Label: Heavenly Recordings Release date: 23/08/10 Myspace Perhaps undeservedly so, I’d written Cherry Ghost off as a slightly poorer version of The National. ‘Black Fang’ doesn’t do too much to steer the band away from this preconception, but it’s not as though it’s a particularly awful description for Cherry Ghost. The brooding drone of ‘Black Fang’ is nice enough, occasionally sounding as though it’s jumped on the Mumford & Sons bandwagon a little too heavily. Again, this isn’t a bad thing but sometimes it’s hard to enjoy a song when you feel as though it has no real identity. It’s the sort of song you’d expect The OC et al to pick up to play over a particularly heartbreaking scene where nothing much really happens at all. ‘Black Fang’ broods its way through an impressive flurry of pretty melodies, if not slightly repetitive, and rarely strays from its rigidity. It makes the song needlessly dull at times, and feels as though its stuck in a loop, occasionally confused about where it’s going next. That’s not to say it’s bad - it’s a nice song, but without any real feeling of experimentation the intensity, sincerity and sentiments of the song are sadly misplaced. Photobucket