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Your Best Friend - Ghosts EP Album Cover
Author's Rating
Vocals 9.25
Musicianship 9.5
Lyrics 8
Production 8.75
Creativity 9
Lasting Value 9.25
Reviewer Tilt 9.5
Final Verdict: 90%
Member Ratings
Vocals 9
Musicianship 9.5
Lyrics 8.25
Production 8
Creativity 8.75
Lasting Value 9
Reviewer Tilt 9.5
Average: 89%
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Your Best Friend - Ghosts EP

Reviewed by: DylanPPPP (07/12/10)
Your Best Friend - Ghosts
Release Date: July 10, 2010
Record Label: Unsigned

There are two things that most people think of when they would think of being in a full touring band: Kick-ass parties and itty-bitty living quarters. The Michigan based quartet known to the world as Your Best Friend is one band that has shown to their fans that not everything about touring is a party. These guys have been through some unfortunate happenings in the past year or so. Their van breaking down on the way to shows, their van being broke into once they got to these shows, and a member change, losing valued member and friend guitarist/vocalist Steve Sochenek and adding new guitarist/vocalist Steve Colyer. Ironic? Maybe.

Even through all these mishaps, causing low morale and dampened spirits for these four dudes, they still have managed to apply tremendous effort (and not to mention big bucks) into providing their loyal fans with new music. I am of course talking about their new "acoustic" EP release titled Ghosts.

It is very important that you notice that I put the word "acoustic" in quotations, because when most think of an acoustic EP it is automatically assumed that it will mainly feature acoustic guitars and maybe piano, but in the case of Ghosts, that couldn't be any less true. In fact to add to the guitars and piano are an assortment of different instruments such as mandolins, accordions, steel pedals, banjos, various different string arrangements (all graciously provided by producer Sean Murphy) and lots of funky percussion created by drummer Nick Edler.

Ghosts features four rerecorded songs from their first and only full-length, self-titled album and one new song. Though four of the songs have been previously recorded, it would be more fitting to call the rerecorded songs on this album completely different versions from their "rocked out" counterparts on the s/t rather than simply calling them acoustic versions. Though the songs are similar to the original versions (obviously) the way they are composed and sang are almost entirely different, mostly because of the new vocal styles provided by Steve Colyer.

One bad thing could be that, because these songs are composed so differently that some of the people who are already big fans of this band may be a tad turned off because they are so different from the originals. This is arguably the only downside to this album, but because this is such an easy thing to get over, it takes next to nothing away from how great the EP truly is, and the last song on the album (the only new song) is enough to make fans of the self-titled not care about how much the old tracks have changed.

The brand spankin' new track Your Best Friend provides to the listener is titled "Setting Sail". Right off the bat, all four vocalist's soft voices lead by John Bonham bring the listener in, enticing them to hear what comes next. Than a sudden transition into something that sounds as if it's straight off of the Pirates of the Caribbean soundtrack increases the tempo slightly. Bonham than leads the way once again, picking up the tempo even more into the same Your Best Friend feel that is featured in all the previous songs. As the song progresses it is easy to tell that this song was written to exploit how wonderfully Bonham and Colyer's voices work together. Blending at just the right moments to create beautiful vocal harmonies that are nothing but refreshing to the ears.

Your Best Friend may have had some hard times hitting the road, but through their passion and determination they have successfully created one heck of an EP that I personally will be listening to for years to come.

Recommended If You LikeBrand New's acoustic material, vocal harmonies, a combination of rock, acoustic, and folk music

Additional InformationTrack Listing:
1. White & Red
2. I'm Afraid of Myself and Everything I Haven't Done
3. Aboriri
4. You'll Never Feel Anything Again
5. Setting Sail

Your Best Friend is:
Dale Brown bass/vocals
John Bonham guitar/vocals
Steve Colyer guitar/vocals
Nick Edler drums/percussion/vocals

http://www.myspace.com/yourbestfriend

 
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12:09 PM on 07/19/10
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this is really good
11:28 PM on 07/19/10
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One bad thing could be that, because these songs are composed so differently that some of the people who are already big fans of this band may be a tad turned off because they are so different from the originals. This is arguably the only downside to this album, but because this is such an easy thing to get over, it takes next to nothing away from how great the EP truly is, and the last song on the album (the only new song) is enough to make fans of the self-titled not care about how much the old tracks have changed.

I disagree. I am a huge fan of the full length and I think the reworked acoustic versions are great, especially "I'm Afraid of Myself and Everything I Haven't Done". This EP has really got me excited to hear more new songs. Hopefully they'll record sooner rather than later.
12:03 AM on 07/20/10
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I disagree. I am a huge fan of the full length and I think the reworked acoustic versions are great, especially "I'm Afraid of Myself and Everything I Haven't Done". This EP has really got me excited to hear more new songs. Hopefully they'll record sooner rather than later.
I just say this because the first time I heard the new version of I'm Afraid Of Myself was at their acoustic show in hot topic and I was a little confused at first and didn't know what to think. It took two seconds to second guess that and realize how awesome it was though. Another reason is I didn't want to sound too partial. I had to point out at least ONE downside to it and quite frankly that's the only thing I could think of. I'm stoked for newer material as well. These guys have a big future.
10:04 PM on 07/23/10
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I saw these guys at a free hot topic show and they were good. I looked them up and thought their music sounded just like I heard it live. Which is hard to find because so many bands alter their voices a lot. I am not into their style of music a whole lot but I sort of like them.

Their new Ep is just as good as anything else I've heard by them.
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