Pale Green Ghosts

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Pale Green Ghosts
John Grant - Pale Green Ghosts.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 11, 2013
GenreSynth-pop, soft rock
LabelBella Union
ProducerBirgir Þórarinsson (a.k.a. Biggi Veira) and John Grant
John Grant chronology
Queen of Denmark
Pale Green Ghosts
Grey Tickles, Black Pressure
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[2]
The Daily Telegraph5/5 stars[3]
The Guardian5/5 stars[4]
The Independent5/5 stars[5]
Mojo3/5 stars[6]
Q4/5 stars[9]
Record Collector4/5 stars[10]

Pale Green Ghosts is the second solo album by former The Czars frontman John Grant, released on March 11, 2013 on the Bella Union label.[12] Pale Green Ghosts was recorded in Reykjavík, Iceland with Icelandic electronic musician Birgir Þórarinsson (a.k.a. Biggi Veira) of electro-pop group Gus Gus, and also features a range of local musicians on the album as well as Sinéad O'Connor singing backing vocals.[12]

The title refers to the Russian olive trees that stand along the I-25 highway near Grant's family home in the small town of Parker, Colorado.[13]

The track "Pale Green Ghosts" includes a string arrangement inspired by the second movement of Prelude in C-sharp minor by Rachmaninoff.[14]

Pale Green Ghosts was chosen as Album of the Year 2013 by Rough Trade.[15]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by John Grant.

1."Pale Green Ghosts"6.04
2."Black Belt"4.18
5."It Doesn't Matter to Him" (feat. Sinéad O'Connor)6.27
6."Why Don't You Love Me Anymore" (feat. Sinéad O'Connor)6.10
7."You Don't Have To"5.51
8."Sensitive New Age Guy"4.40
9."Ernest Borgnine"4.53
10."I Hate This Town"4.01
11."Glacier" (feat. Sinéad O'Connor)7.34


  • John GrantLead vocals, Synth programming
  • Chris Pemberton – Piano
  • Sinéad O'Connor - Backing vocals
  • Arnar Geir Ómarsson - Drums
  • McKenzie Smith - Drums
  • Jakob Smári Magnússon - Bass
  • Paul Alexander - Bass
  • Pétur Hallgrímsson - Guitar
  • Óskar Gudjónsson – Saxophone
  • Birgir Þórarinsson (a.k.a. Biggi Veira) - Synth programming


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  2. ^ Monger, James Christopher. "Pale Green Ghosts – John Grant". AllMusic. Retrieved July 22, 2013.
  3. ^ Brown, Helen (March 19, 2013). "John Grant, Pale Green Ghost, album review". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved July 22, 2013.
  4. ^ Petridis, Alexis (March 7, 2013). "John Grant: Pale Green Ghosts". The Guardian. London. Retrieved April 1, 2013.
  5. ^ Montgomery, Hugh (March 9, 2013). "CD of the week: Album: John Grant, Pale Green Ghosts (Bella Union)". The Independent. London. Archived from the original on September 19, 2015. Retrieved July 22, 2013.
  6. ^ "John Grant: Pale Green Ghosts". Mojo (233): 86. April 2013.
  7. ^ Levine, Nick (March 8, 2013). "John Grant – 'Pale Green Ghosts'". NME. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved November 27, 2013.
  8. ^ Hopper, Jessica (May 16, 2013). "John Grant: Pale Green Ghost". Pitchfork. Retrieved November 27, 2013.
  9. ^ "John Grant: Pale Green Ghosts". Q (321): 112. April 2013.
  10. ^ Staunton, Terry (April 2013). "John Grant – Pale Green Ghost". Record Collector (413). Retrieved May 6, 2019.
  11. ^ Mulholland, Garry (March 21, 2013). "John Grant – Pale Green Ghosts". Uncut. Retrieved November 27, 2013.
  12. ^ a b Lynskey, Dorian (March 3, 2013). "John Grant: 'I wanted to let some of the anger out'". The Guardian. London. Retrieved March 24, 2013.
  13. ^ Cragg, Michael (January 22, 2013). "New music: John Grant – Pale Green Ghosts (No Ceremony Remix)". The Guardian. London. Retrieved March 24, 2013.
  14. ^ "Rachmaninoff remixed: one composer's enduring influence". London Philharmonic Orchestra. 2015. Archived from the original on April 6, 2015.
  15. ^ "Rough Trade Albums of the Year 2013". Rough Trade. Archived from the original on November 27, 2013. Retrieved November 27, 2013.