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Ghostory

School of Seven Bells

Ghostory

Third album of electronic dream pop and shoegaze from the New York duo

ADM rating[?]

6.9

Label
Vagrant
UK Release date
28/02/2012
US Release date
28/02/2012
  1. 9.0 |   BBC

    For a band that once threatened to run out of ideas, Ghostory is a staggeringly beautiful success
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  2. 9.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Everything School of Seven Bells' swooping/swirling debut promised, and all the things the follow-up wasn’t to be
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  3. 8.0 |   State

    Ghostory deserves, and indeed demands, your full attention
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  4. 8.0 |   Q

    Every beat, every chime has been placed with precision that is more than just dream-logic. Print edition only

  5. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    The remaining twosome have actually become more ambitious
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  6. 8.0 |   The Fly

    Whether or not it facilitates the success they want, ‘Ghostory’ is as potent and decadent as School Of Seven Bells have ever been
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  7. 8.0 |   music OMH

    The wistful, sighing harmonies are still present at times, but there is an urgency to the music that wasn't apparent before
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  8. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Pastel-coloured vocals are layered over dance beats and huge, sweeping washes of ambient electronic
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  9. 8.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    If you dig it, you’ll want Ghostory to swallow you into a dimension where there’s no pain and nothing hurts
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  10. 8.0 |   Bowlegs

    They have produced their most consolidated and substantial work to date. This album could well turn out to be a surprise treasure of the year
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  11. 8.0 |   The Digital Fix

    A must if your late 80s and early 90s were about the 4AD noiseniks rather than the Factory baggy boys
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  12. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Grander in scale than their previous efforts, with each track of this nine-song collection produced with a glacial sheen
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  13. 7.6 |   The AU Review

    A very atmospheric type of sound, that is strangely calming despite its upbeat nature
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  14. 7.5 |   The 405

    A member down, the record has far more of an identity than the previous two, and finds School of Seven Bells coming to terms with their signature sound
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  15. 7.4 |   Beats Per Minute

    The undertone feels triumphant as if they’ve regained their spirit as a group, or now rather a duo
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  16. 7.0 |   DIY

    'Ghostory' is fantastically glossy and mystical. This could be their most commercial record yet
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  17. 6.9 |   Pitchfork

    Whereas the sound they courted on Alpinisms intended to recreate the overwhelming physical bliss of shoegaze, Ghostory takes after a fundamental meditative tranquility
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  18. 6.8 |   Paste Magazine

    Generally a sharp, full-bodied collection of tracks from what is now an equally sharp, full-bodied duo
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  19. 6.5 |   Prefix

    The album is so cleanly produced that it sounds like they can't afford a flaw. And ironically, it's this seeming aversion to being perceived as imperfect that holds them back
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  20. 6.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    Ghostory is well on par with the strident ephemera to which followers of this project have become accustomed
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  21. 6.0 |   God Is In The TV

    A good album, but not a great one
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  22. 6.0 |   The Quietus

    In stripping back they expose their flaws
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  23. 6.0 |   Under The Radar

    Ultimately a very pretty album, it's difficult not to view Ghostory as a mere specter of School of Seven Bells' potential
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  24. 6.0 |   Rave Magazine

    A relatively streamlined alt-pop LP, Ghostory sounds very much like a SVIIB record despite being more reliant on conventional beats
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  25. 6.0 |   Uncut

    Their most polished confection yet. Print edition only

  26. 6.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    Glassy-eyed goth-pop is the order of the day, thriving off driving bass/drums, amniotic electronics and spectrally forlorn vocals
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  27. 6.0 |   The Skinny

    Ghostory isn’t the sound of a band regaining momentum so much as one still toiling to find it
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  28. 6.0 |   Mojo

    Lie back and have your temples massaged by the underworld. Print edition only

  29. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    They've claimed there's a concept behind Ghostory but with barely audible lyrics it's the melodies that elevate these nine songs
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  30. 5.0 |   Blurt

    Most of the songs are littered with cosmic debris, but fortunately it's all relegated to the background so as not to interfere with the percolating pace
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  31. 4.0 |   Pop Matters

    Without the harmonies and counterpoint of sister Claudia to lend interest and texture, Alajandra is left to rely on the instrumental background for support, and frankly there just isn’t much going on to help her out
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  32. 4.0 |   NME

    None of it even scratches the arse of 'euphoric' - once their forte
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