Track Review: Ingrid Michaelson, 'Ghost'

71 Billboard Rating

INGRID MICHAELSON
"Ghost" (3:28)
Producer: David Kahne
Writer: Ingrid Michaelson
Publisher: Cabin 24 Records (ASCAP)
Cabin 24 Records/Mom + Pop Music

There's a whisper of "Little Earthquakes"-era Tori Amos in "Ghost," the aching first single from Ingrid Michaelson's upcoming "Human Again," and as the singer seeks songwriting maturity, the darker shade suits her well. Michaelson has said that her latest full-length captures "a really dark time" for her, and "Ghost" appears to attack the notion that she can only pen adorable love songs. "I'm a ghost/Haunting these halls/Climbing up walls that I never knew were there," she wails, sounding both defeated and determined to share her tale of woe. Michaelson's lyrics are at times too straightforward, but with its muted electric guitar, emotional strings and subtle percussion, "Ghost" includes a haunting atmosphere that abets her words without overpowering them. Michaelson has long been an immensely talented artist without an immediate persona; with "Ghost," she may have found the key to becoming a fully formed star.

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