Lórien – The Ghost in the Parlor

By Eric Pettersson on September-11-2007 | Filed under Reviews | Share

Lórien – The Ghost in the Parlor
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Artist: Lórien
Album: The Ghost in the Parlor
Label: None (released independently)
Release Date: Fall 2006
Review by: Eric Pettersson

Tracklist:
1. Praise the Stage and Love Only the Saved
2. You Got Me Down
3. A Dove amongst the Crows
4. Empty Words
5. Singing Isn’t Music
6. Shallow End

Lórien? Is that European?… hmm, a quick Google search and, oh no. No, it’s something from J.R.R. Tolkien. Of course. Maybe this was their name’s inspiration, maybe not. Either way, hopefully this record isn’t quite as drawn-out action adventure as those films were. Actually, Lothlórien is the name of a forest from his book, Legendarium, or so goes my internet findings. So hopefully these tunes will remind me more of a forest than of Uruk-hai shouting “Find the Halflings!”

Well, I can’t really say it exactly reminds me of a forest, so I’ll abandon that thought from here on out, but it definitely isn’t full of thoughts of elves surfing on top of elephants and shooting arrows at random creatures, nor does it leave me feeling exhausted after three hours and wondering when this guy is gonna get off that volcano so I can leave the theater, so that I must say is a good thing for Lórien. So what does it remind me of? Let me describe it for you, as was my job all along. Most times, there are electric guitars with a mild amount of crunch and spurts of soulful riffs, smooth vocal melodies, and catchy choruses (“You Got Me Down,” “Empty Words”).  Yet other points are full of acoustic guitars and strings, while maintaining the overall feel, especially the smooth vocals clearly written by a man who appreciates harmony. Hand claps, picked strings, unusual background vocals, and well-planned tempo changes create “Singing Isn’t Music,” a three minute work of genius.

I’ll spare you the rest of the details for fear of spoiling the plot, but to return to my film idea, if this recording were a movie, I would leave the theater satisfied, and I would not wish to leave before the end. Actually, I’d probably sneak under the seats and watch it all over again. No, actually, probably not, but it’s a fun idea, right? Well, I’d at least hit repeat on the CD player.

7/10

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Eric Pettersson is from Reading, PA and a graduate of La Salle University in Philadelphia with degrees in Communication and Religion. He wrote regularly for IVM 2005-2011. Now he has his own website, Explore Reading, "a progressive guide to the city of Reading, Pennsylvania. Follow him at www.explorereading.net View all posts by Eric Pettersson

6 Responses to 'Lórien – The Ghost in the Parlor'

  1. J.J. says:

    Is this a review of Lorian’s album or of the Lord of the Rings movies?

  2. David says:

    An unconventional review of L

  3. Ty says:

    Um. So can we talk about the album, or are we gonna mumble a bunch of useless banter. This is an amazing band, and hardly anything was said. ?:/

    Confused.

  4. Ethan says:

    Wait…am I on the right page? I thought…is this an album review? If it is, can you give me some information about the album rather than random thoughts?

    Sorry if I’m being overly critical, but in all seriousness, I feel this review could have been slightly more to the point.

  5. J.J. says:

    I don’t actually think it was a bad review. I’m mostly just resentful of the negative remarks toward my favorite movie(s) of all time.

  6. eric says:

    Thanks for the feedback guys…. I had some fun while writing this one, and I wasn’t sure if it would add to it or become too distracting. Oh well, I tried, haha.

    But seriously, I do appreciate the comments letting me know it was too much. I’ll be sure to stay more focused in the future. It’s just that sometimes I get a little bored with basic descriptions and try to spice it up a little. I still view that as a good thing, trying to write quality reviews that don’t get stuck into a formula, but I guess I went a little overboard this time with the creative side of things. Sorry about that.

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