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The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger: Acoustic Sessions

  • The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger
  • Alternative & Indie
  • Out now
  • Chimera Music
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Hannah Cooper
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The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger: Acoustic Sessions

It was just a few months ago that the band The Ghost of a Saber Tooth
Tiger was created by Sean Lennon and his model-musician girlfriend Charlotte
Kemp Muhl. The legendary music bloodline in one half of this up-and-coming indie folk duo had
audiences filled with anticipation as to what The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger
had waiting for us.

The release of their nine-track EP, Acoustic Sessions in
late 2010 was met with a heavy amount of blasé commentary and questions as to
where the band’s sound was going or where they’ve come from, for that matter.
From Lennon’s unreachable brooding to Kemp’s sole purpose as his vintage
bubblegum tagalong, the futility of the band’s success seems unavoidable. They
might be cute; but for Lennon to create his own musical space, it will be quite a difficult task. Nonetheless, he has his own thing going on and that’s a
fact.

Invoking a delicious amount of beautiful imagery, Acoustic Sessions
is a lyrically full, warm and peaceful album. The opening track ‘Lavender Road’
lends a hand to Lennon’s ability to make his words dance. The simple folk melody and Kemp’s vocals bring a lighter balance where Lennon treads with a symbolic grounding
throughout the entire album.
Spattering about through bouts of mellow and
gloomy dissent, the album continues with a heavy amount of pretension;
especially when it comes to the subject matter. ‘Dark Matter’ rears its head at
existence and entropy. The undercurrents are a bit too much as Kemp and Lennon
trail along in a quiet rhythm accompanied by redundant riffs that are perfect
for a lullaby. The drone changes a bit with ‘Robot Man,’ but the song still
fails to promote any energetic inflection whatsoever.  

Who knows, maybe
their cheeky costumes and beautiful photographs will keep them around for a while.
While
it does have the ability to sweep you into a fantasy land of sorts, the album
is an average display of hipster playfulness, conjoined by soothing vocals and
imaginary tales. Acoustic Sessions is a fun album to listen to, but you may not feel compelled to listen to it again; though.

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