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Released May 20, 2010 for Rock Band

475 users have this song ($2)    
Genre: Indie Rock
Album: Cease to Begin (2007)
Author: RockGamer

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The Epitome of Simplicity m2cks
Band of Horses is a band that I share some personal musical history with. For starters, some of their members come originally come from the "Chamber Rock" band Carissa's Wierd (yes, that is the correct spelling of the band's name), a band whose music got me through some troubled times. When I discovered that upon their breakup that a few original members were forming a new band, I was on board from the start. From there, I immediately took a liking to Band of Horses' distinct slightly-melancholic sound and somewhat mystifying song titles and lyrics. So yes, one could argue that I might have some bias towards the band's songs, but I could hardly contain my excitement at the thought of having their songs on Rock Band from the get-go, so I will try to be as fair as possible.

"Is there a Ghost?" was the first song off of their album Cease to Begin, and as far as album openers go, this one is loud and energetic. In other words, it is a perfect song to lead in with- at least, with the other instruments. Unfortunately, as your bandmates are busy attending to their own melodies, you as the vocalist are stuck with repeating around three unique phrases: "I could sleep / I could sleep (x2) / When I lived alone; is there a ghost in my house? (x2) / My house~" Really, there is not much else to be said about the song, because that is literally all that the vocalist needs to overcome in order to achieve a painstakingly easy FC, which is a shame because of how good the song sounds. Of course, the band most likely chose the repetition on purpose in order to emphasize the lyrics, but for playing purposes, it does not make the best song to sing.

There is some hope for the song that saves it from a "bad" score, however. For one thing, there is little downtime between choruses, which gives the vocalist at least something to do. Personally, I prefer repetition over extended tap sections, so that is one positive point for the song. Another positive point is that the song is good practice for the "vibrato trick". The trick simply involves applying vibrato onto extended pitches. The quivering arrow somehow fills up the phrase's "pie" faster, which is good for both point squeezes and for achieving FC's on tougher songs. Since this song contains a multitude of extended pitches, it makes good practice for the technique.

Overall, this is a good case of how sometimes a good song to listen to does not make it fun to play in Rock Band. The song alone is not exactly very satisfying to sing, but it earns extra points for being good vibrato practice. If you buy this song and are not a fan of the band, then I would rather direct you to the other instruments than vocals, for they seem to be a bit more fun to play.
07.20.11 10:48pm 0 Replies | Reply +3 Relevance
Drums Justin the Gypo
After about a 30 second lead in.. the drums finally pick up with a very simple R / B pattern which continues for pretty much the rest of the song. It got two stars because I love this band, that is all.
05.20.10 8:56am 0 Replies | Reply 0 Relevance
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