A guitarist who died too soon, going by the name of Rust Epique, once said: "Bad art is still art." These words came back to me when listening to CocoRosie, and brought back the memories of when I was a young kid that listened to shitty music, like Crazy Town, which featured Rust Epique.
Anyway, as I was listening to CocoRosie this phrase hit me like a freight train. For it describes CocoRosie. Bad art is still art; you can't debate about that. However, is bad music still music? Do I, as a writer of Scene Point Blank, have the right to say what's bad music and what's good music? Of course I have, but that's beside the point. I'm blabbering. CocoRosie's new album The Adventures of Ghosthorse and Stillborn; that's what we're discussing here.
You are reading this because you want to know about The Adventures of Ghosthorse and Stillborn. To tell you the truth however, I'm at a loss as to what to say. "Rainbowarriors" is the album's opener, and it sounds like ERA ("Ameno", should ring a bell) on speed, with an added beat and vocals that, I think, resemble rap. The random scratching of the turntables strengthens my theory that it is indeed rap.
"Promise" actually sparked some hope within me. It is a song that would perfectly fit on the average Massive Attack album. My hopes were horribly crushed after "Promise" ended. "Bloody Twins" is nothing more then horrible vocals backed by the tunes from a musical box. "Japan," is the same story: horrible vocals, horrible lyrics, and horrible instrumentals. We all want to go to Japan, according to the women of CocoRosie. Well, not after hearing this song.
"Sunshine" is one of the upsides on The Adventures of Ghosthorse and Stillborn. It's soft, sweet and mellow; perfect for relaxing in the sun, like the title intends. After this last upside of the album, The Adventures of Ghosthorse and Stillborn remains strange and uncomfortable. The strange instrumentals remain, but hey; that's CocoRosie for ya.
I'm tempted to trash this album and be an elitist bastard, but I won't do it. Bad art is still art, and this is an absolute truth when it comes to CocoRosie. So, if you like freak folk and/or music that's just strange, CocoRosie's The Adventures of Ghosthorse and Stillborn is made for you. If you're not into it at all, you should stay the fuck away from this record.
4.0 / 10
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