Dead Man's Bones
- Dead Man's Bones
There's nothing scarier than the notion of film stars making albums. Oh, wait, yes there is: Film stars who get it into their heads to make conceptual albums. Here we have Canada's Ryan Gosling and Zach Shields (who he?) forming Dead Man's Bones, an unfortunately ambitious duo who employed a mass children's choir to help them with their spooky music project, originally conceived as a "theatrical-monster-ghost-love story" for the stage. The play was abandoned; what's left is a pretentious collage of fog-shrouded ambience, ironic doo-wop, dreary psychedelia and freaky folk rock. I like the minimalist electro-rock of Pa Pa Power and the trashy beats and eerie retro keyboards of In the Room Where You Sleep , but the chain-rattling and disembodied crooner-thing (Bobby Vinton lives!) is a bit much. Scary as Count Chocula and as fruity as Franken Berry, I'm afraid.
Dead Man's Bones play Montreal, Oct. 19; Toronto, Oct. 20; Vancouver, Oct. 24.