Release Date: Oct 25, 2010
Record label: Chimera Music
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
It’s a blessing and a curse to pursue music as the son of a Beatle: for every curious Fab Four fan, there are five cynics crying “nepotism. ” As on his solo albums, Sean Lennon’s latest project—The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, a collaboration with girlfriend/model Charlotte Kemp Muhl—finds the singer haunted by the rock-star dad with whom he shares both vocal timbre and a fondness for minor-key melodies. Muhl’s airy pipes pair well with Lennon’s reed-like stylings on the hazy folk of “Candy Necklace” and the sighing a cappella arrangement of “The World Was Made for Men.
It’s a sad fact of rock ‘n’ roll that we want our singers tortured, wrecked over fame, money, drugs, sex, or (ideally) the consequences of expecting one in exchange for another. Jimmy Buffet fans aside, nobody wants to hear some happy dude singing about how great he’s got it. The struggle is essential to the song. (If Mick Jagger could have gotten satisfaction, what was he doing reinterpreting the blues?) Enter Sean Lennon and girlfriend Charlotte Kemp Muhl with Acoustic Sessions, prancing arm in arm under the strange moniker the Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger.
I’m not sure which band name seems more metal: The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, or the acronym GOASTT. In either case, the real story couldn’t be farther from the truth. That moniker is actually attached to Sean Lennon, the son of the legendary John Lennon, and his model girlfriend, Charlotte Kemp Muhl. And, judging from the title of this new release alone, it’s pretty clear that this ain’t Mastodon.
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