Actor Ryan Gosling and his friend Zack Shields were set on singing about the undead since their fascination for the afterlife brought them together. Gosling breaks the pattern of actor-turned-musician with his band Dead Man's Bones and their first self-titled album which came out Oct. of last year. It is eerie, bizarre and delightful.
The album begins with spoken word of life after death. It flows effortlessly into doo-wop with "Paper Ships," R&B in "Dead Man's Bones," a throw to Beck in "Werewolf Heart" and a carnival tune with "In the Room Where You Sleep."
Gosling's voice croons through the album. In the romantic lyrics of "My Body's a Zombie for You" he sings of the smell of his breath "from the blood of your neck."
With the exception of a few serious songs, the album is weird and adorable and could put a smile on any face that is alive, dead or undead.
Blowing wind, cracking thunder, footsteps and howling throughout continue the bizarre feeling. The album is perfect for a Halloween party. You might even find yourself listening to it in your car long after All Saints Day.