Music Review

Dead Man's Bones (2009)

EW's GRADE
C+

Details Release Date: Oct 06, 2009; Lead Performance: Dead Man's Bones; Genre: Rock

Ryan Gosling and buddy Zach Shields team up with the Silverlake Conservatory Children's Choir to prove that the best way to sidestep the inevitable ''celebrity cuts vanity album'' eye rolls is by replacing them with different eye rolls. How you respond to this cloying, gothic preciousness — musically equivalent to Sufjan Stevens beating up Arcade Fire leader Win Butler on the way to see Where the Wild Things Are — will have everything to do with your personal tolerance level for things like rough-hewn songcraft and small children chanting about zombies. C+

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Originally posted Oct 09, 2009 Published in issue #1071 Oct 16, 2009 Order article reprints