added: 11 Oct 2012
// release date: 15 Oct 2012 // label: Pocket Records
reviewer: Kevin Angel
However, when it’s simply done O.K, it too easily transcends into the realms of forgettable indie apathy, which is where the 3rd single from London-based electro quintet ‘The Ghosts’ falls down so spectacularly.
Opening with a promising synth hook and an equally catchy beat, Underrated at first has an almost ‘Delphic’ like magnetism to it, as if something epic is about to break out and totally change the electro landscape for the better. What actually happens though is that front man Alex Starling manages to totally sanitise the whole affair with some rather drab vocals, uninspired lyrics and an all too predictable melody. Of course this song does have its moments of delight; the latter part of the song has dalliances with musical brilliance as the momentum builds towards the bridge. Ultimately though the upshot is that these little snapshots of beauty are far and few between, and as underrated fizzles out into its final moments you can’t help but feel supremely underwhelmed by the whole affair.
Love the song or hate it however ‘The Ghosts’ shouldn’t be judged solely on this track, having heard their debut album The End it stands-up as a strong testament to the band’s obvious talents, which makes underrated seem an even more odd single choice as it’s easily the weakest song on the album by far. In short, don’t judge ‘The Ghosts’ purely on this effort, scratch beneath the surface and you will find a credible electro-outfit that have simply slipped up this time, just give this one a miss on ITunes.
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