Ghostland's Guide Me God is one of those albums that doesn't immediately impress.
Ghostland's Guide Me God is one of those albums that doesn't immediately impress. But after repeated listens, it becomes rather difficult to not get lost in the sheer beauty and emotion of it all. Greatly influenced by the sounds of the Middle East, Africa, and Ireland, Ghostland—Caroline Dale (cello), Justin Adams (guitar), and John Reynolds (drummer/producer)—embrace many globally revered rhythms on Guide Me God, from dance/electronic and world music to new age and classical. The disc opens with the chilled-out title track, which features the haunting vocals of Sinéad O'Connor and Natacha Atlas. Both singers are featured elsewhere, most notably on the soothing "Blue" (O'Connor) and the Nashville-flavored "Cowboys & Indians" (Atlas). A track like "Gamgo" hypnotizes with its pounding beats. "Free," on the other hand, hypnotizes with soaring strings and cinematic flourishes.—MP