CocoRosie’s “The Adventures of Ghosthorse and Stillborn”: Music review

CocoRosie move into attempts at electronic, beatbox and hiphop territory on their third album, 2007’s “The Adventures of Ghosthorse and Stillborn.”
More instruments are introduced, but some of the playing is a little too stilted or amateurish, which works well when playing melody’s on children’s toys or novelty instruments, but works less well when dealing with electric bass, organs, full drum sets, or guitars. Elsewhere the instruments seem to be handled more expertly, such as the swelling harp, strings, percussion, and wind instruments of the gorgeous “Raphael.”
At times you wonder if CocoRosie is aping M.I.A., such as on “Japan.”
Despite some of the confusion, there are moments of the truly sublime such as the operatic sequences in “House” and towards the end of “Japan,” or the more familiar sonic landscapes of “Bloody Twins,” “Sunshine” and “Black Poppies.”

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