• Record Label: Warp
  • Release Date: May 1, 2012
Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. 60
    Much of this record plays like a tribute to '90s miserabilists Red House Painters, all phantom-like reverb over misleadingly comforting folk tropes.
  2. May 7, 2012
    80
    The Ghost in the Daylight (Warp) is a quieter, more overtly folky album than 2007's Western Lands. There is no obvious focal point - nothing like gorgeous, pick-clawed "Trust" from the previous album - only a series of acoustic songs that flare gently from rueful nostalgia to sudden melancholy.
  3. May 2, 2012
    80
    His best work since 'Black Holes In The Sand'.
  4. 40
    The Ghost in Daylight is ignorable background music and the lowest point of the Gravenhurst discography thus far.
  5. May 2, 2012
    80
    It's Talbot's most intimate collection of songs yet; even if The Western Lands was more overtly ambitious, this may be the best gateway into Gravenhurst's world--and it was well worth the wait.
  6. May 1, 2012
    62
    As a once-in-a-half-decade demonstration of Talbot's vital signs, The Ghost isn't necessarily compelling enough to make you want to hang around for a follow-up, but the vitriol of a line like, "If you let them burn books, you'll let them burn bodies," is a strong sign of life at least.
  7. Apr 30, 2012
    80
    These are still audio waters containing complex depths worth diving into, revisiting, pondering over, dwelling over, dwelling in.
  8. Apr 30, 2012
    80
    Bristol songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Nick Talbot's fourth album for Warp is a gorgeously hallucinatory affair, marking a slight shift towards late-80s/early-90s psychedelia.
  9. Apr 30, 2012
    80
    Gravenhurst's most solid and unsettling work to date.
  10. Jul 18, 2012
    60
    The Ghost In Daylight is a memory-haunted journey through the dead voices and deep narratives of Englands lost; broadside ballads culled from earth and sea. [Jun 2012, p.87]
  11. Jul 9, 2012
    60
    These tunes blur together into a woozy, vertiginous haze. [Jun 2012, p.158]
  12. Jun 20, 2012
    80
    An exquisite, unexpected gem. [Jun 2012, p.102]
  13. May 24, 2012
    60
    The Ghost in the Daylight is a thing of great beauty... [yet] sounds dull - perfect, of course, with every note in the right place, but perfectly predictable too, with 10 songs that blend into one long, brooding whole. [No.87 p.55]
  14. May 17, 2012
    72
    Talbot's a great craftsman--half a spin of Ghost proves that--but he's at his most compelling when he's sketching in the margins.
  15. May 2, 2012
    70
    Talbot treads lightly, and a melancholy beauty predominates. [Jun 2012, p.73]
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User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
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  1. Mar 17, 2014
    9
    An astonishing album, really introspective. The tracks "The Prize" , "Fitzrovia" and "The Foundry" are more qualitative than the remainingAn astonishing album, really introspective. The tracks "The Prize" , "Fitzrovia" and "The Foundry" are more qualitative than the remaining ones, but the entire album deserves to be listened for its unique atmosphere. Full Review »
  2. Sep 16, 2013
    8
    This was my favorite album of 2012. While not as strong as Western Lands, it is still a wonder addition to the Nick Talbot canon. This artistThis was my favorite album of 2012. While not as strong as Western Lands, it is still a wonder addition to the Nick Talbot canon. This artist deserves more attention! Full Review »