Directions To See A Ghost - The Black Angels
Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. The breakdowns on songs like "Dee-Ree-Shee" and "You in Color" truly highlight each member's technical and dynamic abilities; the crescendos emphasize their quantum power to make great art as a group.
  2. By no means an awful record, but certainly a disappointing one.
  3. If you isolate any random 45 seconds of Directions to See a Ghost's 70 minutes, you'll definitely be compelled to listen for another few minutes--after which time you'll probably start waiting for a solo or a shift in tone that might not even come.
  4. This is the sort of psychedelia that space rockers and Nuggets fans alike can come together over.
  5. 50
    Ghost drowns in Spacemen 3-like drone, feedback, and reverb until the tunes congeal into a deliberately muddy, impenetrable trance. [June 2008, p.104]
  6. The band call their dark noise "hypno-drone'n'roll", but they could do with less drone, more roll.
  7. Whereas "Passover" came wired with explosives, Ghost airs out its thrust with mercenary inevitability.
  8. The songs on the band’s second album, Directions to See a Ghost (Light in the Attic) linger over one chord, perhaps two, and an unswerving beat, which doesn’t mean there’s no variety.
  9. Its muscular confidence and stylistic purity make it a must-listen for the psychedelically inclined, as well as an easy candidate for one of the best records of the year.
  10. Some progression and distinction from "Passover" to Directions to See a Ghost is discernable over the unremitting low-end vibrations, some tweaks to the combustive chemistry as it was previously established.
  11. It's kind of samey, sure--but in a formalist genre, that isn't necessarily a bad thing.
  12. Directions may not hit with the same weight as "Passover," but it is certainly a worthy follow-up. [Summer 2008]
  13. 60
    Undeniably grandiose as the Black Angels may be, the unrelenting darkness becomes too claustrophobic; even the Velvets sometimes let the sunshine in. [Aug 2008, p.113]
  14. 60
    It's dark, powerful and groovy, but some more variety wouldn't go amiss. [July 2008, p.90]
  15. 60
    With many songs over four minutes and often consisting of blantantly stoned self-indulgent "jams," some trimming is needed.
  16. While it makes for an impressive sound, it's hard not to yearn for more than the occasional flirtation with a second dimension, such as the sitar-driven 'Deer-Ree-Shee ' or the heavy riffed Krauturock-inspired groove that serves as the second half of 'Never/Ever.'
  17. 80
    Musically, all the touchstones that made "Passover" so riveting are in place. [Summer 2008, p.96]
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. CharlieQ.
    Jul 17, 2008
    10
    Some of the very best hard-edged, pure psychedelic drone you're likely to hear this year.
  2. DomH.
    Jun 6, 2008
    9
    Sure, the black angels aren't to everyone's taste, and some may deem them to be an anachronism, but it's hard to deny that Sure, the black angels aren't to everyone's taste, and some may deem them to be an anachronism, but it's hard to deny that what they do, they do well. To the converted, enjoy the shivers that DTSAG will send down your spine. Full Review »
  3. RogerM.
    Jun 4, 2008
    1
    Repetitive and boring, more of the same like the first record, just without any catchy songs or hooks.