Hypnotic Underworld

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Hypnotic Underworld
Studio album by Ghost
Released January 27, 2004
Recorded July 2003[1]
Genre Neo-psychedelia
Experimental
Length 69:14
Label Drag City
Producer Taishi Takizawa
Ghost chronology
Turn In, Turn On, Free Tibet
(1999)
Hypnotic Underworld
(2004)
In Stormy Nights
(2007)

Hypnotic Underworld is an album by the band Ghost, released on January 27, 2004 on Drag City. The album is the first album to feature cellist/bassist Takuyuki Moriya and percussionist Junzo Tatewia, who replaced Hiromichi Sakamoto and Setsuko Furuya respectively.[2]

The album has two cover songs: one of Earth and Fire's "Hazy Paradise" and one of Syd Barrett's "Dominoes".[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Ghost, unless otherwise noted. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Hypnotic Underground Pt. 1: God Took a Picture of His Illness on This Ground"     13:31
2. "Hypnotic Underground Pt. 2: Escaped and Lost Down in Medina"     7:09
3. "Hypnotic Underground Pt. 3: Aramaic Barbarous Dawn"     2:54
4. "Hypnotic Underground Pt. 4: Leave the World!"     0:22
5. "Hazy Paradise"   Chris Koerts 4:52
6. "Kiseichukan Nite"     5:03
7. "Piper"     6:41
8. "Ganagmanag"     10:04
9. "Feed"     7:06
10. "Holy High"     6:09
11. "Dominoes/Celebration for the Gray Days"   Ghost, Syd Barrett 6:43

Personnel[edit]

The following people contributed to Hypnotic Underworld:[1]

Ghost[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Masaki Hayashi - Engineer
  • Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi - Artwork
  • Kazuo Ogino - Photography
  • Dan Osborn - Cover layout
  • Keiko Yoshida - Photography

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork Media (8.7/10)[3]
Shaking Through (3.8/5)[4]
Stylus Magazine (B)[5]
Tiny Mix Tapes (3/5)[6]

Hypnotic Underworld has received mostly positive reviews. On the review aggregate site Metacritic, the album has a score of 78 out of 100, indicating "Generally favorable reviews."[7]

Allmusic's Sean Westergaard gave the album a very positive review, writing "Hypnotic Underworld is a new high-water mark from one of rock's most interesting bands. Highly recommended."[2] Brandon Stosuy of Pitchfork Media also praised the album, writing "Much more could be said, but it's more important to state plainly, in barest terms, that Ghost have emerged as one of the most formidable (and important) rock bands I know. And Hypnotic Underworld is their rollicking masterwork."[3] Shaking Through called the album "another worthy addition to the group's idiosyncratic catalog."[4] Stylus Magazine's Dave Segal, while criticizing the album for meandering too long and Masaki Batoh's vocals, concluded his review with "Still, I’d rather hear Ghost’s overreaching ambition and exploratory excess than the stunted machinations of most current indie rock."[5]

Tiny Mix Tapes, on the other hand, gave the album a more mixed review, writing "The music on Hypnotic World is quite good, and at times a very pleasurable listening experience. Somehow, though, it loses its determination and focus in large increments too many times."[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ghost (2) - Hypnotic Underworld (CD, Album. Discogs. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d Westergaard, Sean. Hypnotic Underworld - Ghost. Allmusic. Retrieved 19 July 2011.
  3. ^ a b Stosuy, Brandon. Album Reviews: Ghost: Hypnotic Underworld. Pitchfork Media. 28 January 2004. Retrieved 19 July 2011.
  4. ^ a b Station, Laurence. Ghost: Hypnotic Underworld. Shaking Through. 2 March 2004. Retrieved 19 July 2011.
  5. ^ a b Segal, Dave. Ghost - Hypnotic Underworld. Stylus Magazine. 3 February 2004. Retrieved 19 July 2011.
  6. ^ a b Hypnotic Underworld at the Wayback Machine (archived April 22, 2008). Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved 19 July 2011.
  7. ^ Critic Reviews for Hypnotic Underworld. Metacritic Retrieved 19 July 2011.

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