Andy Black
The Ghost of Ohio


4.0
excellent

Review

by CaliggyJack USER (87 Reviews)
May 20th, 2019 | 45 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Self-reflective and with a bigger budget, Andy Biersack and John Feldmann craft an excellent sophomore album.

The Shadow Side was a great album that could have been much better. It featured great production, and some nice ballads, but the whole album itself felt like it could have been cut down to size. With every good song, it seemed that it was matched with a poor tune that was included just to add more content into the album. And even with it's fun appeal, it's dark lyrics and baroque elements made it feel like a Black Veil Brides side project instead of Andy Biersack's solo launchpad. Thankfully, The Ghost of Ohio addresses and fixes almost all of those problems; crafting an introspective and somber record that improves upon his debut.

Once again, Andy Black continues his partnership with John Feldmann, who is riding a wave of popularity after reviving the career and reputation of Blink-182. With this second album, it seems that they were given a bigger budget, as the album utilizes a variety of new instruments from saxophones, to organs, and heavy electric guitars. It also features a lot more studio editing, with multiple vocal edits and tonal shifts within the songs. This is evident in tracks like The Wind & Spark where piano, percussion, electric guitar, and Andy's vocals all crash into each other, creating a fun ballad that becomes really catchy after multiple listens.

Within The Ghost of Ohio, many songs seems to be Andy delving into his past, his career, and his present reputation and life. The lyrics largely are self-referential, with big examples in Ghost of Ohio, where Andy reflects that most of his popularity has not reached most of his home in Ohio, where he is still largely unknown; and The Promise as Andy talks about his career beginnings and how his past influenced who he is now:

Living on the west side born and raised
Made a deal with the devil, found glory days
There's no way that I'll stay

Driving down on highway 75
Watch the world come down on borrowed time
Find some way to escape

But we all find home
We all find home

Of course the best track on the album goes to Westwood Road a bombastic percussion based track with subtle synths that pulsate as Andy sings with a small filter that creates an "open-mic" effect within his vocals. It also includes Andy's signature of crowd-choral anthems who sing "Oh Oh Ooh Ah Oh" towards the end of the track.

Unlike The Shadow Side none of the tracks here feel like filler. Each track seems carefully curated so as to capture the attention of the listener and fit the overall aesthetic of the album itself; blockbuster Pop with somber lyrics and an upbeat production. No other song on the album captures this idea more than Feat or Famine with features somber lyrics with a heavy percussion as distorted synths fill the track and create an upbeat ballad to clash with the lyrics themselves.

The Ghost of Ohio is Andy Biersack looking in the mirror and seeing what he has become and what that means for his own future. We can't change the past, but we can take the lessons they teach us to create a better future for ourselves. With The Ghost of Ohio Andy doesn't just acknowledge that change must be made, but he lays the lyrics before us and dares to ask the listener "Where the Hell do I go from here"" I don't have the answer to that question Andy, but something tells me that, by now, you've already found the answer.



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CaliggyJack
May 20th 2019


2826 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Small review here for you guys. I still plan on review the Dark Souls 3 ost sometime. I'm just not satisfied with what I've written enough to publish it.

Divaman
May 20th 2019


3697 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good luck there with the disclaimer, but I like the album too (although I probably like the first one a little more).

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Get Low
May 20th 2019


5588 Comments


I speak as an Ohioan on behalf of the state that we want nothing to do with this clown.

CaliggyJack
May 20th 2019


2826 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You act as if Andy broke into your house, shot your dog and then shagged your mum

Hellscythe
May 20th 2019


3833 Comments


you act as if get low broke into your house, shot your dog and then shagged your mum

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SymbolicInTime
May 20th 2019


4423 Comments


Based purely off the first two tracks (as I’m currently listening through it), this would be much much much better with a different vocalist that actually fits the music. Andy has always been a pretty piss poor vocalist, but it at least “works” within the sound that BVB encapsulates. His voice just doesn’t even remotely match this music and really squashes any potential enjoyability this project could elicit

Get Low
May 20th 2019


5588 Comments


"You act as if Andy broke into your house, shot your dog and then shagged your mum"

He didn't quite do this, but he exists however, which is nearly as bad.


CaliggyJack
May 20th 2019


2826 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Hellscythe He did I have the video

WeepinnWillow
May 20th 2019


688 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

oh hey snide

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RippingCorpse1986
May 20th 2019


3221 Comments


''A snide project of Black Veil Brides singer Andy Biersack.''

Probably my new favorite band description on this site.

zaruyache
May 20th 2019


21042 Comments


just because snide left didn't mean anyone was obligated to take up his mantle.

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CaliggyJack
May 20th 2019


2826 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I actually miss Snide. He was a cool person to me at least.

Ninjahague
May 21st 2019


1293 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

snide was a dumb fuck and for that I loved him

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
May 21st 2019


14335 Comments


DISCLAIMER: If you do not like Andy Biersack's singing style and generally dislike anything he releases, or you just don't like him in general.

not a proper sentence and is literally the first thing in your review. negged.

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BVBfan4569
May 21st 2019


2 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

4.0 Amazing album and you haters can smd if you disagree

Darius the Great
May 21st 2019


20616 Comments


s his d haters

Get Low
May 21st 2019


5588 Comments


"DISCLAIMER: If you do not like Andy Biersack's singing style and generally dislike anything he releases, or you just don't like him in general."

You'd think after 87 reviews he'd know how to compose a sentence properly.

bloc
May 21st 2019


55929 Comments


Ohio versus everything

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Divaman
May 21st 2019


3697 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Definitely not a hater. So no ds'ing for me.

Get Low
May 21st 2019


5588 Comments


Ohio vs. Abortion



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