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Giving Up the Ghost

6 Ratings: 2.7
An album by Jackie Greene

It s possible, but hardly common, for a singer-songwriter to sound echoes of Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Gram Parsons, Elvis Costello and Paul Westerberg, all of which Jackie Greene does on his fifth album.    The hard part, which … see full wiki

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6 reviews about Giving Up the Ghost
review by . November 12, 2008
Rock and Roll is here to stay, but that doesn't mean it's going anywhere. This is a good, though highly derivative album, that makes me wonder if we haven't really hit the "end" of rock and roll. The form fulfilled its purpose years ago, touched the sublime heights a few times, but now it's just a genre waiting for yet another practitioner. Jackie Greene is another practitioner, very talented, but it's only rock and roll.
review by . May 13, 2008
posted in Music Matters
Yep, I have to say I enjoyed every song.  That isn't to say that each is a favorite, but this is an album you can listen through without hitting any buttons. Perhaps a hair on the overproduced side, it is nonetheless a great "american" rock album. From the soft poppy intro of 'Shaken' to the rockin and a rollin big bash closeout of Ghosts Of Promised Lands, this is an ear pleaser. Greene's voice is pleasant and has a good range, though I would not say he is overly dynamic. His lyrics are …
review by . May 10, 2008
Jackie Greene has a nice light tenor voice, a competent band, and a steady danceable beat. This album also has forgettable lyrics, catchy but predictable tunes, and uninspired arrangements.  When you want some nice folk rock for parties, this will be an inoffensive choice.  I'd like to hear Greene perform someone else's compositions. Or maybe wait for his songwriting to mature.
review by . May 06, 2008
Until I received this album in the mail, I had never heard of Jackie Greene. When I got the chance to listen to Mr. Greene, though, I was pleasantly surprised. "Giving Up The Ghost" is strong pop rock. Sure, there are traces of Springsteen, a drop of Dylan, a little Mellancamp here and there, and plenty of instruments you won't here on Top 40 Radio, but I wouldn't call this particular album Americana. This stuff would fit comfortably between Gavin DeGraw and John Mayer. It's better than that type …
review by . May 01, 2008
Jackie Greene nicely shifts between folk, rock, and blues styles on this album, making it a nice listen for those whose tastes may range somewhere between Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, The Wallflowers, and David Gray. The album starts out with Shaken, a smooth, bluesy song. Another nice bluesy/jazzy tune is I Don't Live In A Dream. Uphill Mountain has a nice basic melody and rhythm, and is followed by Don't Let The Devil Take Your Mind and the soulful folk song Prayer For Spanish Harlem. Another …
review by . April 28, 2008
it will distinguish Jackie Greene as a talent to be reckoned with. Jackie Greene, "Giving Up the Ghost", 429 Records, 2008.    An Amazing CD    Amos Lassen    I must admit that I had never heard of Jackie Greene before I heard this CD and I am now a staunch fan. His style, for lack of a better word, perhaps creations would better suit him, range from ballads to blues to rock to folk. It is hard to label him as he is so at home with any …
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Giving Up the Ghost
Label: 429 Records
Artist: Jackie Greene
Release Date: April 1, 2008

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