Written By: Darwin Green
Label: Anti – Rating:
There are hidden sides to everyone, no less Ryan Gosling. Though he did star in “The Notebook,” films such as “Lars and the Real Girl” and “The United States of Leland” show that he has more than star potential in chick flicks. Dead Man’s Bones confirms this even further. Did anyone know besides his bandmates that he also is a singer and multi-instrumentalist?
Usually, the albums of actors lack substance or any worthwhile reason to listen to them. With Dead Man’s Bones, however, Gosling surprises. Full of heart, it rides the fence between artsy and accessible while sustaining interest throughout. It’s heady, completely genuine, and full of many little things that catch one’s ear unexpectedly.
If David Lynch and Tom Waits got drunk in a bar on Halloween, this would be playing on the loudspeakers. It’s dark, borderline absurd, and has the wanton abandon of drunken ghosts on a pirate ship. It’s full of weeping, gnashing of teeth, and drunken cheers, not to mention a choir of kids chanting the chorus in some parts. To cap off all its eclectic sounds and references, the last song, “Flowers Grow Out of My Grave” reminds one of something off the Grease soundtrack.
4 Huge Guns