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  • Summary: This is the debut full-length release for the Berlin-based British electronic producer James Shaw as Sigha.
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  1. Nov 20, 2012
    80
    The thing that makes the LP so engaging is the fact that Shaw picks a mood and runs with it--this is not an album that lives up to the cliché of taking the listener on a journey; rather, it's a work that roots the listener to a spot and stares them dead in the eyes for an hour.
  2. Nov 20, 2012
    80
    The truly ambient moments of Living With Ghosts are easily its most arresting, providing brief periods of respite amid the album's unrelenting greyscale grasp.
  3. Nov 20, 2012
    80
    Living With Ghosts, probably his most punishing set of tracks to date, is a British techno album whose ancestry lies in (to name only five) James Ruskin, Oliver Ho, Surgeon, Regis and Planetary Assault Systems.
  4. Feb 1, 2013
    70
    Living With Ghosts is an album that demands intense focus and attention.
  5. Dec 14, 2012
    68
    In open air, Sigha's systems are chaotic and threatening, but they have a habit of choking one another off over the course of an album. Ghosts still proves, though, over and over, that Sigha has a single, awesome skill--tunneling, perverse techno.
  6. Nov 20, 2012
    50
    Using the album as a full-length thesis on the blending of Berlin and Manchester sounds causes Living With Ghosts to feel rather analogous and tedious, at times.
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