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American Ghost

by The Commons

The Commons are an independent rock band from Trenton, NJ with touches of country and blues. Compared at times to Elvis Costello, Bob Mould, and Uncle Tupelo, The Commons continue to prove that quality music will always overshadow image.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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1. Big Big World
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2. Gas Huffin Housewife
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3. Fast Food Parking Lot
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4. Beat Up Car
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5. Kate and Joe
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6. Emma Rae
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7. John Somebody
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8. Isolation Room
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9. The Greenhorn
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10. Hey Josephine
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Album Notes
An independent rock band with touches of country & blues, The Commons have come a long way since their debut album “Anchor” hit the streets in the spring of 2000. Over the course of seven years they have released two EP’s, and three more studio albums including “Eat Off The Vines” in 2001, “Come On Get Gone” in 2003, and “Dirt Waffle” in 2005. With each of these albums came a change in the band’s sonic palette and an evolvement in their musicianship and camaraderie. Now, with tracks in independent movies, television and numerous compilations, The Commons have carved out their latest full-length offering “American Ghost.” Recorded between May 2006 and June 2007 at SRG Studios in Hamilton, New Jersey, “American Ghost” elegantly captures the band at its height of creativity and exploration of sonic texture. Engineered, mixed, and mastered by lead-guitarist Sean Glonek, it is a deftly layered album in terms of its sound and lyrics, and its distinctive production reveals a clear sense of the band's musical maturity and sonic adventurism. Released in August of 2007, with an anticipated heavy radio, advertising, and touring campaign, “American Ghost” is a collection of stories about people lost in an American dream. Ten “mini-movies” with characters all bound by love, loss, triumph, disappointment, sacrifice, and hope. Once you open this sonic storybook you may love it, you may hate it, but if you allow these stories deep enough into your mind you may find that you are an American Ghost.

"A brillant and essential addendum to the vernacular of recorded music. Bravo gentlemen. A Gazillion Stars." Colie Brice, AERIA Records, August 2007

"Their best release to date." Gary Wien, Upstage Magazine, August 2007

"Passion and soul that pull the listener into the middle of the CD and keep them there until the end. If the industry ignores this effort, they are ridiculous." John Pfeiffer, The Aquarian Shoreworld, September 2007

"You can never run out of superlatives when discussing this release. Year in and year out a great band. Always have been, always will be." Uncle Mike, Two River Times, September 2007

"The more I listen to this CD the more I become addicted to the songs. Album of the year." Donnie G, The Rag, September 2007

"Brilliant songs. One of this year's best." Ken Shane, The Aquarian, September 2007

"100% on the money. A real moving and sparkling little gem." Joe Wawrzyniak, Jersey Beat Magazine, September 2007


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Colie Brice

A dignified heart wrenching and graceful finale..
"A brillant and essential addendum to the vernacular of recorded music. Discerning listeners will luxuriate in this emotionally gripping, sonically sensuous,and simply beautiful masterpiece. A dignified heart wrenching and graceful finale from The Commons, the best band too many folks never heard, bravo, bravo, bravo gentlemen.." ** A Gazillion Stars **


A True Masterpiece
Buy the CD for the beautiful, tear inducing lyrics of "Hey Josephine" and then get sucked in by the 10 other masterfully written, produced and performed songs. From the first notes of 'Big, Big World' to the final "I love you, goodnight" in Hey Josephine, let yourself get carried away by the characters and the music.


ok. so my wife has THE definative STANGL pottery collection.. which was made in trenton decades ago. this cd,, should and hopefully WILL stand for all that the huge sign on a bridge crossing the delaware in trenton used to say. \" TRENTON MAKES, THE WORLD TAKES \" or something to that effect. in any case. this MASTERPEICE (look at the other reviews, the word FITS)is truely just that. i drove to montreal and back.. and never took this out of my player!! i have been lucky enough to hear this music performed live,,impeccably i might add. these lads deserve a listen,a break, and a part of AMERICAN songwriting HISTORY. TAKE IT. BUY IT. THE BEST THAT JERSEY HAS TO OFFER,, PERIOD!!!