Sullivan
Hey, I'm a Ghost


4.0
excellent

Review

by t_truax44 USER (2 Reviews)
April 9th, 2006 | 9 replies | 2,739 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


Sullivan is a relatively new band to me. I first heard of them probably sometime in January. Underoath was really promoting them on their websites, and being a big fan of Underoath, I thought I'd give them a listen. The relationship between the two bands is Phil Chamberlin (drummer of Sullivan) and Spencer Chamberlin of Underoath are brothers.

Sullivan formed in the summer of 2002 when friends Zach Harward and Brooks Paschal began writing music with guitars and a drum machine on the floor in Zach?s room. After the decision to form into a fully functioning band and numerous shows and rotating members later, Sullivan decided to take the next step in the life of a band: touring. The band released an ep, purchased a van, and recruited PhilChamberlain as their permanent drummer in 2003. (sullivancares.com)

"Hey, I'm A Ghost" 1-24-2006

1. Down Here, We All Float - Excellent introduction to what is to come on the rest of the album. The bass has a very big part in this song as it slams along with the drums. The line "find your exit" really grabs your attention.

2. Ten Ways To Impress - Intro begins with guitar and vocals then comes the full band to start the song off. Chorus is very catchy. My favorite line in the song is "Lavish homes for vanished hearts." Ending is excellent with a soft "Hold On" in the background.

3. Cloudy - Personally my favorite of the album with a great guitar intro. The ending is excellent with an acoustic guitar picking, then builds up with 2 different lyrics and voices going to close the song. The line, "l'll fight for the right of the last man standing if you'll have him around" was really stuck in my mind. It sounds like he's really trying to get someone's attention.

4. The Charity Of Saint Elizabeth - Starts off slow. Doesn't really get your attention until the guitars and drums hit. It kind of sounds like he's scared of something or worried about something. I'm not sure what this song's about. Not one of the better songs.

5. Cars at Break-Neck Speeds - Excellent song, also one of my favorites. Great beat and feel throughout the whole song. The ending is great, just like many of the other songs. To me it's like he's glad a relationship is over, and he's "cutting through streets like cars at break-neck speeds with no purpose" just to end it.

6. Gardens - A change of pace midway through the album. The lyrics are excellent. Very soft and mellow.

7. Insurance For The Weak - Tempo is back up with a drum intro. The line "so long, desperate for hours" get's your attention. There's a short break down with acoustic guitar that goes into the ending that leaves you wanting more.

8. How I Remember You - Slows back down with a soft acoustic song though it ends with a full band. It's like he's talking about a time that he's shared with somebody and something bad happened. And this is how he remembers the situation.

9. Promise Me - To me, just a very average song. I think he's trying to figure out what went wrong in the relationship and he wants to be with this person. Ends with the very strong words "Promise Me" over and over.

10. Under The Watchful Eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg - A completely instrumental track which has you anxiously awaiting the closing track.

11. Hey, I'm A Ghost - Great way to end the album. Very emotional! Maybe about a girl that's done him wrong, and he's asking her if she knows what she's doing to him. The line "Does your tongue register the taste of every conviction" sounds like he was really hurt by somebody.

Recommended tracks: "Cloudy", "Insurance For The Weak", and "How I Remember You."

I'm not sure who these guys sound like. At times it reminds me of Copeland, then at other times sounds like My Chemical Romance.

The ending of all the songs are amazing and leave you wanting more. In conclusion, this is a really good album, and definately one I'll be listening to for awhile. Go listen to it, I promise you won't be dissapointed.

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morrissey
Moderator
April 10th 2006



1688 Comments


You'll definitely need to expand this in your track-by-track section. Instead of just saying it is an average song, or a great song, or it has good lyrics, elaborate. What makes it better/worse than the other songs on the album? What emotions does the song convey? Which were the best lyrical passages? How does this album compare to their other material? Other similar bands? What influenced the band to make this album, and what impact has this album had so far? What future impact do you think it will have? and on and on.
I can't possibly mention all the different aspects you can/should talk about, but just try to move beyond scarce wording and use of generic words like "good" and "great" which really lose their significance if they aren't held against something.

t_truax44
April 10th 2006



10 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Okay, I appreciate your comment, and took into consideration your advice, and added a little more. Though it was difficult to take you seriously after looking at your taste in music. This is also just my first review.


Damrod
Moderator
April 10th 2006



1093 Comments


I don't know if it's the best move to mock a mod that tries to help you improve your review so that the folks on the site don't tear it and you to shreds

morrissey
Moderator
April 10th 2006



1688 Comments


Though it was difficult to take you seriously after looking at your taste in music.

That was a really dumb thing to say. The type of music I listen to has no bearing on whether I can try to help you improve your writing or not. Don't be an a[font=verdana]s[/font]s.

t_truax44
April 10th 2006



10 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I really did appreciate what you said. I was just messing around with the whole music comment. Your really helped alot.
Thanks.This Message Edited On 11.27.06

postalguitar1234
November 16th 2006



1 Comments


Very Good CD...

ScorpionStan
October 27th 2008



1825 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this cd is one of the most underrated cd's in this genre in my opinion. they define modern emo to me with this album. it is excellent

xNintendoCorex
October 27th 2008



1272 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

lol, are you sure about that?
this is really just pop punk, there are some sweet tracks but its nothing amazing

ScorpionStan
November 20th 2008



1825 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

uhh, this is definitely not pop/punk. Pop/punk is all about anthemic, fist-raising, and predictable. None of those things define this album. Brooks' voice, while certainly an acquired taste, is different and just sounds "emo" to me. Not that i'm a big emo fan, this just seems like real emo(as opposed to the supposedly emo Fall Out Boy -- now there's pop/punk for you). the emotion here is palpable, it's catchy enough and the lyrics stand out. This Message Edited On 11.20.08



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