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Kepi Ghoulie

Kepi Ghoulie: American GothicAmerican Gothic (2008)
Asian Man Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


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Kepi Ghoulie's album American Gothic is pure gold. I'm never one to go for folky stuff or majority acoustic albums, so Kepi has obviously broken some sort of mold with this album -- at least the mold holding me back from folk music. With help from all his friends including Kevin Seconds, this album .
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Kepi Ghoulie's album American Gothic is pure gold. I'm never one to go for folky stuff or majority acoustic albums, so Kepi has obviously broken some sort of mold with this album -- at least the mold holding me back from folk music. With help from all his friends including Kevin Seconds, this album brings together a ton of lovely voices and sounds that almost guarantees a smile from anyone with a soul.

Kepi, of the amazing pop-punks Groovie Ghoulies, breaks away from the constant fast-paced drumming and exchanges bass for acoustic guitar to slow things down a whole lot with American Gothic. He has an intriguing voice that would mesmerize you even if the entire album was a cappella.

While some of it might seem a little too sugary and sweet -- especially the simple high-school style "I like a girl, does she like me?"-type lyrics on "This Friend of Mine" -- there are also tracks that can be equally slow and sad-sounding, such as the bittersweet, piano-drenched "Stormy Weather." The song features lyrics like "I'm preparing my heart for re-breaking / I'm not sure what's left or what it's capable of taking." Even though the track tends to be slightly poppy, it will still put a lump in your throat and beat up on your tear ducts.

The album also features a handful of covers: "True Love Will Find You in the End" by Daniel Johnston; "Take a Look" by Dan Schafer; and "To Sing for You" by Donovan. You'll probably appreciate this entire album if you're a fan of either.

Accompanied by his guitar, Kepi turns American Gothic into one mesmerizing machine that can get you clapping and moving at times, or lure you peacefully to sleep at others. I wouldn't mind having him sing me to sleep every night.

 

 
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mattramone (September 5, 2008)

Solid record, good review. We need more of this on this site.

notfeelingcreative (September 3, 2008)

'Kepi Ghoulie’s album American Gothic is pure gold. '

So 'pure gold' is only worth a score of 7?

GlassPipeMurder (September 3, 2008)

yeah...Groovie Ghoulies have never played psychobilly. you pretty much need an upright bass to be considered as such. kepi's a cool dude though.

bikeage (September 3, 2008)

a lot of bands have been doing the post hardcore thing, or post punk, but this is post-story time music. so lame.

Make_Way (September 3, 2008)

Hmm....is Asian Man Records becoming this decade's Lookout! Records? I mean, the Queers, Screeching Weasel, Riverdales, and now Kepi Ghoulie? Let's get some Bomb Bassets material re-released, or get some new stuff from them....

Sliced-T (September 2, 2008)

This is a really fun album. I've listened to it fairly regularly since it came out and it has yet to become old hat.

Hey_ska (September 2, 2008)

Chutes TOO Narrow

Hey_ska (September 2, 2008)

Yeah it looks like the sequel to Chutes to Narrow.

I like folk, i shall check this out.

TrueBeliever (September 2, 2008)

Turned off by the review when you called The Groovie Ghoulies a psychobilly band.

crackpotdemagogue (September 2, 2008)

does the cover art remind anyone else of chutes too narrow?

it does me

bryne (September 2, 2008)

I need to check this out.

kidgotham (September 2, 2008)

This is a fair review. I like the poppier stuff myself and "Friend of Mine" is one of my favourite songs on this album.

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