Abel Tesfaye's dark, twisted album is at odds with the glossy pop world he's been thrust into
Poe : Haunted
Spooky New Yorker's family affair
Little girls laughing far away in the woods, the voice of a dead man on the phone, the tap-tap-tap on your window. BOO! Ha ha! No, really, in the last ten minutes your correspondent has eaten a Pop Tart that was scarier than 'Haunted'. The samples are spooky enough - teenage Poe leaves her mother an answerphone message to say her father has died on 'Exploration B' - but when the occasionally impressive songs kick in, we're suddenly watching the goth slot at Lilith Fair.
Imagine Sophie Ellis-Bextor singing the hits of Garbage and you've pinned 'Wild' and '5&1/2 Minute Hallway', while the rest wants to be a vampire Polly Harvey but comes out as Sheryl Crow in a ski mask. Look behind you! There's a copy of 'Stories From The City...'!
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