(2007) Mr. Spookhouse's Pink House

The Dead Bodies

... read moreThe keyboard instrumental "Preface" that opens the debut album by the Dead Bodies offers few clues as to what may lie within. If anything, it sounds like one of those becalmed but portentous instrumental fanfares that litter symphonic goth metal albums. And then there's another keyboard-based...

45′:30″ 16 Songs

1
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Preface
2:20
2
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Welcome To Town
2:07
3
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Pink Muff Dance Party Vampire Resolve
4:01
4
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Mr. Spookhouse Himself
3:09
5
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Mr. Spookhouse's Final Drive
2:48
6
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Voice From Above
2:53
7
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11 Second To Live
1:45
8
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In Heaven, We All Are
3:32
9
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Spider Vision
0:57
10
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Interlude
2:07
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Dancing Has No Class
3:19
12
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Breathing Snow Part Two
3:14
13
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The Orphan Song
3:19
14
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Tuesday's Juice
3:33
15
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An Afteroon
3:25
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The Container
3:01
Released 17 April 2007, 2007 Quite Scientific Records

Review

The keyboard instrumental "Preface" that opens the debut album by the Dead Bodies offers few clues as to what may lie within. If anything, it sounds like one of those becalmed but portentous instrumental fanfares that litter symphonic goth metal albums. And then there's another keyboard-based instrumental with a creepy circus atmosphere. Then another, which sounds like it should be the perky instrumental bed from an industrial safety film from the '70s. Finally, on "Mr. Spookhouse Himself," singer/songwriter Jonathan Weier finally makes an appearance, limning out the obtuse elements of the story so far, and then promptly drops out of view on the spooky "Mr. Spookhouse's Final Drive." By this point, it's easiest to simply stop trying to figure it out and let the album ride. Mixing the horror movie obsessions of the Doleful Lions with a uniquely mellow and often quite pretty line in delicate indie pop tunes, Mr. Spookhouse's Pink House occasionally recalls everyone from Of Montreal to R. Stevie Moore to Air. As a whole, the album doesn't really make a lick of sense, but Mr. Spookhouse's Pink House is an entertaining ride for those with patience enough not to get annoyed at its willful eccentricities. ~ Stewart Mason