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Abigail's Ghost

Live At Rosfest 2009 DVD

Review by Ron Fuchs

Abigail’s Ghost had two amazing studio albums under their belts so a live product, a DVD no less, was a perfect next release for the band. The band hails from Louisiana, and have been compared to recent Porcupine Tree albums. That is true but Abigail’s Ghost comes from a more accessible side of rock music whereas Porcupine Tree comes from the artsy or dare I say, progressive side of the genre. I think Abigail’s Ghost expands on the ideas from say In Absentia forward. Plus based on the performance on the DVD, this shows the band having a more rock energy on stage. Most progressive rock bands are sometime stiff like mannequins. The difference between the two bands comes more on D_letion than Selling Insincerity.

From the beginning of the DVD you feel the energy from lead singer/guitarist “Bones” Theriot and rhythm guitarist Randy LeBoeuf. LeBoeuf is the most energetic and quite enthusiastic. Sadly the audience were too stiff to truly enjoy it. I know, personally, I’d be showing my appreciation by standing up and clapping alongside the music. You knew right then and there you were in for a ride.

The setlist draws primarily from the recently released second album D_letion which I’m sure most of the audience hadn’t heard until then. People such as myself who missed this performance can experience the music from a live perspective over the studio versions. The songs stay true, for the most part, to the studio versions but seeing the band’s live energy makes it more interesting. The rest of the group, John Rodrigue (drums), Kenneth Wilson (bass) and Brett Guillory (keyboards) are equally energetic.

Aside from the 20 minute in studio footage “easter egg” (Click on LeBoeuf’s mouth on the DVD menu). It would have been nice to have some more rehearsals, music videos (if any exist) and some interviews. I can just imagine them to be quite humorous and informative. I’m thinking the band wanted to get this DVD out while still fresh off the RoSfest stage in 2009 which resulted in the lack of bonus feature content. I’m sure that will be rectified on a future DVD.

In closing Abigail’s Ghost captured me from the first album and continued on through the second album. So this DVD furthered my appreciation for the music. The sound and picture on this DVD is flawless (to my ears and eyes) which makes each viewing as enjoyable as the first time. If you’re a fan of Abigail's Ghost, then this DVD is a highly recommended “must have” for your collection.

This review originally appeared at Prognaut.com.

 

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2010  Volume 4 at lulu.com/strangesound.

 
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