Taking a look at her stunning fashion career appearance, you expect much less thoughtful moments on her debut album. You may think of her as an instant pop shock, slow fading and doomed. That’s really not true. Karen Elson’s first struggle will be escaping the shadow of her husband Jack White (White Stripes). Then she’s on a voyage to find her alt country charms. She’s aced both those tests I’m afraid! Naggers must point fingers on someone else. Not this time. Elson’s ghostly pop earns credit from many correct sources of inspirations. When she’s pop inclined, her music sounds like a juvenile blend of Mazzy Star and Beach House. On her more country moments, she reminds us of Neko Case (even if her voice doesn’t reach Case’s summits). You can still feel White’s presence in songwriting. You just can’t generate all this beauty out of the blues. White is no stranger to country women. You remember Loretta Lynn, right?
“The Ghost Who Walks” is a somber melodic pop opus, tangled with Elson’s ghostly femme vocals. The dreamy keyboard sounds marvelously nightly and soothing. (Buy)