It’s difficult to rate an album from a band that pulls both its audience and its appeal from live performances, but Robotique Majestique deserves some mention, brief though it may turn out to be.
Ghostland Observatory seems to be caught in a strange form of a Catch-22 — a situation many and most performing and touring bands must be in. I know of G.O. only because of their performance at Sasquatch! Music Festival last year, and this show proved to be the backbone of my enjoyment of their music. Having never heard their music before I saw them live, they had nothing to live up to and nothing to follow, in my eyes (and for my ears). But this time around, where I will have heard their studio album before seeing them on tour for the album itself, I can say that I’m a little… Not discouraged, but placing a large amount of faith on their live show.
Robotique, after only a few listens, has proven itself pure Ghostland, but lacks a certain vibe — for lack of a better word. Robotique is drifting towards a metal sound that resonates too present-day, which, though is appropriate enough, breaks too far away from their electronic base and is not quite their own. With that said, however, I am very much looking forward to seeing them perform again live and live up to the reputation they built (for me) last year.
*On Robotique Majestique: 5/10
*EDIT: My review is a positive one, it would seem. Pitchfork gave the album a humiliating 1.5. Yikes. To view the Pitchfork review, go to http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/record_review/49081-robotique-majestique
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01. Opening Credits: http://download.yousendit.com/FA0D94023632777D
02. Heavy Heart: http://download.yousendit.com/7ECD24272779C57E
03. No Place For Me: http://download.yousendit.com/64AA30685093ACC9
04. Freeheart Lover: http://download.yousendit.com/E797D433704F0EE8
05. Dancing on My Grave: http://download.yousendit.com/2A78A39D443FC03D
06. Robotique Majestique: http://download.yousendit.com/8805AA2B652ADFE6
07. The Band Marches On: http://download.yousendit.com/0F56D74D14F0CE1D
08. Holy Ghost White Noise: http://download.yousendit.com/5A703629495D05EA
10. Club Soda: http://download.yousendit.com/6E927AC26AAA8BD3
A look back at Ghostland’s previous album, Paparazzi Lightning:
Sad, Sad City: http://download.yousendit.com/FF8086AB5CDAB45E
Stranger Lover: http://download.yousendit.com/DB8F8D722DA2F751
*Due to change.