John Grant - Pale Green Ghosts
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2013 Ratings: #54 / 956
Year End Rank: #22
User Score
Based on 121 ratings
2013 Ratings: #146
March 11, 2013 / Release Date
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Bella Union / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
musicOMH

It’s a towering achievement, building on what has come before while expanding it in astonishing ways. 

100
No Ripcord

Grant’s work here aims at something much more rare than perfect – to be entirely necessary, serving to not only function as an essential outpouring for the artist, but as a well-intentioned fount of advice to the listener

90
The 405

John Grant has been through a hell of a lot in his 44 years and Pale Green Ghosts stands as a testament to being open, honest and creative when it matters most. 

81
Paste

With Grant’s new Icelandic roots and electronica loyalties as a foundation for the sonic properties of Pale Green Ghosts—likely a far cry from the Midlake-backed organ-roots rock of Queen…—the album somehow retains everything that’s made Grant such an anomaly in the underground pop world.

80
NME

He said it best himself: this is audacious stuff from one talented motherfucker. 

70
Drowned in Sound

There's the occasional dud, and occasional dull moment, but Pale Green Ghosts mostly succeeds in expanding Grant's musical palette, and his wry, knowing observations and lyricism remain as sharp as ever.

70
DIY

It’s not all change though, there is still a sense of continuity.

70
Pitchfork

Grant's ease of disclosure can be unnerving,  but it's this sense that nothing is (seemingly) too private for him to share in a song that makes Pale Green Ghosts so potent and, ultimately, accessible.

CheapandLethal
90
Superb
daFigz
73
While Grant's creative efforts are well represented on "Pale Green Ghosts" it comes off as slightly less than accomplished. This disc is one that I find that I too often skip tracks to get to one that captures my interest. Live he's a different story. Here.. well, 'nuff said. My suggestion: Borrow it for Pale Green Ghosts and Black Belt.
cwmDJ
53
acoustic tracks with some electronica, boring rambling lyrics, average singing and very little melody
joewindlebrox
59
Very blatant and heart on the sleeve lyrics mixed with some cool musical choices make for a solid album all around.
Antonis
65
Uneven.
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Track List

  1. Pale Green Ghosts 
  2. Blackbelt  
  3. GMF  
  4. Vietnam  
  5. It Doesn't Matter To Him 
  6. Why Don't You Love Me Anymore   
  7. You Don't Have To
  8. Sensitive New Age Guy  
  9. Ernest Borgnine   
  10. I Hate This Town  
  11. Glacier
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