays of the MSB outfit plus local Cleveland singer Jennifer Lee are involved here, playing a supporting role on most of the tracks.

The Songs
I drifted from one track to the next, and enjoyed every song, and funnily enough, these songs are very different and don't flow with the usual consistency. The arrangements are a mix between those that are Stanley penned tracks versus Koslen tracks. The contrast is noticeable, and makes this album an interestingly refreshing mix. Jonah's voice has got an edge which can sound like Glenn Frey, then on the other hand can lilt into the horizon like Jimmy Buffet on a caribbean cruise, while Michael's voice has a timeless quality to it. Highlights for me include 'Liars Moon', 'Broken Radio' and the effortless 'Oh Jessi'.

In Summary
There won't be the usual dissection of songs here, just to say that it is a very good and complete album for those who appreciate good melodic music, bordering on pop, heartland rock, AC format ballads, and a hankering for eighties style rock from which these personnel originate from. A lovely listen indeed, and well worth the investment.

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#1 | Eric on December 26 2008 21:22:51
Somewhat disappointed by this release, perhaps I was expecting another MSB album?
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