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Artist: Alien Skin
Title: Ghost In The Rain
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Two years from the album "The Unquiet Grave" issued by A Different Drum, Alien Skin is back with a new album titled "Ghost In The Rain". This time George decided to have full control on the album, so, he self released it. Since from its title "Ghost In The Rain" has a feeling of intimacy: it makes me think of gray days and introspection. Well, this is the third time in a row that I listen to it and that feeling is confirmed and it's enriched by all the nice tiny melodic arrangements that George put into the songs. Most of the ten songs are atmospheric mid tempos where George sings and whispers about memories of lost lovers. Take, for example, "Candy Lips". It sounds romantic and nostalgic and the atmosphere is made by groovy soft rhythms, synth pads, light piano chords and windy sounds. The melody kinda explodes into the refrain when George sings: "I hear a noise from afar, it's just your world tapping on your window frame". Also the following, "Vanishing Girl", is a beautiful one. It has a rhythm a little more upbeat compared to "Candy Lips" and lightly distorted bass lines. Just add catchy synth melodies and a good amount of reverb and you'll have a ghostly atmosphere which on the refrain is enriched by a female vocal solo. George Pappas with "Ghost In The Rain" confirmed himself to be a sophisticated songwriter who has a great taste for melody and arrangement. Check it out! Definitely...



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