Despite a frightening similarity to Billy Joel, I like this song. Apparently Ghosts began as a band that openly dubbed their sound “Worse than Hanson”, so ‘Stay The Night’ is an obvious improvement on past work.
Yet, there is nothing fantastic, out-of-the-ordinary or piercing about this song; it is plaintive power-pop, focused on a couple of chords, a revolving sax interlude and average lyrics. It sounds inherently British, but more in an early Travis sort of way. So, up to this point, nothing special.
Yet I am a sucker for Britpop, and this is a well thought-out, cogent example of recycling a sound, be it Coldplay’s or Mr Joel’s, and then disseminating it through a dominant major chord, sing-along fashion. If you dislike singing or singing along for that matter, steer clear of Ghosts. If you secretly harbour a predilection for over-emotional melody and teenage lyrics, you may enjoy this.
Not enough to stay the night, but long enough to get on and off Casper to make the trip over worthwhile.
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