I’ll admit, I sort of like Tegan and Sara’s Walking with a Ghost, but I have to give it up to Pitchfork’s Marc Hogan (not to be confused with the smart brother on the Hogan Family) for murdering it with such style.
The first single from So Jealous, “Walking With a Ghost”, sounds like one of those dummy mp3s major labels post on KaZaA to fool unsuspecting music lovers, where the first 10 seconds loop for five minutes. Remember when you thought “House of Jealous Lovers” was instrumental? “Walking With a Ghost” repeats three or four mundane phrases– particularly “out of my mind”– dozens of times in two-and-a-half-minutes, all over the same jerky, studio-polished guitar chords. I suppose it’s almost as catchy as the latest McDonalds jingle, but it’s also utterly boring.