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Review: Cherry Ghost – Only A Mother (Single)

We check out Cherry Ghosts’s latest single ‘Only A Mother’ from their latest album ‘Beneath This Burning Shoreline’….

Band: Cherry Ghost
Release: Only A Mother (Single)

Release Date: March 7th 2011

Bolton born Cherry Ghost are set to release a new single called ‘Only a Mother’ on 7th March. It is the latest to be taken from their second album ‘Beneath This Burning Shoreline’.

‘Beneath This Burning Shoreline’ was released in July 2010 and followed in the footsteps of Cherry Ghost’s Top 10 debut ‘Thirst for Romance’, which was released in 2007. The same year, they were nominated for Best New Act at the Q Awards, sadly losing to The Enemy, and later won an Ivor Novello Award for their single ‘People Help the People’ in the Best Contemporary Song category. Since the band’s formation in 2005, Cherry Ghost have earned themselves a number of well known fans including Robert Plant and Bruce Springsteen.

‘Only a Mother’ is a very retro sounding, fairly up beat indie track that reminds me of the summer time. The music is cleverly crafted and the simple but hypnotic twangs of guitars makes for a very sweet sounding track. The songs lyrics are dark and almost the completely opposite of the image the beat paints. While the music is what I would describe as an upbeat, the lyrics express a negative story of a womens view on her abusive relationship. Rather than typically writing about her leaving him, it shows a much more everyday and realistic look on the matter with lyrics such as “Tide will turn, and in time I’ll learn to love/What only a mother could”.

Wether good or bad, I always find it interesting when bands write about life as it gives the audience a chance to see if they connect to their views and beliefs. I’d advise anyone who leans towards indie music to listen to the track and also check out the album.

Reviewer: Cassie Crue

You can check out Cherry Ghost at the following tour dates

MARCH 2011

14th – Birmingham Glee Club
15th – Glasgow Oran Mor
16th – Manchester Cathedral
17th – London Union Chapel

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