Track Review: Cherry Ghost, The World Could Turn

Cherry Ghost, “The World Could Turn” (Heavenly Recordings)

Each of us needs a good pick me up from time to time; some reassurance that the light at the end of the tunnel isn’t actually the 5:15 to Newark.  For some, this can be found in life’s little miracles – birdsong, the cooing of a newborn, a found sock.  For others, in the stentorious, disembodied voice from Candy Crush telling us our accomplishments are ‘sweet’, perhaps even ‘divine’.  While each has its merits, I would prescribe this track from the new Cherry Ghost album, Herd Runners, out next week in the UK.

This is the first track I heard from the album, and it’s still my favorite – should’ve been the lead single.  Riding a wave of Spector-like production full of insistent piano chords and snappy drums, the lyrics evoke familiar “things will get better” imagery, without a hint of irony or sarcasm.  What saves the song from pushing the sentimentality to “mawkish” are the genius twists in the arrangement – the almost ghostly synth backdrop, the horns at 3:30.  Impossible to listen to this and not smile.

2 responses to “Track Review: Cherry Ghost, The World Could Turn

  1. If the rest is like this, I am a convert.

    • A lot of his (their) material is fairly similar in tone, to varying degrees – big, sonic pick me ups. “Mathematics”, on Thirst for Romance, is worth checking out.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.