Ghost Notes

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Ghost Notes
Cover to Veruca Salt's 2015 album.png
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 10, 2015 (2015-07-10)
GenreAlternative rock
LabelEl Camino Records
ProducerBrad Wood
Veruca Salt chronology
Ghost Notes
Singles from Ghost Notes
  1. "Laughing in the Sugar Bowl"
    Released: May 19, 2015[1]

Ghost Notes is the fifth full-length studio album by American rock band Veruca Salt, released on July 10, 2015, through El Camino Records. Produced by Brad Wood, who also produced the band's debut American Thighs, it is the first to feature the band's original lineup since their second album, Eight Arms to Hold You (1997).[2]

Two of the songs had previously been released. "The Museum of Broken Relationships" was on the band's 2014 Record Store Day release MMXIV,[3] and "Black and Blonde" is a new recording (with a new chorus and revised lyrics) of a song originally recorded by Nina Gordon for her first solo album, Tonight and the Rest of My Life (2000).[4]

The double-LP vinyl edition released by El Camino in January 2016 features a revised track listing with three additional selections.[5]


Following the band's 1997 release Eight Arms to Hold You, drummer Jim Shapiro quit. Shortly after, in 1998, Nina Gordon and bassist Steve Lack also quit, leading Louise Post to release two new Veruca Salt albums with other musicians, Resolver in 2000, and IV in 2006. Gordon told The Los Angeles Times that after seeing the reception from Mazzy Star's 2012 reunion she got the desire to make music with Post again. The two met up for the first time in 14 years and began writing music that would become Ghost Notes.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[7]
The A.V. ClubB+[8]
Consequence of SoundB[9]
Now Magazine4/5 stars[10]
Under the Radar7/10[13]

Ghost Notes received mostly positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has an average score of 78 out of 100, which indicates "generally favorable reviews" based on 12 reviews.[6]

Writing for Consequence of Sound and rating the album a "B", Nina Corcoran claims, "Veruca Salt are still writing catchy, raging songs, but the naivety of their intent and its two-decade-old edits are miles away here."[9] Matt Williams of Now Magazine rated the album four stars out of five and states: "Gordon and Post haven't missed a beat. In fact, they might be better than ever."[10] The A.V. Club's Alex McCown calls Ghost Notes "a potent and affecting record, with a deep well of emotional resonance Veruca Salt never really had before."[8]


Publication Rank List
AllMusic N/A Best Rock Albums of 2015[15]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Veruca Salt.

1."The Gospel According to Saint Me"3:49
2."Black and Blonde"4:07
3."Eyes on You"3:17
4."Prince of Wales"5:35
5."The Sound of Leaving"3:32
6."Love You Less"3:09
7."Laughing in the Sugar Bowl"2:16
8."Empty Bottle"5:53
9."Come Clean, Dark Thing"3:22
10."I'm Telling You Now"3:29
12."Lost to Me"4:10
13."The Museum of Broken Relationships"2:35
Total length:54:48
2016 double LP edition[5]
1."Prelude to Zeus"1:28
2."The Gospel According to Saint Me"3:49
3."Black and Blonde"4:07
4."Eyes on You"3:17
5."Prince of Wales"5:35
6."The Sound of Leaving"3:32
7."Love You Less"3:09
8."Laughing in the Sugar Bowl"2:16
9."Empty Bottle"5:53
10."Come Clean, Dark Thing"3:22
11."I'm Telling You Now"3:29
13."Lost to Me"4:10
14."Into the Sun"0:34
15."The Museum of Broken Relationships"2:35
Total length:58:46


Credits adapted from AllMusic.[17]


Chart (2015) Peak
US Billboard 200[18] 159
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[19] 11
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[20] 15

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Label
United States July 10, 2015 El Camino
Australia July 10, 2015 Warner Bros Records
Region Date Format(s) Label
United States January, 2016 El Camino


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  2. ^ Geslani, Michelle (2015-05-19). "Veruca Salt announces reunion album, Ghost Notes, premieres "Laughing in the Sugar Bowl"". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 2015-05-20.
  3. ^ Zoladz, Lindsay (March 17, 2014). "Veruca Salt Reunite, Original Lineup Releasing First New Music in 14 Years". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved July 12, 2015.
  4. ^ a b Hornbostel, Brendan (July 10, 2015). "Veruca Salt reunites to tell story of breakup, recovery in 'Ghost Notes'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 12, 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Veruca Salt – Ghost Notes". Discogs. Retrieved January 16, 2017.
  6. ^ a b "Reviews for Ghost Notes by Veruca Salt". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved December 30, 2015.
  7. ^ Phares, Heather. "Ghost Notes – Veruca Salt : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved July 12, 2015.
  8. ^ a b McCown, Alex (July 10, 2015). "Veruca Salt is back, turning old wounds into new catharsis". The A.V. Club. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
  9. ^ a b Corcoran, Nina (July 2, 2015). "Veruca Salt – Ghost Notes – Review". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved July 3, 2015.
  10. ^ a b Williams, Matt (July 8, 2015). "Veruca Salt – Ghost Notes Review". Now Magazine. Now Communications. Retrieved July 8, 2015.
  11. ^ Gleason, Holly (July 7, 2015). "Veruca Salt: Ghost Notes Review". Paste. Retrieved July 7, 2015.
  12. ^ Joyce, Colin (July 9, 2015). "Review: Veruca Salt Erupt Anew on 'Ghost Notes'". Spin. Buzzmedia. Retrieved July 9, 2015.
  13. ^ Moores, JR (July 10, 2015). "Veruca Salt – Ghost Notes". Under the Radar. Retrieved July 11, 2015.
  14. ^ Tang, Estelle (July 13, 2015). "Veruca Salt Ghost Notes". Pitchfork. Retrieved July 13, 2015.
  15. ^ AllMusic staff (December 30, 2015). "Best Rock Albums of 2015". AllMusic. Retrieved December 30, 2015.
  16. ^ iTunes - Music - Ghost Notes by Veruca Salt
  17. ^ "Ghost Notes – Veruca Salt – Credits – AllMusic". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved July 9, 2015.
  18. ^ "Veruca Salt Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.
  19. ^ "Veruca Salt Chart History (Top Alternative Albums)". Billboard.
  20. ^ "Veruca Salt Chart History (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard.

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