William Fitzsimmons
Until When We Are Ghosts


5.0
classic

Review

by Jared Ponton STAFF
December 23rd, 2010 | 35 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


Dear Mark Kozelek,

It’s been a while, no? And in your absence, I have, well, rather, my faith in you, in us, has swayed. For so long there was this longing – it had been months since Ghosts of The Great Highway had graced my ears, had healed me, and I was in need. Your recent outing with your Sun Kil Moon project, Admiral Fell Promises, failed me in ways only an old intimate lover could: it wasn’t enough; it was too bare; and you, you, Mark, just weren’t the same. You couldn’t carry me anymore. The sounds, your voice, your songs – they carried to me the memories, still, yes, but the feeling, the immediacy? It was no longer there.

And like so many hungry hearts in need, my focus shifted. Alas, Mark, I found another: William Fitzsimmons. He was there when you weren’t. He healed my broken heart. And in my worse moments he sympathized with me; I felt his pain, and he felt mine. The women hurt us, and we were there for each other through it all, heart-ripping acoustic song, after heart-ripping acoustic song. His voice was smooth, a sweet caress that found its way into my soul and gave it - what shall I say, peace? I think so, yes.

It’s an odd feeling, and one that even now makes me feel depressed – but not in a hopeless way, no. Fitzsimmons’ Until When We Are Ghosts puts me in low spirits, if only because it reminds me now of how the pain was indeed real back then in my heartbreak, that songs like “Passion Play” and “Shattered” did actually encourage me to rise above my emotional predicament and overcome my sorry, self-defeating crap. Fitzsimmons taught me over a simple yet substantial acoustic guitar chord progression that love is not selfish, either; that my pain is for her benefit, too, at least it should be, says his song “Find It In Me”.

In truth Fitzsimmons’ words are no secret to any old contemporary songwriter, right? Love, heartbreak, and moving on – you knew those subjects well, too, Mark, I know you did. But Fitzsimmons' voice, his passion, and his tired aurora flow through Ghosts like the very title in question. By God, it’s haunting, come to think of it. “Funeral Dress” steady rhythm is perfect with its singer’s delivery of a timeless melody, and with its timeless promise, too: “I will wait for you”. And by God, I have been there, that instant when, yes, despite it all, I would have waited for her, no matter what she had done to me. Together, Fitzsimmons and I were willing to wait for her. Together.

You, Mark - you were too far away. Fitzsimmons' Ghosts was immediate. And that is one of its strengths as well. It’s not hard to get into; the production is clean yet nonoverbearing, the melodies immediate yet long-lasting. I treasure every song here, because on the path that heartbreak took me on, one of these beautiful tracks guided my way at every individually different turn – no, rather, each one walked with me. I look nothing like Fitzsimmons physically, to be honest, not many have a beard like his, but I feel I am him all the same, or at least I used to be recently. That is what I need in a lover, Mark. That’s what I need in a songwriter that will get me through the emotional heartache: I need to know that he is currently feeling this, right now. I don’t need answers, Mark. I just need to know that I’m not alone.

Sincerely,

Jared Ponton



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Ponton
Staff Reviewer
December 23rd 2010


6013 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

couldn't help it

Ponton
Staff Reviewer
December 23rd 2010


6013 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks sam



you should rate this

rasputin
December 23rd 2010


14673 Comments


it was okay, okay/5

Electric City
Emeritus
December 23rd 2010


15744 Comments


rasputin sighting

rasputin
December 23rd 2010


14673 Comments


6/5

ffs
December 23rd 2010


5013 Comments


what if u ate so much poo u pooed a sandwich/5

Ponton
Staff Reviewer
December 23rd 2010


6013 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

works for me





song is so good



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhihGqZEWOc

JustJoe
December 23rd 2010


1402 Comments


I wonder how Mark is taking the news.

I wonder how much I'll like this album.

Digging: The Weeknd - Beauty Behind the Madness

Ponton
Staff Reviewer
December 23rd 2010


6013 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

you'll 3.5-4.5 it

JustJoe
December 23rd 2010


1402 Comments


Noted, Observer. I'll give this a listen a soon as possible.

DiceMan
December 23rd 2010


7068 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yes yes yes yes



This album



yes



this review



yes

nice

Ponton
Staff Reviewer
December 23rd 2010


6013 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks man, glad you liked it



album is a fav for sure

EVedder27
December 24th 2010


6088 Comments


This is such a fantastic album. Awesome review Jared.

Spare
December 24th 2010


5567 Comments


dear ponton,

review's pretty good

sincerely spare

Irving
Staff Reviewer
December 24th 2010


7399 Comments


Unorthodox, but very effective. Have a pos Mr Ponton.

Lucid
December 24th 2010


7091 Comments


This reminds me of your review for The Meadowlands. I enjoyed reading this (and that one too, will be seeing it again?)

Knott-
Emeritus
December 24th 2010


10198 Comments


find it in me is really repetitiveiveititevtievtievtie

Maniac!
December 24th 2010


26320 Comments


This album runs too long for it's own good.

foreverendeared
December 24th 2010


14678 Comments


Still haven't listened to this

Ponton
Staff Reviewer
December 24th 2010


6013 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

ah knott, no way



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