You know that guy with "photshopped abs" in the film "Crazy, Stupid, Love"? No? Even if you missed last fall's comedy hit, you should know his name is Ryan Gosling. The former Mickey Mouseketeer has a band called Dead Man's Bones. The self-titled debut is a well-composed record, and an intriguing one.
The record is haunting, filled with gospel like call-and-response patterns and gothic undertones. While the spooky eclectic sound provides haunting imagery throughout the album, the children's choir provides hope and light. The best track, in my opinion, is "Buried in Water." Give it a listen!
--Scar S., Sachs Branch