This Is a Hospital

The Ghost

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This Is a Hospital Review

by Jason D. Taylor

The Ghost is the average college indie rock band, playing songs that convey emotion without relying on thunderous guitar sequences or screechy bellowing. Actually, This Is a Hospital is an album that is unnaturally laid-back, despite Brian Moss' slight tendency to holler out lyrics as if they were too painful to be contained. Shane Stevens' melodic guitar playing keeps the tone light, skipping happily from chord to chord in a never-ending waterfall of positivity. Lyrically, This Is a Hospital doesn't hold back; songs like "By the Books" and "The Exhibition" are scathing in their intensity yet brutally honest. The Ghost shows solid knowledge of harmonic dissonance, aligning beautiful melodies with abrasive screams, yet their brand of emocore music is quite satisfying to the ears. Vocal patterns and musical arrangements on This Is a Hospital are reminiscent of Thursday, and are equally pleasurable. Standout songs include "Death by the Bay" and "My First and Last"; each have memorable hooks that work their way into one's subconscious and are worthy of multiple listens. Though the Ghost is apt to be the type of band you might see playing a smoky pool hall on a college campus, This Is a Hospital displays much potential for a group who only played their first show less than a year before this album's release.

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