Probably you know Ryan Gosling as a good looking actor from the dramatic movie The Notebook or the comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love. However, he not only has the looks but also the voice. I had no idea that this beau was in a band. Dead Man’s Bones were founded in the year 2007 and consist of Ryan Gosling and his friend Zach Shields.
- Release: July 2009
- 1. Intro
- 2. Dead Hearts
- 3. In the Room Where You Sleep
- 4. Buried in Water
- 5. My Body’s a Zombie for You
- 6. Pa Pa Power
- 7. Young & Tragic
- 8. Paper Ship
- 9. Lose Your Soul
- 10. Werewolf Heart
- 11. Dead Man’s Bones
- 12. Flowers Grow Out of My Grave
Their debut album and until now their only album starts with a quite weird intro in which a woman speaks about leaving her love after he died.
Their second song or you could also say their first proper song called Dead Hearts is a soft tune which slowly builds up some tension. It is dominated by percussion and drums which lend the track some powerful moments. However, the song remains quite and to me, it appears also dull. Although the end is special it’s not able to make it interesting or special. In my opinion, I think it’s a pity that they’ve chosen this weak song after the intro.
The title of the next song The Room Where You Sleep sounds somehow creepy but this is probably my absolute favourite tune. The beginning is fast, different to the first two tracks and much more special. It reminds a lot of the music project by the Blur singer called The Good, the Bad & the Queen which I’ve also written a review about. The interesting part is that this track changes its mood in the end where it gets slower and leaves the somehow happy feeling.
My Body’s a Zombie for You is a very slow and almost lazy song. The one thing which stands out is the children’s choir you here then and now. You may now be wondering why they included children’s voices in their album. It’s because the main theme for this debut was love stories about ghost and monsters as Gosling and Shields discovered they had a common interest in the Haunted Mansion ride at Disneyland. Knowing now the background of this album made me understand why they built up in some of their songs an awkward atmosphere of scary music and the high pitched voice of children.
Pa Pa Power is my second favourite song. The tune is happy and cheerful. The children’s choir on this track creates a happier atmosphere than on the other ones.
Paper Ships is probably the one title on this album that doesn’t fit very well with the mood created all in all. Especially the beginning reminds me more of a country singer with his background singer having a performance in front of a little a crowd and being not so motivated.
With Lose Your Soul they return back again to their initial mood. I’m not sure who sings this track but the deep voice is captivating. The beat underlines the dark, saddening and almost scary atmosphere. The voice reminds me a lot of bands like Editors or Interpol.
Werewolf Heart has due to the xylophone, in the beginning, more an easy going vibe but this doesn’t remain for too long. Because as soon the vocals are setting the mood changes again into the more calming and almost dull one.
Their second last song Dead Man’s Bones is another great track on their album. Country singer meets Editors, or something like that 😉 It has quite a fast beat which reminds me more of a Folk genre but the distinctive deep voice lends the song a great touch of New Wave.
All in all, it is definitely worth listening to, but the children’s choir is sometimes special and takes some getting used to. But if you are up to new and experimental songs then you should give it a try.
My rating: 7/10
If you only want to listen to a few songs and not the entire album then click here. When you open the information box the tracks are listed with the exact time.