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Top 100 Albums of the Decade: #47 CocoRosie - Adventures of Ghosthorse and Stillborn

 

Top 100 Albums of the Decade list will be posted over the course of 100 days. On September 23rd, we will post one album and continue every day until December 31st, when we will unveil our #1 album of the decade!

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#46 Cocorosie - Adventures of Ghosthorse and Stillborn

This was by far the trippiest release of 2007. Adventures of Ghosthorse and Stillborn saw CocoRosie spread themselves out: the desperate, skittering freak-folk that powered Noah's Ark morphed into a beast with much wider influences at the helm for Ghosthorse. Most curious are the hip hop undertones that kick off the CD – "Rainbowarriors" features record scratches and a lively, if a little thin, drum beat. This trend loops back around in the crushingly slow "Werewolf," Bianca Leilani spills out self-conscious raps with the precariousness of a child (her subjects include weeping willows and schizophrenic fathers). But the hip hop rhythms are like garnish on a larger meal – it merely flavors CocoRosie's bizarre and unique style.

We speak about progress and reinvention as the mark of a good band, and more than anything Ghosthorse solidified CocoRosie's commitment to the new. For the first time in their catalogue, the music seems thorough and dense. The album's ordained with layers of minute details, rattles and bells and horse whinnies and broken toy instruments and spinning coins. As much of the lyricism is grounded in trauma and debilitating sadness, the density functions as sort of an echo chamber – it's reflective of the cluttered mind behind the words. If CocoRosie's weird, they're justifiably weird - Ghosthorse is an embrace of the strange circumstances driving their lives. And though that's a particularly singular outlook, it's a testament to how far staying true to your vision will get you. Maybe that's why they're almost never copied - it's impossible to imitate an act so firmly rooted in the artists' core being. For this reason, Ghosthorse is an album that will never quite be duplicated - imitators will fall short, and CocoRosie themselves will move on to the next progression of their sound.

[ play ] | [ download mp3 ] CocoRosie - Rainbowarriors

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