|Studio album by Ghost|
|Released||January 27, 2004|
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.
All songs written and composed by Ghost, unless otherwise noted.
|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|
|11.||"Dominoes/Celebration for the Gray Days"||Ghost, Syd Barrett||6:43|
The following people contributed to Hypnotic Underworld:
- Masaki Batoh – acoustic guitar, vocals, 12-string acoustic guitar
- Michio Kurihara – electric guitar
- Takuyuki Moriya - Electric Bass, Double Bass, Cello
- Kazuo Ogino – organ, piano, lute, Mellotron, Korg synthesizer, Celtic harp
- Taishi Takizawa – bouzouki, flute, saxophone, theremin, tin whistle
- Junzo Tatewia – percussion, drums
- Masaki Hayashi - Engineer
- Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi - Artwork
- Kazuo Ogino - Photography
- Dan Osborn - Cover layout
- Keiko Yoshida - Photography
|Tiny Mix Tapes||(3/5)|
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." 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." Shaking Through called the album "another worthy addition to the group's idiosyncratic catalog." 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."
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."
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- Westergaard, Sean. Hypnotic Underworld - Ghost. Allmusic. Retrieved 19 July 2011.
- Stosuy, Brandon. Album Reviews: Ghost: Hypnotic Underworld. Pitchfork Media. 28 January 2004. Retrieved 19 July 2011.
- Station, Laurence. Ghost: Hypnotic Underworld. Shaking Through. 2 March 2004. Retrieved 19 July 2011.
- Segal, Dave. Ghost - Hypnotic Underworld. Stylus Magazine. 3 February 2004. Retrieved 19 July 2011.
- Hypnotic Underworld. Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved 19 July 2011.
- Critic Reviews for Hypnotic Underworld. Metacritic Retrieved 19 July 2011.