Published April 7, 2006
“How abstract can we get”….indeed. While a criminal who confesses is no less guilty, it does make one more inclined to be easy on him. Saying that In Cod We Trust is avant-garde would be an understatement bordering on the comically ludicrous, but being good enough to get away with it is where Ghostigital differ greatly from many of their peers. Tight, focused, racy and experimental without being pretentious and difficult, it pumps through its 11 solid and individualised tracks with explosive and terrifying insanity, perhaps scariest in its borderline conformity. Dream Of Sleep’s bleating, blaring samples are transformed into catchy hooks, and instantly danceable Not Clean veers as close to the mainstream as Ghostigital are likely to get without losing their edge. The entire album exudes tight, minimal professionalism in every respect even as it recklessly indulges in hip-hop, electro, ambient, drum & bass and industrial playfulness, touching so many bases that it’s tempting to apply to it the loathsome ‘crossover’ label.
Aside from its decidedly shallow and gimmicky preference of incomprehensible insanity over emotional depth, it is, simply put, exactly what happens when music that should not be made is made the way it should be.
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