GHOST IN THE TANGLEWOOD
Raw and Brutally Honest Songs about Love, Heartbreak and Depression.
I suppose an apology is in order here; as while I’ve had a download of this album for ages I’ve not actually heard it until yesterday, as I’ve been waiting for the CD and Press Release to arrive. Hopefully that doesn’t make me sound precious; but it can be difficult keeping up to date with albums on the modern medium without having a CD cover to remind me about it.
The ‘reminder’ has come every day for weeks because the ‘Exclusive video’ we posted of the single Paying It Forward is still getting viewed several times every single day!
So; what’s all the fuss about?
Ginger Wildheart has been around the British Music Scene for aeons and apart from his earlies incantation as guitarist in the Quireboys has mostly passed me by; apart from us having a couple of mutual friends in the NE (and America).
The Daylight Hotel opens proceedings and it’s immediately evident that there won’t be many laughs here on in; as this really punchy Rocker has a powerful story to it; dealing with depression of the manic variety in a very eloquent manner, and that taboo theme carries on through a lot of what follows.
In a lot of ways this is a very brave record for the Singer-Guitarist to release as the songs all appear deeply personal and judging by his Social Media feeds often autobiographical too.
Phantom Memories is a prime example and manages to not just scare the pants off the listener but make them sympathetic to to the singers plight too; which is quite some achievement.
Ginger takes us on a journey that includes the classy British Folk-Rockers The Words Are Gonna Have To Wait and the bittersweet Minus You with the more traditional end of the Folk spectrum with Just a Few Old Memories; as well as songs I would normally associate with old-school bedsit singer-songwriters; the intimate Has She Got a Friend For Me.
While some songs here are more commercial than others and a few are actually ‘radio friendly’ I’ve gone left of centre for my ‘Favourite Track’…….The Reaper is a modern take on a traditional Gothic Folk theme; ‘death becomes us all’ but listen intently to Wildheart’s intimate words before you dance around and scream them out loud at a Festival or Club gig; they will send a shiver down your spine and back up the other side!
An early title contender was Don’t Say Goodbye; another articulate heartbreaker that belies the Geordie Lads Punk and Hard Rock background; this fella can write a love song that can turn the world on its head when he tries.
Even though I loved the message and story behind the single Passing It Forward and its punchy Folk-Rock melody, it still didn’t prepare me for Wildheart’s total soul baring and genuine love of Folk Music; which is all prevalent throughout this raw and at times brutally honest album; making it a ‘must have’ for anyone you know who has any form of mental health problems, no matter how big or small……these songs will let them know they are not alone.
Released March 2nd 2018