GHOST

(SWEDEN)

PHANTOMIME

(2023)
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Covers
""Phantomime" is a well-balanced EP, which offers the pleasure of rediscovering some very good 70s/80s pop-rock tracks, but unfortunately Ghost doesn't take any adaptation risks..."
PROGRACER (25.05.2023)  
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Definitely established as a mainstream band with growing marketing potential, Ghost took a heavy turn with the recent "Impera". While the band's artistic courage was commendable, critics remained skeptical, and the album received only a lukewarm reception. As spring draws to a close, the omniscient Tobias Forge offers us "Phantomime", an EP of five covers whose set-list leaves us in doubt: 70s/80s pop rock and an Iron Maiden standard.

There's mainstream stuff too, with Genesis' 'Jesus He Knows Me' and Tina Turner's 'We Don't Need Another Hero', both of which were (and are) global standards. Their interpretation is very faithful to the originals, and Ghost's sonic touch is very much in evidence, so you'll find yourself humming along to these hits dressed up in highly effective Forge-style production.

The unconventional is also present, with Television's 'See No Fail' and The Stranglers' 'Hanging Around' receiving the same respectful treatment and far more flattering production than in their day (1977). They also demonstrate that the Swede draws his inspiration from repertoires more rooted in 70's American pop. Last but not least, the cover of Iron Maiden's legendary 'Phantom Of The Opera' gets a "good" mention, with the sound further fleshed out around Steve Harris's typical bass, brought to the fore in a mix that suffers, as a result, from a slight overexposure of the bass.

Impeccably performed, this EP of covers is almost too faithful to the original tracks. It's frustrating to see such artists taking so few artistic risks. They often take refuge in homage and respect for their illustrious influences, but some will no doubt regret this timidity of convenience. Nevertheless, "Phantomime" is a well-balanced EP that's a pleasure to listen to, fits in well with Ghost's identity and will undoubtedly appeal to the band's fans.
- Official website

TRACK LISTING:
01. See No Evil
02. Jesus He Knows Me
03. Hanging Around
04. Phantom Of The Opera
05. We Don't Need Another Hero

LINEUP:
Nameless Ghouls: Guitares / Basse / Claviers / Batterie
Tobias Forge: Chant
   
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TORPEDO
26/05/2023
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Les reprises, c'est souvent une bonne idée en concert lors d'un rappel par exemple et c'est une bonne surprise faite au public qui s'est déplacé. Par contre, en studio, ça fait plus opération marketing qu'autre chose, d'autant qu'elles restent très/trop proches des originaux et manquent d'un grain de folie qui les aurait transcendées.
LYNOTT
25/05/2023
  1
Je n'ai jamais trouvé à ces albums de reprises un intérêt quelconque. Et encore moins ici où les ressemblances avec les titres originaux sont de mise. Reste que le "Phantom" de Maiden est fort bien interprété, et que le "Jesus" de Genesis donne envie de taper du pied. Pour le reste, pour moi c'est flatline.
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