The Ghost of the Mountain

The Ghost of the Mountain

by Tired PonyTired Pony


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The second long-player from Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody's alt-country project Tired Pony, Ghost of the Mountain goes a little light on the country, despite the pastoral production and the comforting presence of some weepy, mountainous pedal steel. Closer in timbre and texture to some of his meal ticket band's less meaty offerings, the 12-track collection nearly gets by on warmth alone. Lightbody's expressive yet even-tempered voice is the perfect match for unassuming sunset anthems like the evocative "All Things All at Once," the gently anthemic, group vocal-led "Blood," and the softly addled, keyboard-heavy opener "I Don't Want You as a Ghost." Starker numbers like the gentle, fingerpicked "Wreckage and Bone" and stoic closer "Your Way Is the Way Home" successfully marry the open road Americana that so obviously compels him to the overcast English folk-rock of artists like Gravenhurst, Mark Knopfler, and even Richard Hawley (minus all the reverb), resulting in something that feels a little like Coldplay unplugged. That said, Snow Patrol fans will find much to love here, as Lightbody has crafted a record that sounds enough like 2011's Fallen Empires that it feels like a twang-kissed companion piece rather than an entirely new project, and while his imagery-laden, generally safe distillation of American roots rock leans harder on the AOR/soft rock side of the railroad tracks, it's a train that is worth boarding for a stop or two, if only to admire the lovely view.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/30/2013
Label: All The Tired Horses
UPC: 0857223004052
catalogNumber: 300405
Rank: 79111

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tired Pony   Primary Artist
Scott McCaughey   Organ,Piano,Glockenspiel,Bass Guitar,Vocals,fender rhodes,Moog Bass
Peter Buck   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Guitar (12 String Electric),Guitar (Nashville),Guitar (Baritone)
Iain Archer   Acoustic Guitar,Autoharp,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Slide Guitar,Hand Clapping,Lap Steel Guitar
Richard Colburn   Organ,Percussion,Strings,Drums
Gary Lightbody   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Guitar (Nashville)
Minnie Driver   Vocals
Betsey Lee   Banjo,Vocals
Esme Lee   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Jacknife Lee   Organ,Dulcimer,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Piano,Glockenspiel,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Thumb Piano,Hand Clapping,Shaker,String Machine,Guitar (Tenor),Guitar (Baritone),Bass Harmonica
Troy Stewart   Piano,Bass Guitar,Vocals,fender rhodes,Lap Steel Guitar,Wurlitzer,String Machine
Bronagh Gallagher   Vocals
Kim Topper   Vocals

Technical Credits

Sam Bell   Engineer
Gary Lightbody   Composer,Cover Photo
Jacknife Lee   drum machine,beats
Matt Bishop   Engineer
Tired Pony   Composer
Lilac Emery-Haynes   Back Cover Photo

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