Ghostory - School of Seven Bells

Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. Feb 22, 2012
    A most wonderful storm of a record indeed.
  2. 80
    Maybe if we had more records that shot to the moon this high for beauty and romance, we'd have a more beautiful world.
  3. Mar 20, 2012
    A stellar first attempt at a concept album... [a] ghoulish delight. [No. 85, p.59]
  4. Feb 27, 2012
    Dream pop, goth, shoegaze--call it what you want, but what School of Seven Bells have ended up with is a genuinely gorgeous record by any standard.
  5. Feb 27, 2012
    Ghostory is as lushly layered as ever, with spectral textures and propulsive dance rhythms, both programmed and played, equally affecting.
  6. Feb 27, 2012
    Happily SVllB still sound fantastic.
  7. Feb 24, 2012
    Ghostory, rather than resting on the laurels of the band's successful sound up to this point, adds a harder edge to the rhythm and consciously moves on a step.
  8. Feb 24, 2012
    Ghostory is as potent and decadent as School Of Seven Bells have ever been.
  9. Feb 23, 2012
    The remaining twosome (Alejandra and guitarist Benjamin Curtis) have actually become more ambitious.
  10. Feb 22, 2012
    The fantastic Ghostory actually sounds more realized than their previous two full-lengths. [Mar 2012, p.98]
  11. Feb 21, 2012
    Entrancing. [Mar 2012, p.102]
  12. Feb 21, 2012
    A staggeringly beautiful success.
  13. Feb 27, 2012
    Ghostory's an altogether lush affair with plenty for both fans and newcomers to sift through.
  14. With Ghostory, School of Seven Bells recovers with a newfound voice, still evokes everything they once were as dream pop dealers, but it's still extremely visible that they have more room to grow.
  15. Feb 21, 2012
    Fantastically glossy and mystical.
  16. Mar 1, 2012
    Ghostory is at its best a very pleasurable realization of niche.
  17. Feb 28, 2012
    It's an uninspired ending to what is generally a sharp, full-bodied collection of tracks from what is now an equally sharp, full-bodied duo.
  18. Mar 7, 2012
    The album is so cleanly produced that it sounds like they can't afford a flaw. And ironically, it's this seeming aversion to being perceived as imperfect that holds them back.
  19. Apr 16, 2012
    Fun, if a little two-dimensional.
  20. Mar 22, 2012
    Ultimately, it's the combined sound of - there's no getting away from the word - ethereal vocals and cavernous, sometimes even martial dance rock that appeals rather than the detail. [Apr 2012, p.86]
  21. Mar 21, 2012
    A very pretty album [but] it's difficult not to see it as a mere specter of School of Seven Bells' potential. [Mar 2012, p.86]
  22. Mar 9, 2012
    Ghostory is well on par with the strident ephemera to which followers of this project have become accustomed.
  23. At its best on the quasi-techno anthem "Low Times", it's claustrophobically compelling, if too formulaic to be truly super-natural.
  24. Feb 22, 2012
    Ghostory is supposedly a concept-album song-portrait, but [the album] feels as evanescent as expensive perfume. [Mar 2012, p.98]
  25. Apr 4, 2012
    Most of the songs are littered with cosmic debris, but fortunately it's all relegated to the background so as not to interfere with the percolating pace.
  26. Feb 28, 2012
    Trimming back their signature embellishments leaves an album that strangely is more focused sonically, but somehow aimless in intention.
  27. 40
    What used to feel like surfing amid the cumulonimbus suddenly feels like snorkling in soup.
  28. Feb 27, 2012
    Without the harmonies and counterpoint of sister Claudia to lend interest and texture, Alajandra is left to rely on the instrumental background for support, and frankly there just isn't much going on to help her out.
  29. Feb 21, 2012
    Sounds hollow and uninspired.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Aug 1, 2012
    New York band School Of Seven Bells (or SVIIB as they are sometimes abbreviated) have always been one of those bands on the outer edges of the blogosphere, bubbling under, patiently waiting for their moment... READ MORE: Full Review »
  2. Apr 26, 2012
    School Of Seven Bells and their latest album "Ghostory" in the category of shoegaze do not leave for competition room to maneuver. Album is a combination of indie rock arrangements with electronic inserts and muffled vocals of Alejandra Dehez - which finally gave such great compositions as "The Night", minimalist "Low Times" or "Scavenger" - where the synth parts leads. The rest of the material does fall behind: energetic "White Wind" or stirring "Reappear" are also notable pieces. Full Review »